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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Eleven Tips For Managing Diabetes

By Pamela Redwine

This Thursday, July 25, we have several programs that you may be interested in–Crochet class, 4-H Club meeting and MHV Picnic at the lake. Read more about each activity.
Our crochet class meets  twice a month at the Extension Office located in the Multi-Purpose building in Coffeeville. Participants enjoy the fellowship and the opportunity to crochet for a couple of hours each meeting. Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 25 at 10 a.m. Bring some yarn and a crochet needle and join us.
Both the older 4-H Club and the Clover Buds will meet on Thursday, July 25, at 3 p.m in the Extension Office located in the Multi-Purpose building. The meeting is free and is open to all youth ages 5 to 18. Please call 675-2730 to let us know your child will be coming.
The United Y.C. MHV club will have their annual picnic at the lake on Thursday, July 25.  Please contact me or Mrs. Julia Fernandez to find out what you need to bring.
Our Healthy You Exercise class is going good.  We are doing a three-mile walk video, but you can come and do as much or as little as you are able too. Feel free to join us! Bring water, wear cool comfortable clothes and good tennis shoes.

11 Tips for Managing Diabetes
    • Control your weight if you are overweight. Type 2 diabetes linked to obesity often disappears if the obesity is corrected.  
    • Participate in regular physical activity. Regular physical activity improves fitness and quality of life and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. It also helps with weight control.  
    • Watch the amount of saturated fat, trans-fat and cholesterol you consume, as they tend to raise blood cholesterol levels. Choose lean cuts of meat and limit yourself to 3-ounce portions twice a day. Eat less red meat and more skinless poultry and fish. Use beans as your main dish.
    • Increase your intake of fiber. Fiber comes from plants and may help to lower blood glucose and levels of fats in the blood.
    • Eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables as opposed to refined foods. Not only do whole foods contain fiber, but they also contain numerous plant chemicals, or phytochemicals, which appear to be beneficial for health.
    • Eat regular, well-balanced meals with snacks as needed. This will help to improve your blood glucose levels and reduce overeating. A well-balanced meal consists of about 1/4 protein foods and 3/4 carbohydrate foods.
    • Understand that “sugar-free” doesn’t mean carbohydrate-free or calorie-free. “Sugar-free” foods are often sweetened with fructose or sugar alcohols (xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol). These sweeteners may have a smaller effect on your blood glucose levels than table sugar, and they are okay to use in moderate amounts.
    • Even foods sweetened with artificial sweeteners (such as sugar-free pudding) still have calories and are not “free” foods.
    • Know the carbohydrate content of the foods you eat. Carbohydrates occur naturally in milk and fruit, and are also found in pasta, bread, rice, dried beans and peas, and starchy vegetables such as potatoes, corn or green peas.
    • Use alcohol in moderation. If your blood glucose levels are in good control and alcohol is consumed with foods containing carbohydrate, one drink a day is acceptable.
    • Know where to go for reliable information. The following organizations offer credible information for consumers with diabetes:
    American Dietetic Association: www.eatright .org
    American Diabetes Association:
    National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases:
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