Type 2 diabetes can damage many organs in our body. Therefore, it is important that we manage this chronic disease to prevent further damage.
Several tools are available that we can use to keep diabetes under control. One of these is our diet. It is for this reason we are providing you an opportunity to learn in more detail how to use the foods you eat to manage your type 2 diabetes.
Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24 in Pickett County and Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27 in Overton County you are invited to take advantage of Dining with Diabetes. This four-week educational and demonstration series is designed for persons with diabetes, their caregivers, or anyone wanting to improve eating habits.
You will learn how to plan meals, about carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fiber, and how they can benefit the body or create damage in the body. We will introduce the Diabetic MyPlate as a tool to help plan meals and eat a healthy variety. The Livingston Hospital’s new registered dietitian, Audrey Laycock, will be joining us for some of the meetings to help with some of these practices.
Cooking demonstrations will be held on three of the four evenings to help you learn techniques and sample new recipes. To help cover food cost, there will be a $20 charge for these classes. To register, drop by the UT Extension Office in Livingston or Byrdstown and sign-up. For more information on these classes, call me at either Overton (931) 823-2735 or Pickett (931) 864-3310 County.
I encourage parents who have children with type 2 diabetes to attend Dining with Diabetes as well. As you continue to read this disturbing article from Medline Plus you will learn many of the concern sthat physicians have regarding youth who have developed the chronic disease of type 2 diabetes.