No one said managing diabetes was going to be easy, but it is possible—especially
with a team of professionals at your service. At the Center for Diabetes
and Nutrition Services at FMH Crestwood, you’ll find compassionate
people and supportive programs, all designed to help you live a healthier life.
Preventing the Disease
An estimated 86 million people in the United States have blood sugar levels
that are higher than normal, but do not have diabetes. The bad news is
that without lifestyle changes to lower their risk and improve their health,
15-30 percent of these people will develop diabetes within five years.
The good news? Simply by making several minor lifestyle changes, these
patients can prevent or delay the onset of the disease. A one-on-one consultation
with one of our dietitians is a good way to learn some of the things you
can do to head off diabetes, and how you can use the resources available
through the Center.
Living with Diabetes
We take time at your initial consultation to really get to know you—your
personal routines, history, and challenges. Next, to help you understand
the different aspects of diabetes more fully so you can really take control,
we offer a series of group education classes. Taught by a either a nurse
or a dietitian, these classes cover carbohydrate counting, blood sugar
testing, meal planning, and weight management and include a follow-up
session to evaluate your progress.
Peer Support Helps
On the first Thursday of the month, people with diabetes gather at the
Center to share experiences, offer emotional support, and exchange practical
information related to living with various forms of the disease. There
are topics for those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and all sessions
are free and open to the public. If you have Type I, Type 2, gestational
diabetes, or pre-diabetes, and you want to improve your control and prevent
complications, the care team at the FMH Center for Diabetes and Nutrition
Services is here to help. To learn more about diabetes support groups
through the FMH Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Services,
For more information about the resources available through the Center for
Diabetes and Nutrition Services, call 240-215-1474.