Nutrition plays a vital role in the daily self-management of diabetes. The food you eat is closely connected to the amount of sugar in your blood, which is why the right food choices are crucial in controlling your blood sugar level and successfully managing your diabetes. The good news is that having diabetes will not prevent you from enjoying a wide variety of foods; however, eating well with diabetes can take practice and planning.
Nutritional counseling is one tool that helps support people with diabetes by developing a nutrition plan based on their individual needs and goals. Through nutritional counseling, you can learn more about the factors to consider when deciding what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. Some topics covered in nutritional counseling include:
Nutritional counseling also can help with many other important considerations such as judging portion sizes, reading food labels, planning meals, counting carbohydrates, and balancing your food intake with your medications and activity.
Mount Nittany Medical Center’s diabetes team offers group “Life with Diabetes” classes, as well as individual counseling sessions tailored to each person’s need. For more information on nutritional counseling and upcoming diabetes classes visit mountnittany.org, or call 231-7194.