Managing Your Diabetes

If you, or a loved one has diabetes, and are looking for a way to better manage it, there's a free seminar Tuesday in Tyler.

One East Texan says he is in control of his diabetes, because of the education he's received. Milton Cabbiness of Longview, has been a diabetic for more than 10 years.

"It's not a pleasant disease to have, I want to control it because they cause so much other problems physically," says Milton.

He checks his blood sugar several times a day. Just a few months ago- he finally learned how to get in control of his diabetes.

Diabetes educator, Regina Bonnette from UT Health Center taught Milton about the disease and says the key to managing it is through diet and exercise.

"His blood sugar was not in good control and he came to the diabetes classes and got educated. He started walking everyday and following a diet and as result of that he has lost weight and his blood sugar is under control. Exercise is your life line for diabetes, it's not an option it's your life source," says Bonnette.

According to the American Diabetes Association, if you have diabetes, you are more likely to develop heart disease, increase your chance of having a stroke, suffer from blindness, kidney failure and amputations.

"I was experiencing tingling in the feet, here in the last 3 years more than I have. Since I walk and got my diabetes down I'm not feeling the tingling in the feet and fingers as much and I overall feel better," says Milton.

He says thanks to more knowledge about the disease-- he can control his diabetes through diet and exercise. He says it now gives him peace of mind.

If you would like to learn more about managing your diabetes... You can attend a free seminar called "Know Your Healthy Steps."

It's Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at the Ornelas Activity Center in Tyler on Old Omen Road. It starts at 10 a-m. There will also be free glucose screenings and other free diabetes information. Pre-registration is not required.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.