TAVARES —The Florida Department of Health estimated in 2010 that more than 13 percent of Lake County adults were diagnosed with diabetes.
Lake County residents may learn how to reduce the risk or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes by attending the “Small Steps/Big Rewards” educational series from the UF/Lake County Extension. The three-part series will explain what diabetes is, discuss risks and symptoms, and provide steps to help prevent the disease. The series will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 19, 26 and April 2 at the Lake County Agriculture Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 35 percent of U.S. adults 20 and older and 50 percent of adults 65 and older have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes, the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major contributor to heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney failure.
“If current trends continue, one in three Americans will develop diabetes sometime in their lifetime,” said Julie England, family and consumer sciences extension agent with the UF/Lake County Extension, who will present the series. “Like many diseases, the best way to control diabetes is to make choices to try and prevent it.”
There is a $7 materials fee and registration is required by Monday, March 18. To register, visit http://prevent2013.eventbrite.com or call 352-343-4101 ext. 2719. Those who register should plan to attend all three classes in the series.
The Lake County Extension provides research-based information and educational program cooperatively with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida for all aspects of horticulture, agriculture, food safety, the home environment, financial management and 4-H youth programs.
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