Diabetes Express is introduced by Iowa Health - Des Moines. What is it? It is a free program that will help present Type 2 diabetes. The schedule of the first event of the Diabetes Express was held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The location of the presentation was 4114 Allison Ave., Des Moines which is the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
I am sure there will be future events where essential information and education will be made available regarding the importance of maintaining a healthy blood glucose control. And Diabetes Express will not stop there. It will offer strategies and ideas on how to maintain the blood sugar level.
Those who will participate in this program will learn a number of things. They will learn how to describe type 2 diabetes which is great because it is not easy to know the language that goes with this condition. Learning the importance of maintaining a healthy blood glucose level will protect future health.
The basic means of treating diabetes will be explained. And this includes planning healthy meals, doing more physical activity, losing weight and medication. The participants will be helped in identifying the goal in this regard and the strategies to reach the goal.
Planning healthy meals, for instance, is a must to help control the blood sugar. There’s help to get started from planning the meals to counting carbohydrates to exchanging lists. It does not mean it has to be complicated. Nor does it mean you have to have special foods. It just means eating a variety of real food.
So what does it mean then? It just means eating an assortment of foods in moderate quantity. The diet has to emphasize whole grains and fruits and vegetables. There has got to be consistency too. Why? Because the body responds to extra calories and fats by a rise in blood sugar level. So also, stick to regular meal schedule.
Sounds good, doesn't it? So every time there is a program like this, we should try to register especially if the venue is right in our backyard. If we can’t attend, at least they might provide some information where there is a presentation like this. So remember to try to find out if there are similar events in your community. This is a good example of community involvement.