Chicago Diabetes Experts

Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition Counseling services offered in Buffalo Grove, IL

Nutrition is one of the most important methods of managing diabetes, but many patients find it challenging. At Chicago Diabetes Experts, the team of diabetes specialists led by Gregory O. Clark, MD, provides easy-to-understand nutrition counseling molded to your needs and goals. They offer nutrition counseling, weight management, and other crucial diabetes management in their Buffalo Grove, Illinois office. Telemedicine and house calls are also available. Joining the concierge medicine program gives you access to one-on-one nutrition coaching and ongoing support to reach your health goals. Call the Chicago area office or book your appointment online today.

What is nutrition counseling?

Nutrition counseling is medical care that helps ensure you’re well-nourished and healthy. Chicago Diabetes Experts offers nutrition counseling to help you take control of your nutrition, diabetes, and overall health.

Who needs nutrition counseling? 

Everyone with diabetes needs nutrition counseling as part of their overall disease management. Unfortunately, nutrition is often particularly confusing for many people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. 

What you eat significantly affects your blood sugar and general health, so it’s essential to manage your nutrition well when you have diabetes. Even with well-managed diabetes, you should watch your nutrition closely because blood sugar changes and health problems can develop suddenly. 

What does nutrition counseling involve?

Nutrition counseling starts with a deep dive into your health and lifestyle. Some factors that can influence your nutrition counseling include:

  • Whether you need to gain or lose weight
  • Co-occurring health conditions, like hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Daily eating habits, including the foods, amounts, and times you eat
  • Frequency of dining out
  • Religious practices that influence diet, such as following a kosher diet 
  • Personal convictions that influence diet, such as avoiding meat or animal products
  • Cravings
  • Personal goals, such as losing a certain amount of weight
  • Medications you’re taking

Taking all these factors and many others into account, the Chicago Diabetes Experts team works to design an eating plan that makes sense for you. 

Nutrition counseling includes a lot of give-and-take, so you have plenty of input regarding your new eating plan. The team wants to help you implement an eating plan that actually works within your life, so they won’t push you to adopt an unattainably challenging or restrictive eating plan. 

They understand that convenience and common sense are essential when it comes to good nutrition because it helps you build a strong foundation and make permanent lifestyle changes. 

Exercise and blood sugar control go hand-in-hand with nutrition counseling. Depending on your goals and health needs, you might also need help with weight management, for example, Ozempic® and Mounjaro injections that help lower your blood sugar while encouraging weight loss. 

Chicago Diabetes Experts offers a concierge medicine program giving you expanded access to nutrition counseling, diabetes management, and other crucial care. Call the office or click the online appointment feature to learn more today.