Posted by: Patricia Hysong | November 15, 2013

Dining with Diabetes

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  Diabetes, no matter the type, means you have too much glucose in your blood. The reasons for the excess of glucose may differ but having too much of it can lead to serious health problems. While much is known about diabetes, getting the diagnosis can be overwhelming. There are new things to learn and it can be a confusing time when one is trying to comprehend the diagnosis and the lifestyle changes that will need to be made. One program that can help inform people with diabetes, their caregivers, friends, family and anyone interested in learning about diabetes is Dining with Diabetes.

Dining with Diabetes (DwD) is a program developed through Extension to help fill a need for education and help patients learn strategies to manage their diabetes. Some of the core issues and goals focused on are:

  • Learning the important numbers you will need to know
  • Planning healthy meals
  • Making good food choices
  • Preparing and cooking in a healthy way
  • Portion control
  • Making sure to incorporate healthy activity
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • The importance of managing their diabetes
  • Improving the health and lives of people with diabetes and their families

DwD cannot and is not meant to replace diabetes education but rather can be used as a companion piece to the education and information provided to the patient by medical professionals. In this capacity, Dining with Diabetes can provide daily practical ideas and a comforting place to share with others that are going through the same thing. It can make the diagnosis less overwhelming.

DwD is found in many states and is conducted in cooperation with local Extension Services and health care professionals. Each state may run the program slightly different but essentially the purpose and goals are the same. For more information about the availability of Dining with Diabetes near you, contact your local Extension office.

For information about Dining with Diabetes in Wyoming, click here.

You can find a more in-depth definition of Diabetes here.

If you would like more information about Diabetes, visit National Diabetes Month 2013 or the American Diabetes Association.

Input provided by Food and Nutrition Specialist, Melissa Bardsley MS, RD, LD, CDE. Thank you!

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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