Sunday, March 7, 2010

Q&A

My most recent foodpicker.org question...

Q: I am trying to find a class for our grandson. He is 19 and has a part-time job but no insurance. He just found out last week that he is a type 1 diabetes after losing a lot of weight and his blood sugar was 523. He is on insulin but needs to go to a class to manage is diabetes without going hungry. Where do we start? Any suggestions would help us a lot.

A: In my experience, I have found the best thing to do is contact your local health department. They will have information on local classes either within your community or at their department. Most of the time they will have a registered dietitian (RD) or certified diabetes educator (CDE) on staff that would be available for one-on-one counseling to assist your grandson. The second choice would be to talk to his primary care physician. More often than not, the physician is actively involved and immersed in the community and would know the best reference for you, in regards to diabetes self-management.
Best of luck to you and your family!

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