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Type 2 Diabetes – Facts or Fake News?

Henry County Health Center | June 4th, 2018

Type 2 Diabetes – Facts or Fake News?


Eating sugar causes diabetes. All older adults develop diabetes as they age. Diabetes is contagious. Once you have diabetes you shouldn’t eat fruit or pie again.  Fact or fake?


All the statements above are fallacies.

Sadly, diabetes has become such a common disease that at times it’s hard to know what‘s fact and what’s fiction. Fact – Over twenty nine million people have diabetes and over eight million, don’t know it. That boils down to over one in 10 adults carrying a diagnosis of diabetes.


High Blood Sugar Symptoms

Diabetes is a health condition that causes one’s blood sugar to be too high. High blood sugars can cause sleep disruption (urge to urinate) dry mouth, and fuzzy memory. Failing to keep your blood sugars in the targets your doctor deemed as goals for you can lead to other health problems, such as numb feet and fingers (neuropathy), heart disease and stroke, and difficulty seeing (retinopathy).


What can I do?

It’s been said that diabetes is a disorder caused by too much time in your seat instead of on your feet. That sounds victim blaming instead of strategic gaming. The good news is that eating mostly whole unprocessed foods and preserving muscles via regular activity can help keep blood sugars in a healthy range.


Join a local Fresh Conversations program to learn more about diabetes and steps you can take to prevent or manage it.  June’s Fresh Conversations program will be held at the Fellowship Cup at 11am on June 20th.  Local facilitator, Elise Klopfenstein, Clinical Dietitian with Henry County Health Center will lead the conversation.  Take advantage of a tasty, congregate meal while you are there.


What is Fresh Conversations?

Fresh Conversations is a free discussion group targeted at seniors. A leader starts the conversation each month on a nutrition topic. The next three months (June-August) feature diabetes. Participants will chat about foods to eat with diabetes, including tasty fruits. For fun, the group will sample delicious berries (think strawberries, raspberries or blueberries) and explore the truth surrounding diabetes and fruit.


Mini-exercise to minimize

You don’t have to be an ironman athlete to reap the benefits of being active daily can protect against some of the risks of diabetes. Participants will discuss ways to move five minutes every half hour. Whether it’s dancing in the living room, strolling in the garden or walking around the house – studies show mini-movements every half hour can be powerfully protect the heart and blood vessels.


Fresh Conversation participants find the program helps them make better health choices every day.  Join Fresh Conversations and take steps to improve your wellbeing this spring. The program, sponsored by Milestones Area Agency on Aging, is free to attend. New members are always welcome.