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Navicent Health 'Lunch and Learn' event promotes diabetes awareness

MACON, Ga. -- Diabetes affects around 29 million people in the U.S. and now Navicent Health wants to keep the community informed about the disease.

The hospital held a lunch and learn event on Thursday to raise awareness for diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious and life threatening issues including blindness, heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.

Organizers said there are numerous resources available for people.

"There are several education centers that are out there that we do like for people to take advantage of because you can't know, you can't take care of something if you don't you don't know how to," said Julie Deese, RN Nurse Manager at Navicent Health. "So we do outpatient classes and we do support groups and try to continue education throughout the year for the community so that they can learn how to take care of their diabetes."

The Medical Center will also host a diabetes education luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 7 titled "What's New with Diabetes?"

The event will focus on new innovations for diabetes treatment.

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