When your blood sugar (glucose) is too high, you are experiencing hyperglycemia, which is a condition associated with diabetes. Our bodies use glucose as energy from the foods we eat. In this process it first must be converted to energy with the use of a hormone produced by the pancreas called insulin. When our bodies experience low insulin or none at all it results in diabetes. At times this can occur because we become resistant to insulin, causing lack of energy to our cells. What are Symptoms of Diabetes? Frequent urination Weight loss or gain Blurred vision Irritability Fatigue Tingling or numbness in hands or feet Slow-healing wounds Breath odor that is fruity or sweet smelling Darkening of body creases of the skin Can Diabetes Be Reversed? Reversing diabetes can be accomplished in many people depending on their diagnosis and disease type. By using certain dietary principles and guidelines, if you experience diabetes it could be reversed and kept in check. What is Diabetes Management? Managing Diabetes With Diet and Nutrition In a recent study by Newcastle and Glasgow Universities it was shown that even after 6 years, patients were able to reverse their diabetes by losing weight and becoming medication and symptom-free. Additionally, research is proving medical nutrition therapy (MNT) that is guided by a registered dietician (RD) is an important component in the management of your diabetes. Medical Nutrition Management for Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is important in slowing and preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes, managing existing diabetes (types 1 and 2), and decreasing the rate of development of diabetes complications. At SO Nutrition, we’ll teach you to count carbohydrates and plan healthy meals–both of which will complement your current treatment and make it more effective, resulting in a healthier you! Let us assist you to reverse or slow the symptoms of diabetes! Call us at (281) 684-4733 to schedule your appointment Goals for nutrition management and therapy are to: Achieve and maintain glucose levels Stabilize lipids in a normal range Maintain desired blood pressure These must also be compatible with the patient’s lifestyle and willingness to participate. Individualizing key strategies for persons with diabetes include: Assessment of the individual’s current eating pattern, preferences and metabolic goals Development of nutrition therapy goals collaboratively with the individual Selecting a meal planning approach or eating pattern based on the individual’s personal and cultural preferences, their literacy and numeracy, and their readiness, willingness, and ability to change Facilitating behavioral change and achievement of metabolic goals while meeting the patient’s preferences Monitoring outcomes and providing ongoing support; recommendations may need to be adjusted over time based on changes in life circumstance, preferences, and disease course. To get started on the path to better health, give us a call at (281) 684-4733 or fill out our form below.