Medical Nutrition Therapy or MNT is a critical part of the process of controlling blood glucose (sugar) levels in people with diabetes and promoting overall health. As part of your medical nutrition therapy and diabetes self-management training, you will learn:
- Diet basics: what foods to eat, what to avoid, and tips for planning healthy meals and snacks
- The importance of physical activity and specific exercises in controlling your blood sugar
- How to use oral medications or insulin to control your blood sugar
- What to do if your blood sugar is too low or too high
- Potential health risks associated with uncontrolled blood glucose levels
- What you should know about obesity and diabetes
- How to prevent or control diabetes complications, including heart disease, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, vision problems, kidney disease
If you are among the 17 million plus Americans who have been diagnosed with diabetes, these are practical things that you need to know to control your diabetes. A registered dietitian can help.
November is National Diabetes Month. Look for more practical information on medical nutrition therapy and how to manage your diabetes with regular updates on this blog.
And remember, registered dietitians are the healthcare professionals most trained and qualified to provide practical guidance to help you manage your diabetes and prevent potentially serious complications. To find a registered dietitian, visit the American Dietetic Association website, www.eatright.org and look for "Find a Dietitian."