Diabetes workshop coming to Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published March 4, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, or NKFM, is raising awareness about the increased risk of diabetes and kidney disease in African Americans, and the importance of lifestyle changes to prevent or manage these health issues.

To help manage diabetes, the foundation is offering a Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health, or PATH, workshop in Macomb Township.

A press release from the foundation states that diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure among African Americans.

The workshop is free and provides skills and tools for those living with diabetes and their loved ones. It is scheduled in Macomb Township every Wednesday, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., beginning March 4 and running through April 8, at the Macomb Township Recreation Center, located at 20699 Macomb Drive.

The release indicates that an estimated 4.9 million of all non-Hispanic blacks ages 20 and older have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.

“Additionally, African Americans with unmanaged diabetes are four times more likely to suffer serious diabetes-related complications, such as blindness, kidney failure and blood vessel damage resulting in amputations,” the release states. “In 2017, African Americans were twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to die from diabetes.”

The NKFM’s mission is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. For the past 12 years, Charity Navigator, a nonprofit evaluator, has recognized the NKFM with its highest rating of 4 stars for success in sound fiscal management.

To register for the workshop, call Beaumont Health at (800) 633-7377 or visit classes.beaumont.org. To find additional PATH programs, visit mihealthyprograms.org.