Marshall Diabetes and Nutrition Education
What You Need to Know About Diabetes
Diabetes is a common condition that includes a group of diseases that disrupts
your body’s ability to produce and/or utilize insulin. Diabetes
can lead to serious complications, including heart disease and stroke
leading to premature death. The good news is that people with diabetes
can take steps to learn about the disease and how to control it to lower
their risk of developing complications.
There are many types of Diabetes, with Type 2 diabetes being the most common,
accounting for more than 90% of all cases. The risk factors for prediabetes
and diabetes include:
- Physical inactivity
- A family history of diabetes
- Gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant)
- Having a baby with a birth weight of over 9 lbs.
- high blood pressure (over 140/90 mmHg)
- low HDL cholesterol (35 mg/dl or lower) or high triglycerides (250 mg/dl
Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because symptoms are not recognized. In
order to diagnose diabetes, a physician will need to take a blood sugar
test. Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because patients do not recognize
the symptoms, and, as a result, neglect to mention them to their doctor.
Some typical diabetes symptoms include:
- Increased fatigue
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Blurry vision
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, see your health care
provider right away.
Keeping Diabetes Under Control
Lifestyle changes are extremely important for decreasing the risks of developing
diabetes and for managing diabetes. Controlling blood glucose levels,
blood pressure, and cholesterol levels can be accomplished by the following:
Healthy Eating – A well balanced diet which includes whole grains, fresh fruits
and vegetables. Limit fats, especially saturated fat and sodium in your diet.
Being Active – Engage in physical activity at least 30 minutes, most days of
the week. This will help to maintain a healthy, reasonable body weight.
Monitoring – Know your numbers - glucose levels, B/P, cholesterol levels
Taking Medications – Take all medications as prescribed. Know the reason for taking
the medications including: the best time of day, and if taken with or
Problem solving – Identify barriers and goal setting.
Risk Reduction – Stop smoking and avoid excessive alcohol intake.
Healthy Coping – Manage stress levels by learning to control your response to stress.
Diabetes educators are health professionals who possess comprehensive knowledge
of prediabetes, diabetes prevention, diabetes during pregnancy, and management.
They educate and support people affected by diabetes to understand and
manage the condition. Marshall Medical Diabetes and Nutrition Education
program offers group classes and individual appointments in a caring and
compassionate atmosphere. Allow our expert registered nurse, Certified
Diabetes Educators and registered dietitians to be part of your diabetes
For more information, to schedule an appointment or to
register for a class, call the Diabetes Self-Management program at
Healthy Living with Diabetes: Easy as 1-2-3
A three-part class series on diabetes and nutrition
Healthy Living Class #1:
You will gain a better understanding of:
- what diabetes is
- how to manage high and low blood glucose levels
- how best to use your blood glucose meter
- meal planning basics
Healthy Living Class #2:
This class will provide you with the information to:
- Interpret blood glucose meter results and look for patterns
- Understand your medication options
- Cope with diabetes in healthy and constructive ways
- Apply diabetes meal planning to your day-to-day life
Healthy Living Class #3:
Live your best life with diabetes. This class helps you remain motivated
as you integrate exercise, weight loss and healthy eating into your life
in the days and years ahead.
Individual Diabetes Education:
Individual appointments with our diabetes educators are encouraged - especially
when you are newly diagnosed, beginning a new medication or need extra
support to gain control. We can guide you in learning new techniques,
using the latest tools and can provide up-to-date information on the management
of diabetes. Call (530) 672-7021 for more information or to schedule an
Learn more about diabetes from your Health Care Provider, visit the American
Diabetes Association web site at
www.diabetes.org or through the Marshall Medical Center’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education
Program. Call our main office: 530-672-7021 or click on classes on our
Our registered dietitians are available for individualized appointments
to discuss diabetes meal planning, weight management, cholesterol control,
sport nutrition, prenatal meal planning, renal diets, heart healthy nutrition,
diverticulitis, food allergies, and more. Physician referral required.
Services may be covered by insurance, call for more information. Call
(530) 672-7021 for an appointment.