Baptist Health Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Education

350 Taylor Road
Medical Plaza 2, Suite 2100
Montgomery, AL 36117
Phone: (334) 213-6360
Fax : (334) 213-6380

What you should know about nutrition and diabetes.

Why is good nutrition important?
Good nutrition is important for everybody because the food choices we make everyday impact our health in many areas. When you have diabetes, your blood sugars will daily be affected by you eat.

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that affects your body's ability to regulate your blood sugars. If blood sugars are uncontrolled over long periods of time, it can lead to many serious health problems.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?
Some of the major risk factors for diabetes include age, race, family history and being overweight.

How can a dietitian help me control my diabetes or improve my diet?
There is misinformation about foods and diet plans out there today. A dietitian can provide up-to-date factual information about healthy eating. Your meal plan should contain a balance among all food groups and be one that can be followed life long.

Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Education

Few diseases call for as much self-care and knowledge as diabetes. With the proper diet, physical activity and medication, you can manage the disease. The Baptist Health Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Education can provide you with useful information and instruction about how to better manage diabetes.

The Center also offers nutrition education programs that can help you learn the facts about good nutrition and weight management from registered, licensed dietitians.

Diabetes Education

The first step in controlling diabetes is learning about the disease. You receive individual attention from our staff of dietitians and nurses. Our professional staff works in conjunction with your physician to ensure that you learn how to improve your diabetes care, as well as your lifestyle.

Nutrition is the cornerstone of diabetes management. Besides general nutrition education, our dietitians can teach you how to replace meals when illness affects your appetite, adapt your meal plan for special occasions and allow you to have greater flexibility and enjoyment in your daily food choices.

Our nurses work closely with you and your physician to evaluate your current diabetes care. You learn how to better control your blood sugar. The nurse shares up-to-date diabetes information, practical exercise advice and tips on taking care of your feet and skin. You also learn how your diabetes medicine controls your blood sugar levels and how you can test these levels at home. Most importantly, the nurse helps you set individual goals for your diabetes management.

Gestational diabetes classes are provided weekly for women diagnosed with this condition. Pregnancies complicated by gestational diabetes can potentially increase your risk of serious problems for you and your baby. You learn how to monitor your blood sugar levels, as well as the proper nutrition for you and your child.

Nutrition Education

A healthy lifestyle includes a healthy diet. Individual counseling is offered for both therapeutic and preventative diets. A variety of meal plans are available to fit your particular needs including weight management plans, recommendations for low cholesterol diets and guidelines to improve high blood pressure.

Our weight management programs do not dictate what you should weigh or how you should lose weight. Each person is unique, with different eating and exercise habits, weight loss patterns and daily schedules. Every program encourages good nutrition and addresses how to shop for food, eating behaviors, eating out, dealing with emotions, food monitoring and physical activity.

Making a change

The Baptist Health Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Education is focused on helping you make permanent lifestyle changes. Whether you have diabetes or you are ready to change your eating habits, we can help you improve your health. Let one of our programs help you maintain a healthy weight and develop healthy diet and exercise habits.

If your doctor refers you for one of our services, we generally file with your insurance. However, if your insurance does not pay for all or part of our service you are responsible for the balance.

Call (334) 213-6360, Monday though Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for more information about our programs or to make an appointment.