While diabetes is not curable, it is manageable.   Skills needed to effectively manage diabetes are well documented.  

Diabetes education is not readily available, yet the number of Americans with diabetes is rapidly growing.  Nationwide, approximately 20 million people, 18 years and over, are currently diagnosed with diabetes.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetics in persons age 18 years and older is estimated at 1.7 million in Texas (9.7 percent of this age group).  Another estimated half million persons aged 18 years and older in Texas are believed to be undiagnosed.

In 2009 diabetes affected approximately 13,000 (8.5 percent) of individuals in Ellis County, according to the Center of Disease Control.

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Ellis County, has teamed up with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging to provide cooking information and education for individuals/caregivers of diabetes, 60 years and older.

An event is planned for Monday, Aug. 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Center in Midlothian.  

The same program will take place in Ennis at the Golden Circle Center, on Thursday, Aug. 16, 9.30 a.m.  

The programs will focus on:

• guidelines for good nutrition,

• reading labels,

• recipes and tasting of a prepared recipe.

So, if you are 60 years and older, have type 2 diabetes and/or are a caregiver for a diabetic (and you are 60+ years), plan to attend one of the upcoming programs and have some of your questions answered.

Rita Hodges is the Ellis County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences. Contact Rita at  972-825-5175 or rmhodges@ag.tamu.edu

Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.  The Texas A & M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.