|Take charge of diabetes|
|Tuesday, January 24, 2012|
Diabetes is a disabling, deadly disease and on the rise in Tennessee.
Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in Tennessee.
More than 8 percent of Tennesseans have reported having been diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes is the primary cause of blindness, non-traumatic amputations of lower extremities, and kidney failure among adults.
Diabetes Control and Complications Trail showed that keeping blood glucose levels close to normal slows onset and progression of eye, kidney and nerve diseases caused by diabetes.
Diabetes is a costly disease in Tennessee. One in seven health care dollars is spent on diabetes care in the United States. Diabetes accounts for 27 percent of this country's entire Medicare budget.
Diabetes is a self-management disease.
Diabetes is a daily self-management disease. Approximately three hours a year is spent with a health care professional. The rest of the year a person is left to manage their disease.
Self-management is the key to controlling diabetes in order to slow the onset and progression of complications.
The effective management of diabetes often requires lifestyle changes for the individual, including commitment to self-management of the disease, self-monitoring of blood glucose, nutrition, exercise, skin and foot care, eye care, taking medications, partnering with health care providers and learning about the disease.
Studies have shown that persons with diabetes do not know how to manage their diabetes and are dissatisfied with the lack of education from their health care providers.
Diabetics often lack the self-confidence in their ability to control blood sugar.
Without the proper education and management skills, diabetes can be frustrating and difficult to live with.
Self-care education is the most basic tool of diabetes care. It is important that individuals with diabetes have the necessary knowledge and skills to manage their condition and increase their potential to lead a healthy and active life.
Recipe for Diabetics—Chicken Stew
8 chicken pieces (4 pounds chicken total, breasts or legs)
Nutrition Facts for this Recipe
Servings per Recipe: Yields 8 servings, 1 piece of chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 27
Total Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 137 mg
Sodium 605 mg
Carbohydrate 13 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 55 g
Exchange 1 starch, 8 lean meat
Carbohydrate Units 1