Diabetes & Nutrition Education

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:

  • Obesity
  • 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 or higher)

Diagnosing Diabetes

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
  • Irritability
  • 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 without food.
  • 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 Education

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 care team.

For more information, to schedule an appointment or to register for a class, call the Diabetes Self-Management program at (530) 672-7021.

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 appointment.

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 website.

Nutrition Education

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.