Anyone can get diabetes.

More than 17 million Americans are diabetic, including 5 million who have it and do not realize it. It is estimated that about 5,500 Ellis County residents are diabetic.

Having diabetes means that your blood glucose (sugar) level is too high. Blood always has some glucose to produce energy, but too much glucose isnít good for your health.

After age 45, you should have your blood glucose level checked every three years.

Texas Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a Do Well, Be Well With Diabetes course, to educate people with type 2 diabetes to learn the skills they need to understand and manage their diabetes, to reduce their risks for complications and to attain their highest possible level of wellness.

The classes will be held from 9-11 a.m. Thursdays beginning June 7 at the Waxahachie Housing Authority community room, 208 Patrick St., Waxahachie.

The classes are free, but those attending must pre-register no later than June 5.

The schedule is as follows:

June 7

What is Diabetes?

Nutrition-1st Step to Diabetes Management

June 14

Reading Nutrition Labels

Diabetes and Exercise

June 21

One Diabetes Diet - No Longer the Sole Option

Managing Your Blood Glucose

June 28

For Good Measure at Home

Eating Out

July 19

Prevention and Managing Complications

Evaluation

The Do Well, Be Well program is to help people control their diabetes rather than letting the disease control them. The classes are not meant to substitute for care by a physician - everyone with diabetes should see his or her doctor regularly. However, diabetes is a disease that requires daily self-management. The people with diabetes are the ones who control and manage their diabetes.

If you want to learn more about the Do Well, Be Well With Diabetes classes, contact county agent for family and consumer sciences Rita M. Hodges at the county Extension office, 701 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 3, Waxahachie, call (972) 825-5175 or e-mail rmhodges@ag.tamu.edu