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Polk Health Officials offering free diabetes classes
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Polk Health Officials offering free diabetes classes

Bartow, FL -- The Polk Health Care Plan has announced additional free Diabetic Classes for Polk County residents on July 15 and 22.

The materials, they say, can be life-saving.

According to diabetes.org, the American Diabetes Association homepage, Diabetes is the fastest-growing disease in the country and the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the U.S.

At current trends, the organization says one out of three Americans, and one in two minorities, will develop diabetes in their lifetime and that each day, approximately 4,110 people are diagnosed with diabetes, and 613 people die from the disease.

It's a growing problem.

"Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45%. The United States spends approximately $132 billion on diabetes-related issues per year. Diabetes alone represents 11% of the U.S. health care expenditure."

Diabetes can lead to a wide range of other serious health complications, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, dental disease, nervous system disease, complications of pregnancy and more, according to health officials.

Each year more than 80,000 people with diabetes undergo amputation and the indirect costs of diabetes include nearly 88 million days of disability leave from work; 176,000 cases of permanent disability were caused by diabetes, at a cost of $7.5 billion; the indirect costs of diabetes are estimated to be $40 billion.

To reserve seats for the Polk County classes, residents should call 863-519-2041 or 863-519-2066.

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