While diabetes is not curable, it is manageable.

To aid in that effort, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service has teamed with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging to provide cooking information and education for individuals/caregivers of diabetics, 60 years of age and older.

An event is planned from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Golden Circle Activity Center, 1700 Floyd, Ennis. Class space is limited, with a registration deadline of Wednesday, Sept. 7.

The program will focus on:

• guidelines for good nutrition,

• using labels,

• cooking demonstration.

Recipes and other information will be distributed. Each participant (one per family) will receive a copy of the American Diabetes Association book, “Month of Meals: Diabetic Meal Planner.”

The books will be provided by the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging.

Due to space, only 25 will be able to attend the program. Those interested must call 972-825-5175 to reserve a spot.

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, 19.8 million people, 18 years and over, are diagnosed with diabetes.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in people age 18 years and older is estimated at 1.7 million in Texas (9.7 percent of this age group).

Another estimated 425,157 people aged 18 years and older in Texas are believed to be undiagnosed.

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

For more information, contact Rita M. Hodges, county extension agent for family and consumer sciences, 701 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 3, Waxahachie; call 972-825-5175; or email rmhodges@ag.tamu.edu.