Lifestyle changes reduce impact of diabetes
What we are doing:
One in 10 Kansans 18 and older has been diagnosed with diabetes (90-95 percent have the preventable Type 2 diabetes), which increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and lower-limb amputation. K-State Research and Extension offers Dining with Diabetes, a national extension program designed to boost the health and wellness of Kansans with Type 2 diabetes and help educate those challenged with diabetes, their family members, caregivers and others who support them.
Forty K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences agents are trained to offer the Dining with Diabetes program; 25 agents have implemented the program across the state.
The program offers two-hour weekly classes over four weeks. Lessons include:
- the best self-care methods for those who have the disease
- healthful food choices including familiar foods
- low-impact physical activity
- food sampling
- cooking techniques using herbs, spices, reduced-fat foods and artificial sweeteners
“The main reason I started the Dining with Diabetes program is that my dad and brother are diabetics, and I had a 5.5 blood glucose level and needed to make some changes. Through the program I changed how I eat, cut out processed food and haven’t had a pop in over a year. It has helped me immensely.”
— Ed Dutton, oil field lease operator, Elkhart, Kansas