What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 Diabetes? How can a Registered Dietitian help me if I have diabetes? Will my health insurance cover the visit?
Type 1 formerly called juvenile onset diabetes occurs typically before the age of 20. Individuals with type 1 diabetes are usually thin, and the cause of type 1 diabetes is that the pancreas, the organ that secretes insulin, is destroyed by autoantibodies, that’s why people with type 1 diabetes always need insulin, either injected or through an insulin pump.
Now, the most common type of diabetes is what we call type 2, formerly called adult onset. Type 2 diabetics are usually heavy, usually diagnosed after the age of 35. The cause of type 2 diabetes is primarily a complicated medical condition called ‘insulin resistance.’ In fact, in the early stages of type 2 diabetes, there’s plenty of insulin around, it just doesn’t work well. To treat type 2 diabetes, we typically use lifestyle, and that may work alone — just diet and exercise — then we may need oral medications, and it is not uncommon for someone with type 2 diabetes to eventually need insulin, either with or without the oral medications.
The other important thing that needs to be said is that type 2 diabetes is associated with heart disease, and that’s why it’s so important to not only treat the glucose levels, but also to attack blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well.
If you have diabetes, Registered Dietitian at Vitality Nutrition LLC can advise you about what to eat, what not to eat, and how to keep that all-important blood glucose level in check.
Following a healthy diet is a fundamental aspect of Diabetes management. Food can help you control your blood sugar levels, but it also can cause them to surge out of control. People with every type of diabetes — type 1, type 2, or gestational — need to eat right as part of diabetes treatment. That’s why a registered dietitian from Vitality Nutrition LLC can be one of the most important members of your diabetes management team. We can teach you how to follow a proper diet, avoid some of the pitfalls of poor nutrition, and lose weight to better manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, your visit to the Registered Dietitian is almost always covered. Vitality Nutrition LLC participates with several different health insurance plans including Medicare. Come and see how we can make a BIG difference in your Diabetes management. Happy February!!