F.A.Q. & Nutrition Info

Frequently Asked Questions

The mission of the diabetes team at Walker Wellness & Diabetes Education is to provide quality comprehensive diabetes self management education, and to support those living with diabetes. We want to empower the person with diabetes, using what they have learned through diabetes education, to better manage diabetes, avoid complications, and achieve optimum physical and emotional health.

Do we accept insurance?

We are in-network with Medicare Part B. We will file claims on your behalf, and you will be responsible for any copays, coinsurance or deductibles specified by your plan. Currently, we do not accept commercial insurance. Many insurance companies will cover Diabetes Self-Management Education Training. We encourage you to contact your insurance company to see if they will cover the education sessions. We will be happy to supply you with an invoice with all the necessary information to send in for insurance reimbursement. We do have a significantly reduced self-pay rate for those that would like to attend class but are uninsured or underinsured. Please contact Emily with any questions or concerns about payment.

Is the program a Recognized Diabetes Education* Program?

The Walker Wellness and Diabetes Education program has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Diabetes Self-Management Education* and Support.

Frequently Asked Diabetes Questions

I was just recently diagnosed with diabetes, now what?

If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, you need to have an office visit with your physician or nurse practitioner who will be managing your diabetes. Together, you should come up with a plan of action to help you get on the right track with your diabetes management. Just a few of the topics that need to be discussed at your office visit include:

  • Lifestyle changes (exercise and meal plan)

  • Attending Diabetes Education classes

  • How to monitor your blood sugar at home

  • Medication (if needed)

  • Return visits to clinic

These are just a couple of the topics that need further discussion. This topic is discussed in greater detail at Diabetes Education Classes.

What are some symptoms of diabetes?

Classic symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Increased thirst

  • Increased urination

  • Increased hunger

  • Feeling tired

  • Blurry vision

  • Frequent infections (urinary, yeast, dental)

  • Slow healing of cuts or sores

  • Dry, itchy skin

  • Numbness and tingling in the hands or feet

What type of Diabetes do I have?

You will have to discuss this with your doctor since he/she is the one who diagnosed you. In Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas makes little to no insulin. You must take insulin injections to live. In Type 2 Diabetes, your pancreas still makes insulin, but it either does not make enough or your body is resistant to the insulin that your pancreas makes, also known as insulin resistance. In Type 2 Diabetes, treatment may include lifestyle changes, oral medications, or insulin.

What are some symptoms of a low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?

  • Shaky

  • Sweaty

  • Lightheaded or dizzy

  • Hungry

  • Confusion

  • Weak or tired

  • Nervous or jittery

What should I do if I have symptoms of a low blood sugar?

If you have a monitor, you should test your blood sugar first to see if you are having a low.

If you are below 70, you should treat it with approximately 15 grams of fast acting carbohydrate.

Examples of low blood sugar treatments would include: ONE of the following:

  • 4 round glucose tablets

  • 4 ounces of regular fruit juice (apple or orange)

  • 4 ounces of regular soda (NOT DIET)

  • A fun size package of Skittles

Once you have treated a low, retest your blood sugar in approximately 15 minutes. If you have repeated low blood sugars, you should contact your physician or nurse practitioner.

Nutrition Questions & Healthy Tips

The average person will have several questions concerning what they “can and can’t eat” after being diagnosed with diabetes. Below, we list several FAQ and answers to help those seeking information. Below the FAQ, you will also find a list of healthy lifestyle tips to help manage diabetes and combat its symptoms. 

What can I eat and drink?

There is nothing you cannot have. The key is figuring out how to fit certain foods into your meal plan. Reading food labels and measuring portion sizes will enable you to fit your favorite foods into your meal plan. Water, diet sodas, coffee (black) and unsweetened drinks are beverages that will not raise your blood sugar.

 

Can I still have sweets?

Absolutely, you can still have sweets. You will need to watch portion sizes and look at the amount of carbohydrates that your favorite sweets contain. A dietitian can show you how to work these special treats into your meal plan.

 

Can I still go to my favorite restaurants or eat out?

Yes, you can still eat out. You will be able to find something that fits into your meal plan at every restaurant. Ask our dietitian to help at your next visit.

 

Are sugar free products better than products that contain sugar?

It depends on the product. Sugar alcohol is still a carbohydrate, so you will still need to monitor and watch the portion size of sugar free products. Sugar alcohols often cause gas, bloating and diarrhea. You will need to look at the total amount carbohydrates in each product. For example, a piece of SF cake might contain 42gm of carbohydrate while the regular piece only contains 30gm of carbohydrates. You will need to compare regular product vs sugar free product to see which product has the lowest amount of total carbohydrates.

 

What foods have carbohydrates?

Here is a list of just a few foods that contain carbohydrates:

  • Starchy foods like bread, cereal, rice and crackers

  • Fruit and fruit juices

  • Milk and yogurt

  • Dried beans and soy products

  • Starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn

  • Sweets and snack foods like soda, juice, cake, cookies, candy and chips

Non-starchy vegetables have a little bit of carbohydrates but in general are very low.

 

Healthy Diabetes Tip #1 – Eat Breakfast

Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try making a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, salsa and a whole wheat tortilla or a parfait with low-fat plain yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal.

Healthy Diabetes Tip #2 – Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Experiment with different types, including fresh, frozen and canned.

Healthy Diabetes Tip #3 – Watch Portion Sizes

Get out the measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size. Use half your plate for fruits and vegetables and the other half for grains and lean protein foods. To complete the meal, add a serving of fat-free or low-fat milk or yogurt.

Healthy Diabetes Tip #4 – Get to Know Food Labels 

Reading the Nutrition Facts panel can help you shop and eat or drink smarter. 

Healthy Diabetes Tip #5 – Enact Family Meal Time

Plan to eat as a family at least a few times each week. Set a regular mealtime. Turn off the TV, phones and other electronic devices to encourage mealtime talk. Get kids involved in meal planning and cooking and use this time to teach them about good nutrition. 

Healthy Diabetes Tip #6 – Eat Seafood

Twice a Week Seafood—fish and shellfish—contains a range of nutrients including healthy omega-3 fats. Salmon, trout, oysters and sardines are higher in omega-3s and lower in mercury. 

Healthy Diabetes Tip #7 – Explore New Foods and Flavors

 Add more nutrition and eating pleasure by expanding your range of food choices. When shopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you or your family. 

Healthy Diabetes Tip #8 – Fix Healthy Snacks

Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels between meals, especially when they include a combination of foods. Choose from two or more of the MyPlate food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein. Try raw veggies with low-fat cottage cheese, or a tablespoon of peanut butter with an apple or banana.

Healthy Diabetes Tip #9 – Slow Down at Mealtime

Instead of eating on the run, try sitting down and focusing on the food you’re about to eat. Dedicating time to enjoy the taste and textures of foods can have a positive effect on your food intake. 

 Healthy Diabetes Tip #10 – Drink More Water

 Quench your thirst with water instead of drinks with added sugars. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, especially if you are active, are an older adult or live or work in hot conditions.

Authored by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics staff registered dietitian nutritionists. ©2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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