Learning How to Manage Your Diabetes

Need help finding a Primary Care Provider to help manage your diabetes? Search online or call 740-779-FIND (3463).

Is it better to eat a candy bar or drink orange juice if your blood sugar suddenly drops?

Did you know that a fat-free sugary carbohydrate (fruit juice, honey or skim or 1% milk) will raise your blood glucose levels faster than a high-fat carbohydrate such as chocolate?  Chocolate contains fat that takes longer to bring blood sugars up.

Did you know that low blood sugar is just as dangerous as high blood sugar?

Whether you are newly diagnosed or you’ve had diabetes for a long time, Adena’s doctors and nurses can help you learn more about your condition and how to manage it. We offer individualized counseling and education in these areas:

  • Nutrition – Knowing what kind of foods to eat, and how to determine carbohydrates and food portions can be intimidating and time consuming.  Start with not drinking fluids with sugar such as juice and regular pop and sweet tea.  Eat 3 meals a day spaced out about 4 hours apart. Adena has the resources to help you make wise choices. We recommend an annual review of your dietary needs and concerns
  • Insulin and Pump Education – There are often a lot of questions about insulin and the use of insulin pumps. Our knowledgeable staff can teach you how to effectively manage your diabetes when using insulin or an insulin pump.
  • Medications – With so many diabetes medications available, how can you know which ones are right for you? Learn the benefits and side effects of each to make informed decisions with your provider.
  • Exercise – Time and again you hear that you need to add exercise to help manage diabetes. Let us help you determine exercises that are best for reaching your goals and how to achieve maximum benefit from exercising.
  • Hypoglycemia Awareness – Hypoglycemia is when your blood sugar drops too low. It can happen to people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Talk with your doctor to learn how to recognize and reverse this complication.

You CAN prevent long term complications of diabetes. What you need to do is eat nutritious foods, take your medications just like the doctor prescribed, and get regular exercise. Follow the tips on these pages, and talk to your doctor to see if extra diabetes education is right for you.

For more information about our diabetes education and counseling services or to schedule an appointment, please call 740-779-7711. Our number for Diabetes Education is 740-779-7681 and Nutrition is 740-779-7520.


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