JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Representativeswith a local hospital are working to raise awareness about a disease on therise.
Northeast Arkansas BaptistHospital hosted a luncheon on Wednesday at Southwest Church of Christ inJonesboro. The hospital spoke about the Type 2 Diabetes at the luncheon.
The hospital said they hopeto educate as many people as possible on symptoms, treatments and forms ofprevention.
Denell Whittingham livesin Harrisburg and said getting informed was important for her.
"My husband is a type 2diabetic and so, of course, I'm preparing meals," said Whittingham. "So, themore educated I am about the meals that he's eating and I put before myself andmy family, you know, the healthier we'll all be."
According to the AmericanDiabetes Association, someone is diagnosed with diabetes every 17 seconds.
About 230 people attended Wednesday'sluncheon.