Meet our Dietitians
While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be successfully managed through treatment and lifestyle changes, but managing your diabetes can be a challenge. That’s why Legacy Community Health provides patients with the guidance, support and resources you need to take control of your diabetes and become a healthier you!
What is diabetes and prediabetes?
Diabetes means your blood has too much sugar, also known as glucose. This happens because your body does not make enough of a hormone called insulin or because your body doesn’t respond well to insulin. Prediabetes means you have more glucose in your blood than normal, but not enough to be called diabetes. People with prediabetes have a greater chance of getting diabetes, but by lowering your blood glucose, you can reduce the chances of getting diabetes
Why should I be concerned about diabetes?
Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye problems, dental disease, nerve damage and foot problems.
What can be done to manage diabetes?
You can take steps to manage your diabetes, reduce the other health care risks that are associated with diabetes and stay healthy. Legacy Community Health has an integrated team of health care specialists who can work with you to set up a plan and provide you with the resources and tools you need to successfully manage your diabetes.
What Legacy Provides:
- Endocrinology specialists – Access to doctors who specialize in the care of endocrine disorders such as diabetes.
- Pharmacy support – Licensed pharmacists to provide education and medication management, plus access to drug discounts.
- Goal setting and monitoring tools – tracking tools and tips on how to use them.
- Diabetes education – Access to experienced and caring patient educators, plus diabetes management classes, patient handouts and web resources
- Eating healthy support– learn about how to eat healthy from registered dieticians, and receive recipes and label reading guides
- And more!
To schedule an appointment call (832) 548 5000 or or visit our locations page to find a Legacy clinic near you.
Understanding & Problem Solving
There are a variety of different factors that can affect your diabetes. It is important to be able to identify challenges, plan ahead and develop the skills to best manage your diabetes.
Healthy Coping & Risk Reduction
Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk for developing other health problems. However, if you understand the risks, you can take steps now to lower your chance of diabetes-related complications.
Having a variety of different nutritious foods in your diet and knowing which foods affect your blood sugars are important in keeping an overall healthy diet and controlling your diabetes.
There are many benefits to staying active. Regular physical activity can help improve your overall health.
Taking your prescribed medications is an important step in controlling your diabetes.
Checking your blood sugar levels regularly gives you vital information about your diabetes management. Monitoring helps you know when your blood sugar levels are on target and it helps you make food and activity adjustments so that your
body can perform at its best.