November has been declared Diabetes Awareness Month for a reason, over 30 million Americans have diabetes. Another 84 million have pre-diabetes which, if left untreated, will progress into type-2 diabetes.

Understand the damage diabetes is doing to our society and learn steps you can take to reduce your risk.

A Snapshot of Diabetes in the United States

The Burden of Diabetes in Louisiana

Are You at Risk?
Understanding what diabetes is and how it affects the body is key to learning how to treat it. This video explains:

Diabetes affects your entire body and can cause numerous complications down the road:

  1. There's an increase in the chance of developing a skin condition (infections, blisters, etc.)
  2. Damage to the veins in your eyes can hinder your vision and may lead to blindness.
  3. Neuropathy, nerve damage, can numb limbs and complicate certain bodily functions.
  4. Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) can turn into a full blown diabetic coma and lead to death.
  5. The damage done to the kidneys can progress to the point of needing dialysis or a transplant.
  6. The chance of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, brain damage, or having a stroke is increased.

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Staying active doesn’t have to be a burden. There are endless ways to keep yourself in shape but finding one that works for you may take some time. Sitting at a desk, shopping for groceries, trapped at home on a rainy day, there is always a way to keep moving.

To help you find a routine that works for you, we’ve included:
  • a fitness guide created by the American Diabetes Association,
  • a link to the British Heart Foundation’s activity page (which contains various ways to keep moving), 
  • and, if exercise doesn’t fit into your active lifestyle, visit KATC's events page and find a reason to get out of the house and stay active!
Looking for a healthy way to celebrate Thanksgiving? Here are some delicious dishes to keep your stomach full and glucose levels in check!

Herb-Roasted Turkey
  5 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened
  3 teaspoons fresh minced sage
  3 teaspoons fresh minced thyme
  3 teaspoons fresh minced rosemary
  Kosher salt and freshly ground black
  pepper to taste
  1½ cups low-fat/sodium chicken broth
  1 cup dry white wine

Best Roasted Chicken
  1 onion, roughly chopped
  2 carrots, roughly chopped
  2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  5-6 stems of fresh parsley
  5-6 stems of fresh thyme
  1 (5½-pound) whole roaster chicken
  1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1 Tablespoon olive oil

Cranberry Pork Roast Over Noodles
  2 pound pork tenderloin
  1 can (16 oz) jellied cranberry sauce
  ½ cup orange juice
  1 tsp dry mustard
  ¼ ground cloves
  1 bag (8 oz) whole wheat egg noodles
  1 head broccoli (2-3 stalks)
  1 bag (one pound) baby carrots

Sage Stuffing
  30 slices (1-ounce each) day-old
  whole-grain bread, crusts removed,
  cut into small cubes
  1 tablespoon olive oil
  1 large onion, chopped
  3 large celery stalks, chopped
  1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  1/2 bunch fresh sage

Homemade Green Bean Casserole
  4 Laughing Cow, LIGHT French Onion
  cheese wedges
  1 tablespoon canola oil
  ½ onion, finely diced
  1 teaspoon Smart Balance margarine
  8 ounces sliced mushrooms, diced
  ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Roasted Green Beans in Vinaigrette
  Cooking Spray
  1½ pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  1 teaspoon olive oil
  ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1 tablespoon minced garlic
  1 tablespoon olive oil
  2 tablespoon champagne vinegar

Easy Half-Mashed Potatoes
  24 ounce (1lb 8 oz) bag fingerling
  petite potatoes, cut into 1-inch rounds
  with skin-on
  16-ounce bag frozen cauliflower florets
  1/3 cup skim milk
  5 tablespoons Smart Balance margarine
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Scrumptious Pumpkin Bread
  1 egg
  3 egg whites
  1/3 cup skim milk
  1 – 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  1/3 cup canola oil
  1 – 19 ounce box gluten-free bread mix
  1 teaspoon cinnamon
  Pinch nutmeg
232-Help's Diabetes Education Program uses the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) curriculum. Its curriculum is designed to help those with pre-diabetes, existing diabetes, relatives and caregivers gain a better understanding of diabetes self-care.

The goals of the DEEP curriculum include:
• Improving/maintaining quality of life for those with prediabetes & existing diabetes
• Preventing complications and incapacities
• Improving eating habits and maintaining adequate nutrition
• Increasing physical activity
• Developing self-care skills
• Improving the relationship between patients and health care providers
• Utilizing available resources

The program is six weeks long and meets once a week. If you would like to sign up or learn more about our program click here.

You can also learn how to become a volunteer peer educator for your community. Click here to learn more or Sign-Up!

First Class to Graduate

232-Help's Diabetes Education Program produced its first batch of graduates!
Our Diabetes Program Instructor, Ms. Janise Anthony (center), completed her first set of diabetes self-management classes on October 18. Mark Landry, Cindy Landry, Faye Trahan and Carlin Trahan attended the six week program to learn vital skills for living with diabetes. We are proud of our graduates and hope what they have learned will continue to better their quality of life!

With Veterans’ Day just a few days away, it’s important to acknowledge the sacrifices they have made not only for their families but for our country as well.


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