Dining with Diabetes during the Holidays

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By: Rebecca Seratt
Extension Agent

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the number of cases of diabetes has QAUDRUPLED since 1980!
Approximately 422 million people worldwide are living with diabetes. A study reported by the NIH cites obesity as the main contributor to the increase.
Diabetes is a health concern that has become all too common in our society. But what exactly is diabetes and what leads to a person having the condition? According to the CDC, diabetes “is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.” They go on to say, “When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood.”
Diabetes is listed as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States by the CDC. The good news is that diabetes can be controlled through several methods. Among those methods is getting regular physical activity and managing one’s diet. UT Extension—Chester County recognizes the importance of staying healthy through exercise and eating well; therefore, we are offering a unique program to people with diabetes and/or their caregivers this fall!
Dining with Diabetes during the Holidays is open to anyone with diabetes, prediabetes, family members or caretakers. Classes will include information on carbs, sugar, sweeteners, and important exams. Each participant will learn healthy recipes that do not cut taste, will sample a variety of foods, and will receive educational information about diabetes management from various local healthcare professionals. Free food and door prizes will be available at each session.
Diabetes is a very serious and costly disease. Research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood sugar levels, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly can lower their risk of complications. Individuals with diabetes can lead a healthy and productive life when they manage their disease.
This is a free workshop, but pre-registration is required. Please contact the UT Extension Office in Chester County at 989-2103 to register by Nov. 4.