Diabetes Can Be Controlled
The secret to living successfully with diabetes is education
North Canyon Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for providing people with quality diabetes education. Our program has met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education since 2000.
As certified diabetes educators (CDE), we strive to give our clients tools and strategies to successfully control their diabetes, care for their health and live life to the fullest with this chronic disease. If you are newly diagnosed or have had the disease for many years and need some help controlling blood sugars, we are here to help.
We aim to treat all aspects of diabetes, which includes
- Healthy eating
- Counting carbohydrates
- Reading food labels
- Understanding portion control
- Develop a meal plan
- Prevent high or low blood sugars
- Set goals for healthy eating
- Being active
- Taking medication
- Monitoring glucose levels
Continual Glucose Monitoring
We offer the Dexcom G4, a continuous glucose monitoring system that shows real-time continuous sensor glucose reading every 5 minutes for up to 7 days. These readings can help find trends and patterns in glucose levels, allowing the wearer to see where their glucose levels have been, which direction they are headed, and how fast they are rising or falling.
The Dexcom G4 is a great tool to use when tighter diabetes control is desired. If you are interested in CGM testing with the Dexcom G4, give the staff a call at the Diabetes office.
Almost 29.1 million Americans have diabetes – but that is just the tip of the iceberg. About 86 million adults in the United States have pre-diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 5-10 years, unless they take steps to prevent or delay the disease.
Diabetes Can Be Prevented
What is pre-diabetes?
Pre-diabetes is a condition that comes before diabetes. It means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but aren’t high enough to be called diabetes. There are no clear symptoms of pre-diabetes. You can have it and not know it.
If I have pre-diabetes, what does it mean?
It means you might get type 2 diabetes soon or down the road. You are also more likely to get heart disease or have a stroke. There is good news about diabetes! You might be wondering: What’s the “good” news about diabetes, the sixth leading cause of death, that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States? The good news is that we now have definitive proof that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in persons at risk for the disease.
How can I delay or prevent type 2 diabetes?
- Join our Diabetes Prevention Program
- Modest Weight Loss (5-7% of body weight)
- Regular Physical Activity
- Dietary Changes (modest changes can do a lot)
- Regular monitoring of glucose levels
Medical Nutritional Therapy
North Canyon Medical Center provides a wide variety of nutrition services by a Registered Dietitian. Nutrition counseling is provided to outpatients needing help with health issues that can be improved with dietary changes.
Services can be obtained by physician referral or self-enrollment. Nutrition services may or may not be covered by insurance.