Managing Diabetes with Nutrition
Maybe you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, diabetes, insulin resistance, or high blood glucose (high blood sugar). We can help you understand your body’s needs, and your individual needs.
Using Nutrition to Manage Diabetes
Many people are unsure what to eat, when to eat, and what are the correct portions of foods. Often it is confusing to understand what types of foods or what is “good” and “bad” for diabetes. While there are no “good” or “bad” foods, we are here to help you reduce the risks associated with diabetes.
Diabetes affects the body’s ability to make or properly use insulin. This leads to high blood glucose (sugar) in the blood. Maintaining a healthy blood sugar level is key to managing prediabetes/diabetes. When it comes to prediabetes, there are no clear symptoms—so you may have it and not know it. Here’s why that’s important: before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes—blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. You may have some of the symptoms of diabetes or even some of the complications.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report concluding that evidence demonstrates that medical nutrition therapy (MNT) can improve clinical outcomes while possibly decreasing the cost to Medicare of managing diabetes.”*
Choosing nutritious foods and watching portion sizes can help you control blood sugar levels. A registered dietitian nutritionist, or RDN, can help you learn how to get the nutrients you need.
*Institute of Medicine. The Role of Nutrition in Maintaining Health in the Nation’s Elderly: Evaluating Coverage of Nutrition Services for the Medicare Population. Washington, DC, National Academies Press, 2000
Top Ten Reasons to Make an Appointment With Ingrid Knight, RD and Associates, Inc.
- Discuss your individual needs
- Match you with the best fit RDN
- Use evidenced-based, science-based, medical information to create an individual plan
- Provide on-going support weekly, monthly, or as needed to optimize your success
- Verify your insurance to let you know if there is a copay or any patient responsibility
- Request medical records from your healthcare providers
- Provide status updates, or progress notes, to your healthcare providers as requested
- Share documents and tools with you through our secure portal
- Convenient scheduling with our portal or staff
- Telehealth, or we call telenutrition visits available for all residents of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, and some other states