Diabetes Self Management Classes

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

Become an active self-manager of diabetes

Have you been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes? Then you know that diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to blindness, heart attach, stroke, kidney failure and amputations. Typically, Type 2 diabetes is controlled with diet, exercise, and pills that reduce blood-sugar levels.

Diabetes is a chronic or ongoing condition. This means there is no cure. The good news is that there are ways to manage diabetes and to prevent or delay serious complications. Even if complications have started they can often be managed.

Self-management includes taking care of your diabetes such as monitoring your blood sugar, taking medications as prescribes, healthy eating and getting routine checks from your health care professional.

Diabetes can cause anger, frustration, uncertainty about the future and sometimes depression. These feelings can affect not only you but also your relationships with family and friends.

N.C. Cooperative Extension’s free diabetes self-management workshop starts Friday, March 4th and can help you or someone you know to learn to live a healthy life with diabetes. Sessions will meet weekly for 6 weeks from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm. Subjects covered will include: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress and emotional problems; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating; appropriate use of medications; and working more effectively with healthy care providers.

Mutual support and success will build your confidence in your ability to manage your health. Call 828-439-4460 to register or get more information. Class size is limited.

Eleanor Summers
Extension Agent
Family & Consumer Sciences

Posted on Feb 4, 2011
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