We offer free support groups on a yearly basis. Please refer to the Barnabas
Health Ambulatory Care Center Calender for dates and descriptions of support
groups. Support groups are a necessary and important aspect of diabetes
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Nutrition counseling on an individual basis provided by a registered dietitian
and/or certified diabetes educator. During an initial appointment the
nutritionist will assess your medical history, dietary intake, exercise
habits, blood glucose monitoring and your diabetes care plan. The nutritionist
will then educate you on diabetes and develop an individual meal plan
to meet your specific goals.
Gestational Diabetes Counseling
Gestational Diabetes counseling is done on an individual and/or group basis.
Counseling is provided by a registered dietitian and/or certified diabetes
educator. During an initial appointment the nutritionist will do an assessment
of your medical history, weight gain, dietary intake, exercise habits
and blood glucose results if available. Education on using a glucometer
will be provided. A glucometer will be provided if you do not already
have one. The nutritionist will develop an individualized meal plan and
educate you on achieving good blood sugars and appropriate weight gain
for a healthy pregnancy.
Blood Glucose Monitoring
If you have diabetes, monitoring your blood sugars is an essential part
of diabetes self management. Blood glucose monitoring helps you to make
decisions on your food choices and helps you to see how your lifestyle
affects your blood sugars. Blood glucose monitoring gives your doctor
information on how well your diabetes is being managed by your diet, lifestyle
A certified diabetes educator will educate you on what is the best meter
for you. We will educate you on the use of the meter and what the numbers
mean. We will educate you on low blood sugars and high blood sugars and
how to manage both conditions. We can provide you with a meter if you
do not currently have one.