Diabetes education helps individuals with diabetes learn how to manage their disease and be as healthy as possible. It focuses on seven self-care behaviors that are important to focus on to be healthy and fully enjoy life:
- Healthy eating
- Being active
- Taking medication
- Problem solving
- Healthy coping
- Reducing risks
The goal of diabetes education is to help people with diabetes practice these behaviors every day. This can be difficult but it does work, by helping lower blood sugar (glucose), blood pressure and cholesterol. Most people with diabetes know self-management is important, but many find it overwhelming. Diabetes education helps by designing a specific plan for each person that includes the tools and support to help make the plan easy to follow.
How a FirstHealth Diabetes Educator Can Help You
If you have diabetes, you know how challenging it can be to manage your disease. Healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring your condition, taking medication and reducing risks to your health are probably part of your daily routine. At times, all of this might seem overwhelming.
Our diabetes educators can help. As members of your healthcare team, your diabetes educator will work with you to develop a plan to stay healthy, and give you the tools and ongoing support to make that plan a regular part of your life.
FirstHealth will contact your insurance company to confirm the extent of coverage. Insurance coverage varies. Medicare Part B beneficiaries with diabetes or non-dialysis kidney disease are eligible for Medical Nutrition Therapy with a referral.
Our registered dietitians will meet with you one on one to develop a personalized nutrition plan, establish a healthy eating and lifestyle action plan, and provide ongoing coaching and advice.
Services are available for a range of needs:
- Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Digestive disorders
- Celiac disease
- Food allergies
People often run into difficulties with losing weight if they are not eating the right number of calories for their unique metabolism - too much or too little can lead to weight gain or a weight-loss plateau.
Indirect calorimetry can offer more insight than a standard estimate of calorie needs to help you maintain your goal weight long-term.
A measurement of metabolism, this simple 10-minute breath test can measure your resting metabolic rate (RMR), the number of calories your body burns at rest in a given day. From there, we can calculate a more precise estimate of your daily calories needs, accounting for your weight goals, activity level, etc. A registered dietitian can then provide you with more effective dietary recommendations.
The test must be done by fasting, and is typically given in the morning. With a provider referral, the test is covered by most insurance plans.
Can your genes affect the way you respond to food and exercise? Science says yes.
In fact, a recent Stanford University study demonstrated that people who follow a genetically appropriate diet can achieve 2.5-fold improvement in weight loss and a 2-fold reduction of waist measurement compared to those who follow a genetically inappropriate diet.
With this in mind, the FirstHealth Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center is pleased to offer the Pathway Fit® genetic test. This cutting-edge test examines more than 75 genetic markers associated with diet, nutrition and exercise.
By analyzing your genetic code, along with answers to a lifestyle questionnaire, the Pathway Fit report gives you the power to help you understand your individual:
- Eating behaviors
- Response to exercise, as well as the best way to reach and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle
This profile provides you with an individualized report with powerful information to help you understand how your genetics and lifestyle may affect your diet, nutrition and exercise. The report is like no other. It’s designed for your body, about your body.
With your genetic information, you are able to gain insights into how your body may process sugars, fats, nutrients and vitamins. You can also learn how your genes might affect how you perceive and desire specific foods, and how they may influence eating behaviors. What’s more, Pathway Fit screens for muscle potential and how your body responds to exercise, as well as your potential to maintain a healthy weight.
Start living smarter, not harder, with these key findings.
FirstHealth’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center offers services in Moore, Montgomery, Hoke and Richmond counties.
To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, call (800) 364-0499 toll-free.