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Are you at risk for diabetes?
Diabetes control program
Diabetes classes
Diabetes support groups
Needle disposal
Eye exams
Facts and figures
More information

Are you at risk for diabetes?
Twenty-five percent of Americans with diabetes don’t know they have the disease. Take a diabetes risk test to learn your risk for type 2 diabetes and whether you should follow up with one of the Health Department's diabetes educators to take steps to protect your health. For more information on diabetes, contact Joan Geohegan at 859.363.2115 or Julie Shapero at 859.363.2116.

Diabetes control program
The Health Department’s diabetes control program is a self-management training program for adults, and is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The program is facilitated by a Certified Diabetes Educator/Registered Nurse and a Registered, Licensed Dietitian. The Health Department offers group sessions to help you learn to manage your diabetes. Specific information is given on healthy eating, physical activity, coping with a chronic disease and more. The program is offered in the community. Counseling is also available in Spanish upon request. For more information, please call one of our educators, Joan Geohegan, RN, BSN, CDE, at 859.363.2115 or Julie Shapero, RD, LD, at 859.363.2116.

Diabetes classes
The Health Department routinely holds free classes on diabetes, with topics that include: what is diabetes, healthy eating, complications and more. The classes are led by a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian. For more information, please call Joan Geohegan at 859.363.2115 or Julie Shapero at 859.363.2116.

Diabetes support groups
The Health Department sponsors three adult diabetes support groups:

Dates and times are subject to change, so please contact Joan Geohegan at 859.363.2115 to confirm

Needle disposal
Need to dispose of needles or other medical waste at your home? The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has created a fact sheet with tips on how to protect yourself and those who pick up your trash.  
                               
Eye exams
If you have diabetes, regular eye exams are crucial to avoid eye problems. Diabetes can lead to eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy. Make sure to see your doctor as soon as possible if you have diabetes and start to experience issues with your vision.

Facts and figures

More information
For more information on diabetes, please call one of our educators, Joan Geohegan, RN, BSN, CDE, at 859.363.2115 or Julie Shapero, RD, LD, at 859.363.2116.

For the Kentucky Diabetes Resource guide, visit https://prd.chfs.ky.gov/KYDiabetesResources/