LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in America — 1-in-10 people have the disease.

In addition, 1-in-5 people don’t even know they have diabetes.

That’s just one reason why Norton is sounding the alarm with its Talk, Walk, and Dine with a Doctor event, which focuses on being proactive not reactive to the disease.

Clinical Social Worker Jonathon White with Norton Healthcare joined WDRB Mornings on Saturday to discuss the disease and the event, happening on Oct. 4.

The purpose of Talk, Walk and Dine with a Doctor is to educate people on diabetes, how to manage it, and provide necessary resources and support.

“This event promotes health literacy. Education is important, and support,” White said.

Diabetes impacts so many people in many ways and a lot don’t even know they’re living with it.

“Diabetes is a serious chronic illness,” White said. “It can impact the mental health because it impacts the mind and body,” White said.

Daily maintenance of the disease, like monitoring blood sugar levels and insulin, can lead to stress. White said it’s important for people with diabetes have a support system.

“Natural support we can get from family and friends can be helpful,” White said.

White also said that diabetes can cause other serious illness and conditions such as lost of limbs, visual impairments and cardiovascular problems. That’s why White said education is so vital. 

“Healthy people make healthier communities,” White said.

Norton Healthcare’s Talk, Walk and Dine with a Doctor is on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 5-7 p.m. It is a free event with kids activities and free glucose testing.

People can click here to register for Talk, Walk and Dine with a Doctor event.

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