Diabetes Self-Management Classes
Call Khadijatu Fofanah (303) 355-3423 ext. 108 for the Diabetes Self-Management Class Schedule at the Center for African American Health, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Classes are held:
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Mondays, 5:30-8:00 p.m. (dinner hour evening classes include a light meal)
To register, or for information on classes in other Denver locations, and in Colorado Springs, call Khadijatu Fofanah or email email@example.com.
The Facts about Diabetes and African Americans
Type 2 diabetes (known as adult-onset diabetes) occurs when the body does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes effectively, resulting in high levels of blood glucose (blood sugar). Diabetes can lead to serious complications - blindness, kidney disease, amputations, and heart disease -- and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.
On average, African Americans are almost two times more likely than whites to have diabetes. Estimates are that 3.2 million, or 14.7% of all African Americans aged 20 years or older, have diabetes. Twenty-five percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have diabetes.
African Americans with diabetes are more likely to develop diabetes complications than whites. But diabetes complications can be reduced or significantly delayed by keeping blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels in target ranges, and by eating healthy foods, being physically active, taking diabetes medication as prescribed, and testing blood glucose levels.