Learn to Manage Diabetes and Live Healthy

Are you having trouble managing your diabetes? If you’re not careful, it can lead to life-threatening complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and even amputation.

To help the community take control of the disease, Mercy Arthritis Center will present “Living Healthy with Diabetes,” a six-week course that begins Wednesday, July 2. Participants will learn how to do the following:

Manage symptoms Communicate effectively with doctors and health care professionals Lessen frustration Fight fatigue and pain Eat healthier and read nutrition labels Keep blood sugar in check Make daily tasks easier

The free course will run from 1-3:30 p.m. each Wednesday from July 2 through August 6. Each session will be held at Mercy Health Plans, located at 4520 S. National Ave. in Springfield. Space is limited; call (417) 888-6787 to register.

The six-week course is a collaboration with the Southwest Missouri Regional Arthritis Center. The $20 fee for each course has been waived, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Participants will also receive a free book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”

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