Take control of your diabetes with our expert help.
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, there are a number of steps you should take to control your condition. While there is no known cure for diabetes, scientific advancements and research have given us the knowledge to effectively manage the disease.
We have created the Charles River Medical Center Diabetes & Nutrition Education program to give you the proper training to self-manage your diabetes. While taking your prescribed medication to treat your diabetes is crucial, properly caring for your condition through nutritional choices is also an important factor in living a healthy life
What is diabetes?
Both type 1 and 2 diabetes are serious chronic conditions characterized by an excess of sugar in the bloodstream.
In the case of type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks the pancreas and inhibits its ability to produce insulin. Insulin is the molecule responsible for converting the glucose obtained from food into the energy your body needs to function. A lack of insulin means the body cannot use sugar for energy, which causes it to accumulate in the body. With type 2 diabetes, insulin production is normal but the cells in the body don’t use it properly, which also causes a build-up of sugar in the bloodstream. Persistent high blood sugar levels can cause numerous problems throughout your body, including atherosclerosis, nerve damage and kidney disease.
In both type 1 and 2 diabetes, the excess sugar shows up as elevated levels in the urine. Consequently, one of the most common symptoms of diabetes is frequent urination with an inability to quench one’s thirst. If you are experiencing frequent urination and perpetual thirst, you should immediately seek medical attention, as this could be a sign of dramatically high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes.
Experienced professionals who will help you live a healthy life.
Run by two experienced registered dietitians and two compassionate nurse practitioners, our Diabetes & Nutrition Education program offers both individual and group sessions to educate you about your diabetes and give you the tools that you need to properly care for your health. This program is covered by insurance, and we offer educational at offices in Natick, Framingham and Marlboro:
336 Union Ave,
Framingham, MA 01702
246 Maple Street,
Marlborough, MA 01752
83 Speen Street,
Natick, MA 01760
Call our program appointment line at 1-508-848-2227 for more information or to schedule a session.