- What can I eat when I have diabetes?
The American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone with diabetes have an individualized meal plan that you can discuss with a Certified Diabetes Educator. You will be encouraged to eat 3 meals and possibly even one or two small snacks each day, to measure your food portions in the beginning to know what your serving sizes will look like and not to skip meals. Most people with diabetes may need to decrease their portion sizes but there will not be any food you cannot fit into your meal plan.
- Do I have to prick my finger to test my blood sugar?
Blood glucose testing is an important element in a diabetes treatment plan. The results that you obtain will let you know how well your diabetes is controlled and a finger stick is the only way to get this data. If the test is done correctly, it should not hurt. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of testing supplies.
- Is exercise important for someone with diabetes?
Yes, exercise is important for everyone but especially if you have diabetes. Exercise can help your insulin work better which will help to lower your blood glucose level. It may also help you to lose weight which should help with your diabetes control.
- How do I sign up for diabetes classes?
We will need a referral from your physician before you can be seen for diabetes education (this is an insurance requirement). If you call your primary care office and ask for a diabetes education referral, they have the forms in their office that they can complete a fax to our office. If you have any questions, please call our office at 508-347-7585