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BHS Diabetes and Health Management's team members work closely with patients and their primary care physicians to improve and monitor management of the disease. Their goal is teaching those with Type 1, Type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes that high quality of life is attainable with the proper knowledge and management strategies.

The Team at BHS Diabetes and Health Management

Diabetes management requires a team effort, and our BHS diabetes educators are committed to helping you and your primary care physician (PCP) achieve your goals.

Lacey Funair, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist 833-604-7211.

We offer a variety of services in support of that purpose, including:

  • Individual appointments with the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist for nutrition counseling - Nutrition plays a key role in diabetes self-management. Understanding how nutrition impacts your ability to control your diabetes can empower you to make the right choices when it comes to your diet. A member of our diabetes care team can answer your questions and help you get informed. To learn more please call 833-604-7211.
  • Free classes - We offer educational classes opportunities designed to help you understand your condition and take charge of your health and your diabetes journey. Learn more about upcoming classes. For additional questions please call 724-284-4504.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy by our registered dietitian - Our registered dietitian at BHS offers medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for patients with diabetes. A growing body of research points to a positive link between this type of training provided by registered dietitians and successful diabetes management. MNT provides a supportive counseling and training service in which patients can define objectives and priorities and create action plans unique to their condition and needs. Patients with Type 1, type 2 or Gestational diabetes can benefit from carbohydrate counting, a meal tracking tool that helps manage blood sugar levels. Carbs affect your blood sugar/blood glucose levels at a higher rate than other types of nutrients.
  • Pre-insulin pump training - We make sure patients have thorough training in the use of their insulin pumps. Proper self-management is impossible without understanding the tools and equipment designed to help you. Our team provides thorough training so our patients can be empowered in their own care.
  • Diabetes self-management classes for new diabetes patients - If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, attending our Diabetes Self-Management class is a good first step as you seek to orient yourself with information needed to handle your condition and to not only survive, but thrive with diabetes.
  • Tele-conferencing - One-on-one discussions with our team members through your smart phone or computer can help you get real advice and help when it matters. We can assist with problem solving, supporting your goals, meal planning and portions, understanding and managing your medications, and more please call 833-604-7211.

Need to see a specialist? Learn more about BHS Endocrinology Associates.

Eating Right with Diabetes

Create Your Plate

The American Diabetes Association “Create Your Plate” is a simple and effective way to manage your blood glucose and weight. With this method, you fill your plate with more non-starchy veggies and smaller portions of starchy foods...no special tools or counting required! You can practice with this interactive tool. The healthy meal combinations are endless!

Learn more about creating your plate at the American Diabetes Association website.

Your BHS Diabetes Educator are great resource and can explain how eating impacts you. Together, you can identify ways to create a plan that is realistic for your situation.

How Diabetes Effects Your Body

The main goal of your healthcare team is to keep your blood glucose levels within target ranges (before meals: 80-130 mg/dl; and 2 hours after the onset of a meal: less than 180 mg/dl). Blood glucose levels that are well controlled help you to stay as healthy as possible and to feel your best. Should your blood sugar levels run out-of-control, they can impact any and every part of your body over time. Looking at the short-term effects, high blood glucose levels can make it easier to get infections and harder to treat them. Long-term effects of chronic out-of-control blood glucose levels can include eye, nerve, kidney, heart, mouth, skin and feet complications. The chance of developing high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol are also increased in people with diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long. Learn more about type 1 diabetes and the American Diabetes Association.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels. Learn more about type 2 diabetes and the American Diabetes Association.

Gestational Diabetes

During pregnancy - usually around the 24th week - many women develop gestational diabetes. A diagnosisthe determination of a disease from its signs and symptoms.X of gestational diabetes doesn't mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have diabetes after giving birth. But it's important to follow your doctor's advice regarding blood glucosethe main sugar found in the blood and the body's main source of energy. Also called blood sugar.X (blood sugar1. A class of carbohydrates with a sweet taste, including glucose, fructose and sucrose. 2. A term used to refer to blood glucose.X) levels while you're planning your pregnancy, so you and your baby both remain healthy. Learn more about gestational diabetes and the American Diabetes Association.

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