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Registration open for diabetes course

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Next month, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a three-week virtual course titled “Coping to Control: Living Positive with Diabetes” that will provide information on managing stress and negative emotion related to diabetes.

The course participants will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 10:00 am-11:30 am virtually through Microsoft Teams on May 5, 12 and 19.

To register for the program, visit agrilife.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e4LcJVIL4posiIm.

Registration closes May 3

According to a press release from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, successful coping with negative emotions is a recommended strategy to enhance diabetes self-management and quality of life.

People with diabetes experience varying degrees of negative emotions and problems coping with this chronic disease. Depression is acknowledged as a major health concern in diabetes. Not only are people with diabetes more likely to experience clinical depression than the general population, but their depression is also likely to affect their ability to effectively maintain blood glucose control.

Common negative emotions include: anxiety, frustration, stress, anger, and concerns about diabetes and its complications. Through the duration of living with diabetes, it is expected that people with diabetes will struggle with some type of negative emotions.

May’s education program will provide participants with tools and resources to develop healthy coping skills which are critical to address the emotional factors in their diabetes management.

To find out more about this program, contact at 830-796-7755 Jessica.faubion@ag.tamu.edu .