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Diabetes Management is All About Control

by Penn State Extension

Dec 05, 2019
Public Health

Developing a healthy lifestyle is all about taking control. When you have type 2 diabetes can mean several things. For example, it means learning how to manage your blood sugar, keeping your blood pressure in check, eating well-balanced healthy meals and adding exercise to your daily activities. Many people with type 2 diabetes struggle with basic diabetes management.

In the United States there are about 29 million people with diabetes. That is about 1 in 11 people. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes, working together with their support network and their health care providers, can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

If you or a loved one is struggling to manage diabetes, The Penn State Extension Dining with Diabetes program could be for you. This nationally accredited program is for adults with type 2 diabetes. Family members are also invited to attend the program. Classes are offered weekly for five weeks and kicks off with an orientation session. Participants meet again three months later for a follow-up session to check progress.

Participants learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, simple, and tasty. Participants will have the opportunity to help prepare recipes and sample the foods, and will also learn up to date information on nutrition, planning, and important diabetes-related medical tests. A1C, a measure of blood glucose levels (a $35 value) and blood pressure will be taken at the orientation session and follow-up class. Participants are also given incentives such as an exercise DVD, plate method placemat, and a Dining with Diabetes Cookbook.

Comments from past participants:

“A great overall review of better eating habits and it was fun!”

“The Class was very informative with information about eating and all aspects of healthy living. Recipes were great and easy to make. The whole family and friends liked them. Coming to class was time well spent.”

Diabetes is a very serious and costly disease, but research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels, eat healthy, and exercise regularly can lower their risk of complications and lead a healthier and more productive life.

Dining with Diabetes will be held at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533. All sessions will be held Monday afternoons March 4, 11, 18, April 1, 8 2020. Follow-up session will be held Monday June 3, 2020. All sessions will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The cost of the class is $19 per person. To register call Penn State Extension at 877-345-0691 or register online at:

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