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Classes Focus on Managing Diabetes

WINDSOR, ME - APRIL 9:  Nancy Boily, 65, a personal care attendant, sits with Mildred Rood, 85, as Rood eats lunch during a recent home care visit to Rood's Windsor home Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Rood, 85, is homebound and largely confined to a wheelchair as a result of advanced diabetes, congestive heart failure and kidney disease.(Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer)
Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/AARP

Diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye and foot problems and kidney damage—conditions that can worsen over time.

AARP is working with the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) and Quality Insights, a Medicare quality improvement organization, to promote free classes for Medicare patients with diabetes. The weekly two-hour classes focus on the importance of diet and exercise, getting regular exams and managing medications. The sessions are also open to patients’ family members.

More than 239,000 West Virginians have diabetes, and 48,000 of them don’t know it. Diabetes costs the state $2.5 billion per year.

For details, go to or call 855-376-9382 toll-free. Or email Leigh Rice at

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