Living Well with Diabetes

The classes are September 9, 16, 23.

The three-week program will educate attendees about achieving a target blood sugar level, eating healthy foods and being active.

The three-week program will run every month from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Surf conference room in the Ocean’s Seven Café at 1515 East Ocean Ave.

Sign up by calling Registered Dietitian Hayley Esdaile, (805) 737-5788.

Physician referrals are not necessary to enroll in the series.

Diabetes is a complex and serious disease, and managing it every day can be challenging. To help you, diabetes educators have developed seven key areas to focus on. A diabetes educator can help you set priorities and coach you on each of these areas.

Session #1: Achieving YOUR Target Blood Sugar

Checking your blood sugar levels regularly gives you vital information about your diabetes management. Monitoring helps you know when your blood sugar levels are on target and it helps you make food and activity adjustments so that your body can perform at its best. 

  • Why check your blood sugar?
  • When to check your blood sugar?
  • How to check your blood sugar?
  • What affects your blood sugar?
  • What is a high/low blood sugar and how to treat it?

Session #2: Eating to Feel YOUR Best

Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite foods or stop eating in restaurants. In fact, there is nothing you can’t eat, but you need to know that the foods you eat affect your blood sugar.

  • What is Healthy Eating?
  • How to Address Eating Out?
  • Grocery Shopping, Label Reading, and Cooking
  • The Healthy Plate Method

Session #3: Finding YOUR Balance

Being active is not just about losing weight. It has many health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, improving blood pressure, decreasing stress and anxiety, and enhancing your mood. If you have diabetes, physical activity can also help keep your blood sugar levels to normal and help you keep your diabetes in control. 

How stress affects you and how to manage it.

Diabetes can affect you physically and emotionally. It's natural to have mixed feelings about your diabetes management and experience highs and lows. The important thing is to recognize these emotions as normal but take steps to reduce the negative impact they can have on your self-care.

Problem Solving to prevent burnout.

Everyone encounters problems with their diabetes control; you can't plan for every situation you may face. However, there are some problem-solving skills that can help you prepare for the unexpected -- and make a plan for dealing with similar problems in the future.

Reducing Risks.

Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk of developing other health problems. However, if you understand the risks, you can take steps now to decrease your chance of diabetes-related complications.

Taking Medication.

There are several types of medications that are often recommended for people with diabetes: Insulin; pills that lower your blood sugar; aspirin; blood pressure medication; cholesterol-lowering medication or a number of others may work together to decrease your blood sugar levels, reduce your risk of complications and help you feel better.