Diabetes is a common disease, but every individual requires unique care. Managing your diabetes can include numerous aspects, such as testing your blood glucose levels, taking medications like insulin, regulating your sugar intake and more. Comprehensive diabetes management should also include learning how to make healthy lifestyle choices, especially when it comes to nutrition. At Vanguard Medical Group, we can coordinate your care with other medical specialists and offer diabetes management solutions through vital nutrition and counseling services at our Verona, New Jersey, office. Learn more about our diabetes management education services.
Diabetes Management Through Nutrition
As you age, your food needs change. When you have diabetes, your nutrition guidelines can also periodically change. Communicating with a team of credible experts can help you feel more in control and capable of responding to your changing nutritional needs. When your dietary choices can adversely affect your health, it is important to consult with a medical nutrition specialist. Our Nutrition Services provide comprehensive nutrition counseling to help you better manage your diabetes.
Our highly trained and dedicated staff includes a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educators. We can answer your nutrition questions and work with you on an individual basis to manage your special dietary needs and requirements. We can also help you:
- Determine your food needs based on your desired weight, lifestyle, medication, and overall health goals.
- Learn how the food you eat affects your blood sugar and blood fat levels.
- Create personalized meal plans, including vegetarian or vegan diet plans, or incorporate ethnic or exotic foods in your diet.
- Balance your food intake with your medications and activity level.
- Plan for eating out or at special events.
- Learn to make appropriate food substitutions.
- Find good diabetes-related cookbooks and recipes.
- Read food labels.
Our Nutrition Services also provide diabetes and pre-diabetes counseling, weight loss counseling, and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In our Verona office and virtually we offer diabetes self-management classes through our accredited diabetes education program. These classes can help you learn to prevent or manage your diabetes, understand the diabetes process and become an expert at monitoring your blood sugar levels, so you can properly take your medication, make healthy eating choices and motivate yourself to stay fit and active.
Diabetes Care You Can Trust
Your Vanguard primary care doctor and our registered dietician nutritionist can help you manage diabetes. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment or to enroll in our Diabetes Education Program, contact your local Vanguard office today.