At Nutrition Link Services, we are Registered Dietitians who practice an integrative and functional approach to counsel patients with our Diabetic Wellness Program.
Diabetes is the United States’ fastest growing chronic disease. Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans. Over 40 million Americans have pre-diabetes, or early type 2 diabetes.
Education and counseling is essential to combating this debilitating disease and to preventing pre-diabetes from developing into Type 2 diabetes.
There are three major types of Diabetes that we focus on integrative behavior modification techniques to our patients.
Type I Diabetes usually diagnosed in childhood. Many patients are diagnosed when they are older than age 20. With Type 1, the body makes very little or no insulin. Daily injections of insulin are needed. The exact cause is unknown, genetics, viruses, and autoimmune problems may play a role. People with Type 1 diabetes should eat about the same times each day and try to be consistent with the types of food they choose. This helps to prevent blood sugar from becoming extremely high or low. Our Dietitians take the time to educate thoroughly of all food groups and portion control.
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than Type 1. It usually occurs in adulthood, but young children are increasingly being diagnosed with this disease. The pancreas does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal. Many people with Type 2 diabetes do not even know they have it. Type 2 is more common due to the increasing obesity population. People with Type 2 diabetes should follow a well-balanced and low-fat diet.
Gestational Diabetes is high blood glucose that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes. This population are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life.