Helping you take control of your diabetes
The diabetes program at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd can provide you with tools needed to put you in control of your diabetes. Our team consists of a certified diabetes educator and registered, licensed dietitian. We are eager to help you improve your health and manage your diabetes.
Most services require a physician’s referral and may be covered by Medicare or private insurance.
Diabetes Self-Management and Education
Our comprehensive program involves individual sessions designed to meet your busy lifestyle. Educational topics include:
- Monitoring blood glucose
- Acute/chronic complications
- Meal planning and healthy eating
- Carbohydrate counting
- Physical activity
- Sick day management
- Behavior modification
- Stress reduction and problem solving
- Goal setting
- Foot care
Types of Diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes: The pancreas is not making insulin at all; may occur across the lifespan; people with type 1 must take insulin every day
- Type 2 Diabetes: The pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the insulin does not work properly; this is the most common form of diabetes effecting roughly 90% of people with diabetes
- Gestational Diabetes: Develops during pregnancy (gestation). Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use sugar (glucose) most people who have type 2 diabetes had pre-diabetes
- Pre-Diabetes: Blood glucose levels in the A1C range between 5.7 to 6.4 % - but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Nutrition involves nutrition counseling provided by a registered, licensed dietitian tailored to the personal needs of the individual with pre-diabetes or diabetes. MNT services are also available for other disease processes, including, but not limited to: obesity, renal disease, hyperlipidemia, GERD, celiac disease, and others.