The Dietitian's Office


Diabetes services offered throughout Kentucky

Diabetes is a serious chronic health condition that can dramatically affect your quality of life. The Dietitian's Office, serving Kentucky, brings a wealth of experience in diabetes management to her practice, helping those in her care achieve impressive improvements. Book your visit online or by phone today to learn more.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by an inability to convert food into energy. There are several different types of diabetes, but all share some basic traits. 

Each time you eat, your body converts a portion of that food into a form of sugar called glucose. This sugar travels through your bloodstream to provide the nourishment needed to fuel all cellular activity. 

A hormone called insulin must be present for glucose to enter a cell. People with diabetes either don’t manufacture sufficient insulin or cannot properly use the hormone. 

Type 1 diabetes

Researchers believe Type 1 diabetes develops from an autoimmune condition in which your body mistakenly attacks the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin. Supplemental insulin is necessary for survival in people with this form of diabetes. 

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes, by far the most common form of diabetes, is associated with being overweight or obese. People with this form of diabetes either cannot produce enough insulin to fuel cells or can’t effectively use their insulin. 

All forms of diabetes create excessive levels of glucose in your bloodstream. 

What are the health risks linked to diabetes?

Diabetes affects numerous organs and systems within your body. Some of the known health risks linked to diabetes include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney issues
  • Eye health problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Foot health issues
  • Nerve damage
  • Dental problems

These are a few health problems that can develop when you have diabetes. 

How can nutrition and lifestyle improvements help manage diabetes?

Some people with diabetes require supplemental insulin, and medications might also play a role in your treatment plan; however, drug therapy shouldn’t be your sole treatment approach. 

Lifestyle modifications can make dramatic improvements to your quality of life. Embracing positive changes can bring blood sugar readings back to normal and reduce the risk of adverse health outcomes. 

Choosing nutrient-dense, high-quality foods help you feel and function better every day, creating additional positive effects like weight loss, improved sleep quality, and reduced stress levels. 

The Dietician’s Office team works closely with you to create personalized meal plans, allowing you to enjoy the foods you love while improving overall nutrition. Sustainability is a central focus because you can’t benefit from difficult-to-maintain changes. 

Learn more by calling the office to book a visit or schedule an appointment online today.