Saturday , 3 December 2016

A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center to Host April Diabetes Series

diabetesAre you one of the one million Texans who have diabetes?  Do you have family members or friends who have type 2 diabetes?  Diabetes seems to be very common these days.  I have several friends who have been diagnosed in the last year. We deal with diabetes every day at my house since my husband was diagnosed several years ago. How many in your circle of friends and acquaintances have type 2 diabetes?

As you may well know, diabetes is also very expensive.  The estimated total medical expenditures incurred by persons with diabetes totaled $13,243 per capita per year versus $2,560 for persons without diabetes. On a national level, the total expenditures attributed to diabetes and its complications and lost productivity were estimated at $132 billion in 2002.  Complications include blindness, lower extremity amputation, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

But the news isn’t all bad.  Diabetes doesn’t have to be a life-threatening disease.  Early diagnosis and treatment along with good management practices are the keys to a long and healthy life for persons with diabetes.

Good management practices require accurate and up-to-date information.  To help you, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes,  a comprehensive four-week program for adults with type 2 diabetes.  Topics will be discussed by Certified Diabetes Educators from Methodist Richardson Health Center and Centennial Medical Center along with professional educators.

The series will be conducted Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road.  This facility is located at the intersection of McCallum Blvd and Coit Road and is between the Bush Turnpike and Campbell Road.  Since there are only four buildings in this complex, just look for the signage that designates Building E.  There is plenty of free parking in front of the building.  Bring a snack so that you can stay on your meal plan; bottled water will be provided.

Topics include Managing Your Glucose Level, One Diabetes Diet: No Longer the Sole Option,  Diabetes and Exercise, Nutritional Labels, Diabetes Medicines, For Good Measure: At Home and Eating Out, Nutritional Labels, and Preventing and Managing Complications.

Registration is $12 per person or $20 per couple. It’s helpful if a family member also comes so that you both hear the information at the same time. Make checks payable to FCS Committee and send your name, family members name if attending,  complete mailing address, phone number and  email address to me at  825 N. McDonald, Suite 150, McKinney 75069.  Registration must be received by March 28.

Questions?  Contact Carrie Brazeal at 972-424-1460, Ext. 4233 or email c-brazeal@tamu.edu.

You can be successful at managing diabetes. One way to ensure success is being knowledgeable about this disease and implementing some of the strategies that we’ll be discussing. If you haven’t been to a diabetes class in a while, consider coming to this one. There’s a lot of research going on with diabetes, so management practices might have changed.  Hope to see you in this class!

Story submitted by Carrie Brazeal

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