Diabetes & Other Medical Conditions
Do you have diabetes and can’t seem to get your blood sugars under control?
Were you just diagnosed with diabetes and need the guidance of a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator?
Do you have gestational diabetes and want to avoid complications to you and your baby?
Diabetes management is key to living a healthy life free of complications.
Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is an important part of this process. As a Certified Diabetes Educator, Bonnie helps individuals who have diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes understand the disease process, stabilize their blood glucose levels and learn proper meal planning techniques. She provides self-management education and training with the goal of preventing diabetes related complications.
Diabetes self-management education includes:
- Personalized meal plans designed to meet your individual nutritional needs, lifestyle and daily routine
- Education on symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
- Exercise guidelines
- Sick day management
- Self-monitoring of blood glucose instruction
- Problem solving and identification of barriers to proper diabetes management
Results of diabetes self-management education:
- Improved A1C level
- Daily blood sugar levels within target range
- An end to blood sugar swings
- Improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Maintain or achieve a healthy body weight
To get started with your diabetes self-management, contact us for an appointment.
Medical Nutrition Therapy for Other Medical Conditions
Medical Nutrition Therapy involves the assessment of the nutritional status of people with a condition, illness, or injury that puts them at risk. This includes review and analysis of medical and diet history, laboratory values, and anthropometric measurements (height, weight, percent ideal body weight, BMI (body mass index), waist/hip ratio, body measurements). Based on the assessment, nutrition intervention most appropriate to manage the condition or treat the illness or injury is chosen.
Medical conditions that are successfully treated with medical nutrition therapy include:
|General Nutrition – Pediatrics,
Adolescents, Adults, Geriatrics
(high cholesterol, high triglycerides)
|Obesity and Weight Loss||Cancer|
|Diabetes Mellitus||Menopausal Symptoms|
|Gestational Diabetes||Vegetarian Meal Planning|
|Insulin Resistance||Nutrition in Pregnancy|
|Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome||Hypertension|
|Cardiovascular Disease||Renal Insufficiency/Renal Disease|
Medical Nutrition Therapy services are also highly valuable in treating
gastrointestinal conditions, such as:
|Irritable bowel syndrome||Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)|
|Ulcerative colitis||Hiatal hernia|
|Crohn’s disease||Duodenal and gastric ulcers|
Are your ready to get started on the path to feeling good?
Contact us to find out how medical nutrition therapy can help you!
The Importance of Good Nutrition
Good nutrition is reflected not only in the growth and function of the body but also in its appearance. The eyes, skin, hair, and teeth indicate whether body nourishment is good or poor. A poorly nourished child will fail to grow properly; a poorly nourished adult will have a decreased resistance to infection and disease. A diet deficient in proteins causes a disease called kwashiorkor in children; a diet deficient in both protein and calories results in marasmus, with lethargy, abdominal enlargement, and wasting – the classical malnutrition syndrome. Poor nutrition may result from excesses in the diet as well as deficiencies; excess of certain vitamins or minerals can produce potentially lethal disease states, and excess of carbohydrates or fat can result in obesity.
The application of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) and lifestyle counseling as a part of the Nutrition Care Process is an integral component of the medical treatment for management of specific disease states and conditions and should be the initial step in the management of these situations.
Lifestyle counseling enhances MNT by providing insight into the behaviors and/or events that are associated with appropriate as well as inappropriate eating and exercise behaviors. Behavior modification techniques are taught with strategies provided to assist in making positive behavioral changes for a lifetime. MNT and lifestyle counseling are cost-effective means of treating a number of diseases and their symptoms.
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is not only about treating an
illness or condition, it’s about prevention!
“God gives us all something special and he gave me the chance to meet Bonnie. I love being healthy!”
— Caitlin, Malverne, N.Y. (11 years old)