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MU Extension Class Works to Curb Diabetes Through Diet

As Missouri diabetes rates reach unprecedented levels, classes from University of Missouri Extension help diabetics and those at risk for diabetes to better manage their meals for healthier lives.

“A doctor might tell you to limit carbohydrates to 45 grams per meal, but that doesn’t mean a lot when you’re staring at your plate,” said Lynda Zimmerman, an MU Extension nutrition and health education specialist. “Our classes show people how to really follow those guidelines on a day-to-day basis.”

Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes is a four-session class that teaches individuals to manage carbohydrate intake; track blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels; and be proactive in their diabetes self-care.

About 15 people attended a recent class in Jefferson City, where they shared strategies and used plastic food models to learn what portion sizes amount to a serving of carbs.

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Posted on Dec 17, 2010.

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