If you’re one of the 20 million Americans diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the way you choose to live, the foods you eat and your activity levels, are some of the most important factors affecting your quality of life going forward.
Type II diabetes occurs when your body is unable to metabolize insulin, a necessary hormone that helps the body convert food into energy. Over time, a whole host of complications may develop, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, nerve problems and possible amputation. Left unchecked, diabetes is not a pretty picture.
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That’s why Kingsbrook Lifecare Center’s highly-skilled team is committed to helping you learn how to manage your blood sugar levels through proper monitoring and medication, as well as diet and exercise. Our staff will work with you one-on-one to develop an individual lifestyle plan that works for you.
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Feel better and live better – even with diabetes. With the right self-management along with help from Kingsbrook’s knowledgeable and caring staff of nurses, nutritionists and educators, those with diabetes can feel their best while significantly lowering the risk of long-term complications.
Nutrition Therapy for Diabetics
Wrapping one’s head around all the complexities surrounding diabetes can be a challenge. Whether the aim is meeting short-term goals, long-term goals or both, it’s important to establish a trusted health care team.
Research shows that Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) has its greatest impact when a person is first diagnosed with diabetes. MNT, the nutrition-based treatment provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist, includes a nutrition diagnosis as well as therapeutic and counseling services to help manage diabetes. It is never too late to get a medical team together — an RDN, medical doctor, diabetes nurse and other health care professionals can help manage and treat diabetes.
A variety of nutrition therapy interventions can help with diabetes management, including carbohydrate counting, simplified meal plans, healthy food choices, individualized meal planning strategies, exchange lists and behavior strategies. A nutritionist will determine which nutrition therapies are best and help develop both short- and long-term plans. Studies show that meeting regularly with a nutritionist is associated with improved cholesterol levels, weight management success, decreased need for medications and a reduced risk for other diseases.
For more information about the Nutrition Therapy program available at Kingsbrook Lifecare Center, call 606-324-1414.