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Diabetes Specialist

Nutrition & Health Center

Nutrition & Health Coaches located in Union County of NJ, Elizabeth, NJ

Though diet is one of the key parts of your diabetes treatment plan, you may have a lot of misconceptions about what you can and can’t eat with diabetes. The registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) at Nutrition & Health Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, can help you sort through all the myths and misconceptions surrounding the diet for diabetes. Then, they can create a diabetes meal plan that matches your needs, goals, and personal preferences. Don’t let your diabetes control your life. Call Nutrition & Health Center or book an appointment online to schedule a nutrition consultation. Telemedicine appointments are available.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are higher than normal. The glucose in your blood comes from the food you eat and serves as the preferred source of energy for your cells.

Insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, helps transport the sugar from your blood into the cell to supply the needed energy. Diabetes develops when there are problems with your insulin. The type of diabetes you have is based on how your insulin is affected.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder. People with Type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin because their immune system has attacked and destroyed the insulin-producing cells in their pancreas.

This type of diabetes most often develops during childhood or in adolescents and requires daily insulin therapy.

Type 2 diabetes

With Type 2 diabetes, your insulin isn’t working like it should and can’t get the sugar from your blood into the cell. This type of diabetes can develop at any age but is more common in adults age 40 and older.

You may be at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if you’re overweight or obese, lead an inactive lifestyle, or have a family history of the disease.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops in women during pregnancy and resolves after the delivery of the baby.  

What is the connection between diet and diabetes?

As noted, the food you eat provides the glucose your cells need for energy. The primary goal of diabetes management is to keep your blood glucose levels within a normal range. 

The type and amount of food you eat affect your blood glucose numbers. Understanding how food affects your blood glucose helps you gain better control over your numbers.

Keeping blood glucose numbers within a healthy range may decrease your risk of developing diabetes-related health complications such as diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, and chronic kidney disease. 

What can I expect during a diabetes nutrition consultation?

You can expect personalized and attentive care from the nutrition experts at Nutrition & Health Center during your diabetes nutrition consultation. 

Your RDN conducts a comprehensive nutrition assessment, measures your body composition and metabolic rate, and analyzes your usual diet. Then, they create a nutrition care plan that matches your health needs and personal preferences.

Your plan may include:

  • A personal nutrition plan (e.g., low-carb or carb-controlled diet)
  • Menus
  • Recipes
  • Shopping lists
  • Follow-up care

You don’t need to follow a strict diet when you have diabetes, but eating a healthy and balanced diet may help you gain control over your chronic disease. Call Nutrition & Health Center, or book an appointment online today.