Stress and Diabetes – It’s a Catch-22

Stress affects everyone to some degree, but it may be more difficult to manage when people learn that they have diabetes. Diabetes is a relentless disease that requires constant attention, awareness, and decision-making. Diabetes self-management can therefore be demanding, complex, and stressful. In fact, it´s a wrenching dilemma as diabetes gets you stressed out and the stress worsens your diabetes.

Controlling Diabetes Takes on Greater Urgency During COVID-19 Pandemic

After cardiovascular disease, diabetes is the second most common underlying health condition associated with severe outcomes in COVID-19 patients, making people with diabetes six times more likely to be hospitalized and 12 times more likely to die than those without pre-existing, underlying conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But having diabetes under control can make all the difference.

Balanced Living with Diabetes Classes Offered in Madison

A 4-week Balanced Living with Diabetes series is being offered for individuals who are diabetic, pre-diabetic, or interested in learning how to prevent diabetes, beginning Monday, October 16th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Madison Extension Office (located in the War Memorial Building, 2 South Main Street,). During the series, participants will review diabetic meal planning practices, portion control, and self-management strategies for living well with diabetes, guided by a Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator. Participants will be eligible for a free A1C test and blood pressure screening at no cost. Diabetic friendly recipes will be demonstrated, and participants will receive items to help manage their diabetes (a cookbook, measuring cups, pedometer, etc.) all for free! There is an opportunity for eligible individuals to participate in a study to evaluate the impact of this program.

For more information, or to register, please call Clare Lillard, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent at (540)948-6881.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and services are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance or accommodation to participate in this program, please call the Madison County Extension Office at (540)948-6881 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at least five days prior to this event. TDD number is 800-828-1120.