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A Better Life with Diabetes


Following a healthy diet is an important part of diabetes management. Licensed and Registered Dietitians Heather Boyd, Katie Fields, and Fran Hawes work teach patients how to follow a proper diet, avoid the pitfalls of poor nutrition, and lose weight to better manage their diabetes.

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, click here.

For more information about the resources available through the Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Services, call 240-215-1474.