Memorial Diabetes Services Program
Our program is based on the AADE 7 Self-Care Behaviors:
Making healthy food choices, understanding portion sizes, and learning the best times to eat are central to managing diabetes. Our registered dietitians/certified diabetes educators can help establish an eating plan that is right for you.
Being Physically Active
Regular physical activity is important for overall fitness, weight management and blood glucose control. With appropriate levels of exercise, those at risk for type 2 diabetes can reduce that risk, and those with diabetes can improve glycemic control, enhance weight loss, help control lipids and blood pressure and reduce stress. Being active most days of the week is key to improving your glucose control.
Daily self-monitoring of blood glucose provides people with diabetes the information they need to assess how food, physical activity, and medications affect their blood glucose levels. Monitoring, also, includes checking blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol levels.
Diabetes is a progressive condition. Sometimes different medicines may be required to help improve blood glucose control, cholesterol, or blood pressure, It is important to understand how your medications work.
Reducing the Risk of Complications
Effective risk reduction behaviors such as smoking cessation, and regular eye, foot and dental examinations reduce diabetes complications and maximize health and quality of life. Our program helps you learn to understand, seek and regularly obtain an array of preventive services.
A person with diabetes must keep their problem-solving skills sharp because on any given day, a high or low blood glucose episode or a sick day will require them to make rapid, informed decisions about food, activity and medications. We will review how to handle these unique situations that may arise.
Living with diabetes can be a challenge emotionally. Stress can affect your glucose control. We can help you with strategies to deal with stress and emotional issues related life with diabetes.
We are here to help you in your journey to better glucose control. Contact us today!