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Nashville, Ark. – Are you diabetic? Chances are if you are not diabetic, you certainly
know someone who is diabetic. Diabetes is a disease with serious consequences and
managing can be a challenge. Untreated, diabetes can increase a person’s risk of heart
disease or stroke, kidney failure, blindness, lower limb amputation and nerve damage.
The good news is diabetes can be controlled and with proper care can delay or even
prevent other health problems.
What exactly is diabetes? It is a group of diseases marked by high levels
of blood glucose, resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or
both. Diabetes is recognized as a leading cause of death in the United States. It
is associated with long-term complications that affect almost every major part of
There are certain factors that increase your chance of developing diabetes.
These include age. As people age, they tend to be less active. This leads to unwanted
weight gain which can result in diabetes. Your risk increases if you have a family
history of diabetes. Another risk factor for developing diabetes includes high blood
pressure and high cholesterol levels.
There are basically two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1,
previously called insulin dependent or juvenile onset diabetes accounts for 5 to 10
percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes, previously called non-insulin dependent or adult-onset
diabetes accounts for 90-95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes
is increasingly become diagnosed in children and adolescents.
Symptoms of diabetes include tiredness, increased thirst, increased urination,
infections and cuts that don’t heal, blurred vision, hunger and weight loss. If you
experience one or more of these symptoms or are over 40 years old and have one or
more of the risk factors, you may want your doctor to do a simple test to see if you
have high blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is managed with diet, exercise and sometimes medication. The
major goal in managing diabetes is to keep blood sugar levels as near normal as possible.
Daily monitoring of blood sugar levels is an essential part of maintaining near normal
People with diabetes can live long, healthy, happy lives. Following a
balanced diet recommended by a doctor or registered dietitian, monitoring carbohydrate
intake and watching portion sizes are some of the dietary practices that are necessary
for managing blood sugar levels. Regular exercise is also an essential part of diabetes
management. When medication is prescribed, it is the third piece of the management
Early diagnosis and proper treatment of diabetes can help delay the onset
and severity of complications associated with diabetes.
To help manage diabetes, you may want to attend the One-Day Diabetes Course
being offered by the Howard County Extension Service. The course will be offered Tuesday,
April 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The class will provide nutrition education for
people with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their families. Participants will learn tips
for managing blood glucose, blood cholesterol and blood pressure; learn simple meal
planning strategies; carbohydrate counting and nutrition, plus learn how to prepare
and sample new recipes. Celeste Scarborough, County Extension Agent-Family Consumer
Sciences for Little River County will be the guest speaker. Celeste is also a registered
The class is being sponsored in part by the Howard County Health Improvement
Coalition. There will be no fee for the program.
If you are interested in participating in this program you must pre-register
by calling the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517. Please register no
later than April 13.
The One-Day Diabetes Course is open to all persons regardless of race,
color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability,
marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.
If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another
format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible. Dial 711
for Arkansas Relay.
Recipe of the Week
Fresh strawberries are starting to show up on the grocery shelves as seasonal
fruit. Here is a recipe you can make and enjoy if you are diabetic or preparing food
for someone who is diabetic.
FROZEN STRAWBERRY SALAD
8 ounces nonfat cream cheese
5 packets artificial sweetener
1 (10-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 (10-ounce) package unsweetened strawberries
8 ounces nonfat whipped topping
Place all ingredients except for whipped topping into a blender. Blend
for several seconds. Stir whipped topping into blended ingredients. Freeze in a 9-inch
Yield: 12 servings
Nutrition information per serving: Calories-64, Protein-4g, Carbohydrate-12g, Total
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need
materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other
appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.