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Love affair with sugar can cause big problems

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sugar can cause lots of problems. Learn how to avoid it during the holiday season at the Diabetes Support Group.

I don’t know about you, but I did not navigate the piles of Halloween candy as well as I would have liked. I ate way too much candy. And now we embark on another sugary holiday filled with cookies, desserts and, yes, more candy.

All these temptations make warding off or fighting diabetes very difficult.

Eating lots of sugary foods is not good, even if you don’t have diabetes. And if you eat a sugary breakfast, that can wreak havoc on you blood sugar levels all day.

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center’s Diabetes Support Group will present Neil Mages, N.D., from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10. A diabetes specialist, he will provide an overview of diets, supplements and exercise, all in an effort to improve your diabetes.

Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events and make lunch reservations. The LOACC is located at 505 G. Ave. in Lake Oswego. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

Here are some of the activities at LOACC in the coming week:

Friday, Dec. 5

Lake Bible Church is serving a lunch with an international flare: curried chicken with pita bread and delicious oatmeal cookies for dessert. After lunch at 1 p.m., stay for the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” starring one of the greatest stars of all time, Gregory Peck. Mac/iProducts User Groups begin at 1 p.m. New-member hot chocolate and ice cream social at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6

The building is open from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 8

Registration for winter classes starts at 10 a.m. The ACC Learning Group meets at 9 a.m. Lunch is a tuna melt with sweet potato fries and lemon bars for dessert, served by New Seasons Market.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Ease holiday stress with a massage by Michelle. Offered every Tuesday, get a 60-minute massage for $48, a 30-minute massage for $24 or a 15-minute chair massage for $10.

Call for an appointment.

Wednesday, Dec. 10

If this was Sesame Street, we would be featuring the letter ‘B’ for lunch. The menu includes barbecued pork, broccoli, baked beans and blueberry coffeecake, all brought to you by Lake Oswego Rotary. The supervised computer lab starts at 1 p.m.; bring your computer questions to the resident experts. The Diabetes Support Group meets from 6:3 -8 p.m.

Upcoming: Dec. 15 is the final day to purchase a raffle ticket for the “Five Days of Giveaways.”

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