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Type 2 Diabetes Education Classes Underway Until March 11

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the number of people with diabetes has increased to a new high of 25.8 million, including 7 million undiagnosed individuals. In addition, 79 million people have pre-diabetes, which means they are at very high risk for developing diabetes. The incidence of diabetes is projected to increase 43 percent by 2020.

Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes is a five-week series of classes for people with Type 2 diabetes. Some of the topics covered include nutrition and meal planning, managing blood glucose, diabetes medicines, and are taught by area doctors, nurses, physical therapists, registered dieticians, and others. The class series is in progress until March 11 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the education room at Parkview Regional Hospital, 600 South Bonham, Mexia.

If you are told your results indicate you do have pre-diabetes, is there anything you can do to reduce your risk of developing diabetes? The Diabetes Prevention Program showed the answer is ?yes.?

By walking 30 minutes daily for 5 days each week at a moderate speed and losing 7 percent of your body weight, 58 percent of the people participating in this study did not develop diabetes. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has two additional programs that can help you to gain healthy habits. One is Walk Across Texas, an 8-week program to help people establish a habit of regular physical activity. The other program is Step Up and Scale Down, a 12-week program that helps people with healthy eating and achieving a healthy weight.

Call your Limestone County Extension agent, Vanessa Casad, at (254) 729-5314 to find out about these programs in your community and to register for the February and March Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes classes.

Free classes for High-Risk individuals. High-risk is defined as Healthy, age 65 or older; or living with: Chronic Asthma, Sickle Cell. Cirrhosis, Chronic Bronchitis, Obstructive Lung Disease, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Smoking, Cancer, Alcoholism, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness, Organ Transplant, Long-term Steroid Use, Leukemia, Hodgkin?s Disease, Substance Abuse, or Living in Long-Term Care Facility.

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

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