Friday , 22 June 2018

Diabetes Classes Scheduled for April

Submitted by Carrie Brazeal

Are you one of the one million Texans who have diabetes?  Do you have family members or friends who have type 2 diabetes? Did you realize that diabetes affects more than 18.2 million people in the U.S. and is the seventh leading cause of death and the sixth leading cause of death by disease?

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 ADo 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 Baylor Regional Health Center at Plano.

The series will be conducted Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16 and 23, 9:30 – 11:45 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 Entrance Building.  There is plenty of free parking in front of the building.  Bring a snack so that you can stay on your meal schedule; 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 member’s 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 me at 972-548-4233 or metro 972-424-1460, Ext. 2433 or email

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!

Carrie T. Brazeal is the Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Texas AgriLife Extension Service.  She may be reached at 972-548-4233, metro 972-424-1460, Ext. 4233 or email

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