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Ohio State University Extension


November is National Diabetes Month

Nov. 7, 2019

November is National Diabetes Month

Having diabetes means you are more likely to develop heart disease and to have a greater chance of a heart attack or a stroke. Over time, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart. Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes.

The good news is that the steps you take to manage your diabetes also help to lower your chances of having heart disease or a stroke.

Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences offers classes related to diabetes education such as Dining with Diabetes and Dining with Diabetes, Beyond the Kitchen.

Dining with Diabetes is a cooking school and nutrition education program designed for people with diabetes and their family members or caregivers. The program is offered in many Ohio counties through OSU Extension offices. Details are available at

Dining with Diabetes: Beyond the Kitchen is a free online course created by OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences. This online course goes “beyond the kitchen” to discuss making healthy choices when eating at restaurants, grocery shopping or planning weekly meals. Visit for details and to register.

For more information on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, visit