Diabetes inhibits the human body from making or properly using insulin and this ends up in high blood glucose or sugar levels in the blood. Balanced blood sugar levels, possible with nutritious foods and physical activity, is key for diabetes management. Once diagnosed with diabetes, seek the help of an RDN at www.firsteatright.com to provide medical nutrition therapy to help you fight the disease while maintaining your nutrients intake.
What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?
Medical nutrition therapy includes:
Registered dietitian nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who have undergone multiple levels of training established by esteemed dietetic institutes. Most of the RDNs are generalists who cater to different nutritional requirements, but some of them are specialized in certain nutrition domains or own an advanced credential such as Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). Such CDEs possess the skill set to help educate people with diabetes on managing the condition and improving the outcomes. A consultation with a CDE is highly recommended for people with complicated medical schedules, individuals on insulin pump or those who use a continuous glucose monitor to manage diabetes.
What Do Dietitians Do?
Before prescribing a diet chart, your dietitian will elaborate you on the positive effects of food and nutrition on your body to manage diabetes. Dietitians formulate a healthy diet plan keeping in mind individual food preferences, physical activity levels and the patient’s lifestyle and work hand in hand with the individual to set nutrition goals to improve health. All this is done after your dietitian thoroughly reviews your medications, blood sugar levels, recent hospitalizations, height and weight and blood pressure levels.
What Should I Expect?
Every client takes different time duration during his/her visit. The first visit may vary anywhere between 45 min and 90 min. Three to four subsequent visits are needed over the next three or six months depending on the medical condition or the weight concern of the person. After this, annual follow-ups are suggested to help the client regarding concerns about blood sugar management and eating habits. Don’t worry and leave it to the dietitian to fix appropriate follow-up schedules.
The goal of a dietitian’s treatment program for diabetes includes:
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