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Why Do I Need to See a Diabetes Educator?

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  • Even though I have insurance and am retired from the service; I have found the dietician in the local hospital very helpful and have never been charged.
  • The first linked resource produces a 404-Page Not Found error message. I googled the document and found the corrected link (current as of fall, 2017) to be:

  • While I appreciate Spark is a free Site.. I am concerned that many times the article references are old. They show up today as a topic, and when you click on it, the article is from 2010. That is concerning.

    That being said, the information is still valid. The funny thing about Diabetes is that there are so many variables. While a half Apple might make my blood sugar rise, for someone else it's not an issue. I think it's important to learn about your body and how your body reacts to certain things. Meeting with your doctors, and getting the appropriate tests are important. Being educated about the disease and it's potential complication are imperative. Prevention is a powerful tool
  • My nutritionist was ok but I got the best help from joining Sparkspeople, the diabetes program. You watch your protein, carbs, and fat every day plus many other things. You can see each day if you are eating right or wrong and there are challenges, articles, and much more.
  • good info, thanks
    Im not diabetic but I enjoyed the info...
  • The meeting I had was basically how to test my blood. I really got nothing out of it!
    i attended a class at our local hospital. It was important that the class treated my as a whole person and not just a disease.
  • thank you my spouse is a diabetic
  • I found out that knowledge is power over my disease.
  • Thank you, Going to read more, there is so much to learn. Knowledge is freedom.
    I will get my life back. Another journey. 🚶
  • My provider offers classes, not individual consultation. The teacher was good--she has diabetes--but she could not offer individualized information or advice. As I am vegan, the suggested meal plans just didn't work for me. (Vegan protein comes with carbs; nonvegan protein comes with fat; that makes the whole plate look different.)
    I figured it out myself, eventually. Finally just went all the way off sugar. No concentrated sugar, including dried fruits. Limited fresh fruits. Plus five servings of vegetables per day. I also added one egg a day, from pastured hens. I've lost weight, and my A1C is almost normal.
  • I did it their way and gained 100 pounds in a decade. Now I am doing it my way, I researched the heck out of this disease with all the newer information out there and found what works for me. In two weeks my sugars are normal and I am off insulin. Feel the best I ever have and lost weight at the same time. Never feel bad, just spend an hour a day to learn more about what your body needs. It will thank you. (I took biology courses at the college, listened to friends who had success, and watched hours of videos from whole natural doctors, plus hours of medical reports)
    The diabetes educators I've met have handed out the same ineffective SAD that has kept my disease progressing, despite my best efforts. None of them I've met have had diabetes or even been overweight, and they only know what they've read in books. They have no idea what it feels like to follow instructions to the letter and have the disease get worse, and they have no idea what to suggest when their initial advice doesn't work.

    It wasn't until I found keto, seven years after being diagnosed, that I've been able to control and even reverse the track of diabetes.

    I'm not sure why certified nutritionists are recommended for diabetics, when their information and advice is not only wrong, but counter-productive.

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