Blog submitted by Jericha Bair, Registered Dietitian.
Currently over 30 million Americans have diabetes. Approximately 24% of these people are undiagnosed, meaning they are unaware they have the disease. This is unfortunate because diabetes is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States. Complications from diabetes include damage to nerves, kidneys, eyes, and feet as well as an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and develops over a long period of time. It is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors where the body is no longer producing adequate insulin or does not use the insulin produced. Gradually, blood sugar levels become too high. Being overweight or obese is one of the risk factors for diabetes.
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) can help patients learn to manage their disease. RDN’s have completed advanced training developed by the Accreditation Council for Education and Nutrition in Dietetics and are nutrition experts who can provide support with the following:
- Assistance with understanding how the food you eat is affecting blood sugar levels
- How to count carbohydrates and learn to control portion sizes
- Tailor a healthy eating meal plan designed for your needs and lifestyle
- Help understanding food labels and choosing the best foods to meet your needs
- Work with you to reduce your risk for other complications
- Help incorporate more activity into your day
- Help you reach weight loss goals
Contact Covell Care & Rehabilitation at (970) 204-4331 if you are interested in scheduling a session with our Registered Dietitian.