Organizations offer seminar series on confronting diabetes

Diabetes can strike anyone and the numbers of people affected are increasing. Accordingly, it is important to learn about this disease and how to take care of our health.

One Senior Place and VITAS Healthcare will present a five-part series on Diabetic Health starting Oct. 7 in Viera.

"Having this five-part diabetes series and the Living Healthy with Diabetes program through Aging Matters is a huge benefit for our community" said Barbara Fradkin, the director of One Senior Place. "My hope is that the community takes advantage of these programs to educate themselves and understand that diabetes can be controlled with the right tools."  

Diabetes is a serious condition that causes higher than normal blood sugar levels. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the most common forms of the disease, but there also are other kinds, according to the Diabetes Research Institute.

Fradkin adds, "We all need to manage and take care of our health and be responsible so we can live active, quality lives."

Kathy Doner is a retired physician who lives in Brevard County. For more than 20 years, she spent extra time educating her patients on healthy living.

 "Our goal has to be a healthy lifestyle — in dieting and exercising," Doner said. "Much of diabetes type 2 can be prevented. Type 2 is rising because of lifestyle … and we can reverse this."

With a family history of diabetes, Doner works hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is diligent not to gain weight — she exercises every day for an hour. 

"Move your body every day, you’ll feel better; diabetes will be improved," she said. 

She also maintains a healthy diet.

 "I prefer to look at diet as simply what is healthy eating, and make healthy eating a goal, rather than a fad diet. It’s not rocket science. It’s common sense. We all know how to do it," Doner said. 

The program with Aging Matters is a workshop that turns into a support group for those that participate. The Diabetic Health program starts Oct. 7. For more information or to register, call 321-751-6771. This program is free.