Imagine a gathering with 10 of your friends and family members. Now imagine that at least one of you has a disease that can lead to blindness, or amputation, or a stroke. The prospect is not at all far-fetched.

 About one in 10 Kansans has been diagnosed with diabetes, a chronic disease characterized by elevated blood sugar (blood glucose). High levels of blood glucose are a result of inadequate production of insulin or a resistance to the effects of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) and released into your bloodstream. Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.

If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it makes as well as it should. When there isn’t enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream, which over time can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.

There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but healthy lifestyle habits, taking medicine as needed, getting diabetes self-management education, and keeping appointments with your health care team can greatly reduce its impact on your life.

K-State Research and Extension – Harvey County is offering “Dining with Diabetes”, a national extension program designed to boost the health and wellness of Kansans with Type 2 diabetes and help educate their family members, caregivers and others who support them.

When:  4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Every Tuesday starting March 6.

Where: Newton Rec Center.

What you need to bring:  $30 on the first session. That will be used to provide a meal and handouts for every class.

If you have any questions, contact the office at 316-284-6930.

— Anne Pitts is a Kansas State Research and Extension Agent for Harvey County. Family and consumer science is her specialty. The Harvey County Extension Office can be contacted at 284-6930
 

Dining with Diabetes

 

Imagine a gathering with 10 of your friends and family members. Now imagine that at least one of you has a disease that can lead to blindness… or amputation... or a stroke. The prospect is not at all far-fetched.

 

About one in 10 Kansans has been diagnosed with diabetes, a chronic disease characterized by elevated blood sugar (blood glucose). High levels of blood glucose are a result of inadequate production of insulin or a resistance to the effects of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas.

 

K-State Research and Extension – Harvey County is offering “Dining with Diabetes”, a national extension program designed to boost the health and wellness of Kansans with Type 2 diabetes and help educate their family members, caregivers and others who support them.

 

When:  Every Tuesday in March starting the 6th

Where: Newton Rec Center

Time:   4:30-6:30 pm

 

What you need to bring:  $30 on the first session. That will be used to provide a meal and handouts for every class.

If you have any questions, contact the office at 316-284-6930.