Summa Barberton Hospital, a short drive from Akron, is hosting a free Diabetes Community Awareness Resource and Education (CARE) program with the series continuing on June 14 with a special guest speaking about the importance of taking control of your diabetes.
The 2008 Healthy Ohio Community Profile reported that diabetes took the lives of an average 148 people in Summit County annually during 2004 -2006.
Since summer time is known for serving up many cookout favorites, this may be a challenging time for diabetics who have to keep their sugar levels in check. And foods served at many known events such as birthday parties, graduation parties, cookouts and family reunions to name a few add on to the temptation to eat more than you should.
Since many diabetics are aware of upcoming gatherings it helps to keep in mind a few tips that can help you prepare ahead of time and make healthier choices based on earlier planning.
Once you find out about when the event or gathering is find out what foods will be served. Often drinks including alcoholic beverages tend to have high amounts of sugar yet knowing ahead of time what foods will be served will help you focus on portion control as well as healthier food options.
Fresh fruits that have lower levels of sugar may be your best bet yet fruits such as grapes or pineapple have higher levels of sugar that you may want to avoid. Maintaining a good level of carbohydrates can also help you keep sugar levels from going to low.
Make sure your monitoring your sugar levels between meals so that you know the status of your blood levels and keep them where they should be. Some may carry a glucose tablet or even keep fruits with them such as an orange or a banana.
Look into physical activity that is good for diabetics. The American Diabetes Association has a list of recommended physical activities that are great for diabetics as well as a detailed list of health benefits describing how physical activities help you maintain healthy blood levels. Physical activity helps to strengthen your heart and improve blood circulation.
Summer activities you may want to consider include swimming, aerobic exercise, bike riding and even dancing are a few suggestions.
Make sure to review and record your progress and having a support system of family and friends can help you stay on track.
Additional information on the Diabetes C.A.R.E program can be viewed at Summa Barberton Hospital online. Summa Barberton Hospital is located at 155 Fifth Street NE Barberton, Ohio 44203. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 14. Additional contact information can be obtained here.