HONESDALE — When it comes to food, the holidays can be especially challenging if you have diabetes.

Tips—with tastings! – will be offered at this year’s Diabetes Taste-In on Sunday, November 5th at Ladore Lodge, 287 Owego Turnpike, Waymart from 1 pm to 3 pm. Registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators from Wayne Memorial Hospital and the Northeast PA Local Networking Group of the American Association of Diabetes Educators will provide healthy treats to sample, advice and recipes.

Additionally, the event will offer a special presentation by Periodontist Bryan J. Frantz, DMD, MS, PHDI (Perio and Dental Health Implants).

Dr. Frantz will focus on dental issues which often go untreated.

Learn how diabetes can affect your teeth and gums and overall oral health!

Dr. Franz, who works closely with diabetes educators like Carol Kneier of Wayne Memorial Hospital, will offer information and tips to help you keep your healthy smile.

“People with diabetes are at special risk for periodontal disease, an infection of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place,” says Kneier, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, a co-organizer of the Taste-In.

“Dry mouth, often a symptom of undetected diabetes, can cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay. Come hear Dr. Frantz and bring your questions!”

The Taste-In will showcase vendors and businesses that can help people with diabetes maintain the best overall health possible.

“During the holidays, you don’t have to starve yourself to stay healthy,” Kneier continues, “there are many low-fat, low-carbohydrate dishes you can have that are really tasty. Our goal at the Taste-In is to help you stay on track while you celebrate the season.”

The event is free and will offer tastings of appetizers, a main entrée, side dishes and desserts. Space is limited, so pre-registration is requested.

Call 570-253-8149 and leave your name, phone number and number of people attending.