Eating right and staying healthy are important parts of controlling diabetes. By maintaining a healthy weight with exercise and proper diet, your blood sugar levels can be better managed and you can prevent many of the long-term problems associated with diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.3% of the United States population has been diagnosed with Diabetes. This does not include the additional 79 million people found to be “pre-diabetic” and likely to develop diabetes in the future. Diabetes is the leading contributing factor in mortality and other chronic health issues such as kidney disease, heart disease and stroke
Nutritional therapy is the cornerstone of diabetes management – especially when combined with a supervised physical fitness regimen. At Bon Secours Physical Therapy our entire nutrition staff has extensive experience with diabetes management. Our registered dietitians work with patients individually to provide personal care and education. This individualized care includes:
- A Comprehensive Nutrition Assessment – A complete hour-long nutrition and lifestyle assessment at the first appointment is followed by the development of a completely personalized nutrition care plan specific to each client’s nutritional needs and lifestyle.
- One-on-One Education – Our clients learn how to properly monitor, medicate, and manage their diabetes. The dietitians review the physiology of diabetes, explain how to interpret self blood glucose monitoring results, and educate patients about appropriate dietary adjustments. Our diabetes educators also review how to identify the symptoms of dangerously low or elevated blood glucose levels and take appropriate action for treatment.
- Ongoing Support – Diabetes is a chronic condition that should be managed carefully. Your dietitian will be your health advocate – helping you to stay on track for proper diabetes management and, if necessary, weight loss. If you’re struggling to manage your diabetes the nutrition team provides tips and tricks for helping clients incorporate diabetes self care guidelines into their personal, recreational and professional lives.
Whether you’re a newly diagnosed diabetic or a new circumstance has made it difficult for you to manage diabetes, our experts can help. The registered dietitians and nutritionists have the specialized training and experience in helping diabetic patients live healthy and active lives. Our team designs personalized nutrition plans to help manage blood sugar, provides education on how to live with a chronic disease, and offers group nutritional counseling sessions led by a registered dietitian.
Many insurance plans cover our Registered Dietitian services with a diagnosis of diabetes and a prescription from your physician. Contact one of our locations (below) for more information on insurance coverage and pricing.
Physical Therapy and Sports Performance at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center
2401 W. Leigh Street, Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23220
Hours: Monday– Thursday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am – 1:30 pm
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Bon Secours Physical Therapy at Memorial Regional Medical Center
8200 Meadowbridge Road, Suite 102
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday, 7:00 am – 2:30 pm
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