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Nutritionists and Diabetes

Posted on May 10, 2018

Finding the right meal plan to manage diabetes can be challenging. Nutritionists provide personalized help and support for making this major lifestyle change, but they’re not always covered by insurance.

Members of DiabetesTeam, however, report great success with DIY apps such as Diet Doctor and MyFitnessPal, which allow them to design their own meal plans per doctors’ recommendations. “MyFitnessPal was the first step that really, really worked for me and brought down my blood glucose,” said one member. “It calculated carbs, calories, vitamins, sodium and more.”

For those seeking a personal touch, one member advised: “If you don't have access to a diabetes educator or a registered dietician, your local community center, the YMCA, or workplace may have programs. You might also join Weight Watchers.” Added another: “Local health departments often offer nutritional classes that can help on your journey.” Whether working with an expert or doing it yourself, changing the way you eat can make a big difference. “A high-protein, low-carb diet plus exercise saw my sugar levels drop from 88 to 55 in the space of a month,” shared one member.

Consult with your physician before beginning any new diet plan.

On DiabetesTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with type 2 diabetes, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Seeing a nutritionist is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.

Here are some conversations about seeing a nutritionist:

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