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Support group offers information on life with diabetes

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If you have diabetes, pre-diabetes, have a family member with diabetes or just want to learn more about the disease, you are invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of the “It’s About You!” Diabetes Support Group.

The meeting is held from 10 a.m. until noon the second Thurs-day of each month at the Carroll County Cooper-ative Extension office.

This group meets to offer an outlet to discuss personal difficulties in managing the disease and learn more through a special program on a topic of concern. It is a joint effort hosted by the Family and Consumer Sciences program of the Cooperative Extension Service and Three Rivers District Health Department.

I address questions and provide a healthy nutritious snack lower in carbohydrates and Ruth Kingkade, RN and Certified Diabetes Educator with Three Rivers District Health Department, addresses questions related to the medical aspects of diabetes.

At the Sept. 12 meeting, our program is “Questions You Have Always Wanted to Ask.” A medical provider will be available to provide answers.

Anyone interested is invited to attend. There is no charge to attend the meeting.

Call the Extension office at (502) 732-7030 and ask for me if you have any questions.

Carbs and diabetes

What is carb counting? It is a way of keeping track of the amount of carbohydrates you get from the foods you eat. It is a useful way to help you manage your blood glucose levels.

Did you know that by counting carbohydrates that you can better control your blood glucose level? Counting carbs can help you keep your blood sugar within the target range recommended by your doctor. There are many other benefits. By counting carbs you can:

• Manage your weight. Losing a few pounds helps lower your blood sugar.

• Help prevent your blood sugar from dropping too low or too high.

• Make meal planning easier by allowing you to fit a variety of foods into your meal plan

How can I get started counting carbs?

• Know the amount of carbs you need to consume each day. A registered dietitian can help you determine the amount of carbs you need throughout the day, at each meal and for snacks. 

• Know the foods that contain countable carbohydrates – grains, dried beans, fruit and juice, starchy vegetables, milk and yogurt, sweets and snack foods are examples of foods containing countable carbs.

• Know what counts as a carbohydrate food count: one small piece of fruit, one slice bread, 1/3 cup rice or pasta, 1/4 of a large baked potato, two small cookies.

• Know what foods are considered “free.” These foods are not counted toward the carbohydrate total – sugar-free drinks, 1 cup raw non-starchy vegetables. Foods are considered “free” that contain less than 5 grams of carbs per serving

• Count the amount of carbohydrates in what you eat. Keep a journal of the foods you eat. Keep track of the total amount of carbs consumed throughout the day.

• Check your blood glucose level regularly to learn how meals affect your blood glucose level before you eat and two hours after a meal.

Learn more about:

• Basic carbohydrate counting at www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/carb-counting/

• Carbohydrate counting at www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/carb-counting/

• The exchange list at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/fd_exch.htm

• Diabetes and eating at diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/eating_ez/

• Blood sugar control at www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-c...

Source:  Ingrid Adams, Extension Specialist for Physical Activity and Weight Management, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture

Dates of interest

Sept. 6:First Friday at the Courthouse Square in downtown Carrollton, 4-8 p.m. Tonight is honey time.

Sept. 12:Diabetes Support Group, 10 a.m.-noon, Extension office. 

Sept. 12:“I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” 2013 Carroll County Senior Event, 4 p.m. until sundown, Point Park, Carrollton.

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030.