By Paula Butler
Texas AgriLife Extension
Are you or someone in your family at risk for type 2 diabetes? Almost a quarter of people over 65 years old have diabetes and 57 million people have pre-diabetes, which means they are at very high risk for developing diabetes. Your risk is higher if you are over 45 years of age, especially if you are over your recommended weight. You are also at higher risk if you are less than 45 years of age and have any of these risk factors: physically inactive; have close relatives with diabetes are a member of high-risk ethnic populations such as African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander; have delivered a baby over 9 pounds; have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or or triglycerides, polycystic ovary syndrome, tests indicating your body is not handling glucose well, or a history of vascular disease.
If you think you are at risk, ask your doctor or clinic for a fasting blood glucose test. Then, make sure you understand the results when they come back to you. Ask for a copy, and keep that copy somewhere so you can find it and compare future results.
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 moderate speed and losing 7 percent of your body weight, 58 percent of the people participating in this study did not develop diabetes.
If you know you have diabetes and you want to learn more about how to make sure you do the best you can by keeping your blood glucose in the range recommended by the American Diabetes Association, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Navarro County will be offering Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes during this month of September.
This 4 week program series will help teach you how to manage type 2 diabetes and classes will be held Sept. 11, 18, 25, and Oct. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Corsicana Public Library. There will be a $10 fee for the entire series and all lessons will be taught by community healthcare professionals.
For more information and to register call 903-654-3075. Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.
Paula Butler is a Texas AgriLife extension agent.