Nutrition Consultation-When it comes to your health, choose to be pro active!
Monitoring of blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol is essential for achieving optimum health and longevity. The results can be confusing and choosing a treatment plan even more so. As a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Nathan can help you understand the tests, medications your doctor ordered and alternative or adjunctive treatment options.
Nutrition education can assist diabetes patients in controlling the progression of their disease. It is estimated that diabetes occurs in approximately 4.5% of the population in the United States. Monitoring and controlling blood sugar levels is critical to the prevention of complications such as eye disease, hardening of the arteries, kidney disease, nerve damage and foot ulcers. This is true for all diabetics, including Type II diabetics who are not insulin-dependent.
Blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels and constitutes one of the principal vital signs. Persistent hypertension, or hypertension, is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, arterial aneurysms, and is the leading cause of chronic renal failure. Low blood pressure, or hypotension, may be a sign of severe disease and may require urgent medical attention. We can help monitor your blood pressure. Just stop by the pharmacy and ask the pharmacist to do a quick check. It only takes a few minutes. Early onset of high blood pressure may be controlled with diet and nutritional supplement changes. If you are currently being treated for blood pressure problems with medications we may be able to help your medications work better.
A lipid panel is a blood test that usually measures 3 kinds of lipids in the blood. The lipids are related to cholesterol, a fatty substance also in the blood. The 3 kinds of lipids measured in a lipid panel are: LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein), HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein), and triglycerides. The lipid panel also measures total cholesterol, which is the sum of all the types of cholesterol in your blood. Triglycerides: Blood tests for triglycerides are usually part of a lipid profile used to identify the risk of developing heart disease. If you are diabetic, it is especially important to have triglycerides measured as part of any lipid testing since triglycerides increase significantly when blood sugar is out of control. Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL): Indicates your "bad" cholesterol. High Density Lipoproteins (HDL:) Indicates your "good" cholesterol. Certain herbs & supplements and dietary changes can help you control these risks factors without medication or with less medication. Call for a consultation and take a pro active approach to your health care.