Nutrition & Diabetes

Office May 2014 borderWhat is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.  Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes is a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

Type 1 Diabetes

Results from the body’s failure to produce insulin, the hormone that “unlocks” the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them.

Type 2 Diabetes

Results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency.  Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes that begins and ends with a pregnancy and delivery.  Women with gestational diabetes are at a much higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

Educational Services:

The comprehensive education provided focuses on the following areas:

  • Diabetes process and treatment options
  • Prevention, detection and treatment of acute complications
  • Nutrition Management
  • Prevention, detection and treatment of chronic complications
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose
  • Physical Activity
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Issues
  • Medications
  • Strategies to promote health and behavior change
  • Diabetes preconception/ pregnancy management