Managing diabetes through nutrition

By Tanya Davis | Published Thursday, September 15, 2011

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Today, type 2 diabetes is a fact of life for millions of people, reaching epidemic proportions of 120 million worldwide.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 21 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 20 million of them have type 2 (formerly known as adult-onset diabetes). In the next 50 years, projections of the disease increase to 28 million Americans.

The incidence of type 2 diabetes is particularly high within high-risk populations including African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asians.

In Texas, 1.6 million have the disease; some 940,000 know that they have diabetes, whereas 680,000 are unaware.

Type 2 diabetes can cause problems throughout the body, but those who have it can do a lot to improve their own health by keeping a careful watch on their nutrition. People with diabetes can live long, healthy lives if they take good care of themselves particularly by controlling blood glucose levels through good nutrition.

With the aforementioned facts in mind, I hope that you plan to join us for “Managing Diabetes through Nutrition and Healthy Eating.”

The program targets persons 60 years and older and/or their caregivers. The event is planned for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdin Ave.

The approximate hour-long program focuses on providing guidelines for good nutrition, how to utilize information found on food labels for menu planning and a cooking demonstration.

North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging will provide each participant (one per family) a copy of the American Diabetes Association book, “Month of Meals: Diabetic Meal Planner.”

Also, Home Health Care of North Central Texas will offer free blood pressure checks.

To reserve your spot, call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 no later than Tuesday, Sept. 20.

For more information, call Tanya Davis, county Extension agent at (940) 627-3341, come by the Extension office, 206 S. State St. in Decatur, or e-mail ttdavis@ag.tamu.edu.

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