In Louisiana, 13.9 percent of adults have diabetes and 37.5 percent have prediabetes. In fact, the rate is so high that all Louisianans with prediabetes could fill the Superdome 16.6 times and all Louisianans with diabetes could fill Tiger Stadium 4.4 times! What’s even more alarming is the fact that this percentage is on the rise. The impact of diabetes is costly, and if uncontrolled, this disease can lead to a variety of complications, including stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, amputation and blindness.
Diabetes is unique in that it cannot be treated by taking medication like many other diseases. The trick to successfully managing diabetes involves a complete lifestyle approach, including knowing the disease process, monitoring your blood sugar levels, engaging in physical activity, eating a healthful diet fit for your needs, and managing medications and doses. Even following all guidelines will not guarantee perfect blood sugar levels, especially if stress or illness are in the picture. This means that, on top of managing your lifestyle, having diabetes requires quite a bit of problem solving because life happens.
Have you been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have had it for a while and have forgotten how to manage it? Are you not sure exactly what you should eat? Dining with Diabetes is a program that helps adults at risk or with Type 2 diabetes learn how to manage their condition through meal planning, label reading and portion control. Diabetes education is vital for life-long success with managing your condition.The LSU AgCenter is offering Dining with Diabetes, an educational opportunity, for those who have or who are at risk for diabetes or prediabetes. This five-part educational series will be held October 7, 14, 21, and 28. The date for the fifth class/ follow-up reunion class will be announced at a later time. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the LSU AgCenter Office located at10032 West Feliciana Parkway, St. Francisville, LA 70775. Classes last 1½-2 hours each session.
The program will be conducted by Layne Langley, M.S., Area Nutrition Agent, with the LSU AgCenter and Dewana Bobo, nurse practitioner with The Daniel Clinic. Participants will receive all information discussed at each class, tools to help successfully manage their condition and the opportunity to sample tasty, healthful diabetic-friendly dishes. Staying educated in diabetes helps empower you to control your diabetes so it doesn’t control you.
This program is open to the public. The cost is $40* to attend the series. You should plan to attend all five classes to get the information presented as each class is a different topic. Please call 225-635-3614 for more information. To attend this series of classes, please register online and select “Dining with Diabetes - West Feliciana 2019”. Seating is limited. Registration ends on September 23, 2019.
Follow-up reunion – Guest speaker – Date will be announced
Remember to register online here for this great educational opportunity.
*The cost to participate is used to cover food and supplies.