J.C. Blair Registered Dietitian Katy Petrosky, MS, RD, LDN, shows a one carbohydrate (15 grams of carbohydrate) serving size of chocolate ice cream to attendees of the J.C. Blair Diabetes Awareness Snack & Learn, while J.C. Blair Registered Dietitian April Reinard, RD, LDN, looks on. The dietitians shared that diabetics can occasionally have cookies and other treats, they just have to watch their portion sizes and incorporate that item in their meal plan. J.C. Blair dietitians offer nutrition counseling to diabetics and others needing nutritional advice. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call (814) 643-7054.
J.C. Blair Dietitians Host Diabetes Program
During American Diabetes Monthģ this November, the American Diabetes Association collaborated with J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital to rally local Huntingdon County residents to take action in the fight to Stop Diabetesģ. J.C. Blair registered dietitians hosted a Diabetes Awareness Month Snack & Learn program on Tuesday, November 29 at 10 a.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center.
Nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion. Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the U.S. could exceed $218 billion. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050. Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious disease. If it isnít managed, it can damage many parts of the body, leading to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. But there is good news: diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed by properly managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Eating healthy, being physically active and quitting smoking also can help lower the risk of diabetes complications.
J.C. Blair registered dietitians April Reinard, RD, LDN, and Katy Petrosky, MS, RD, LDN, shared some general tips to effectively manage a diabetic personís diet: eat at regular times throughout the day, choose consistent amounts of carbohydrates at meal times, control portion sizes, and avoid/limit high sugar foods.
Carbohydrates give a person energy, but they also have the biggest impact on a personís blood sugar. It is important to eat carbohydrates at each meal but not too many. As a general rule for weight maintenance, the dietitians said that women should eat three to four carb choices (45-60 grams of carbohydrate) per meal. Men should eat four to five carb choices (60-75 grams of carbohydrate) per meal. Both men and women should stick with one carb choice (15 grams carbohydrates) per snack. One carbohydrate serving equals 15 grams of carbohydrate.
For those unable to attend this event, or who have more individualized questions, Nutrition Counseling is available at J.C. Blair. J.C. Blairís registered dietitians do an in-depth evaluation of each clientís nutritional needs, addressing such issues as:
● Weight Management
● Diabetes & Gestational Diabetes
● Cardiovascular Disorders (cholesterol, high blood pressure)
● Allergies & Dietary Restrictions
Sessions will result in a personalized plan that will include the following based on individual needs:
● Menu Planning
● Grocery Shopping & Food Preparation Tips
● Eating Out & Snacking Tips
Nutrition Counseling sessions may be covered by insurance. For more information or to make an appointment, please call J.C. Blairís registered dietitians Katy Petrosky, MS, RD, LDN, or April Reinard, RD, LDN, at (814) 643-7054.
For more information, call 1-800-DIABETES or visit stopdiabetes.com. Also, follow the American Diabetes Association on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/AmDiabetesAssn).