Diabetes Services

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a common disease affecting 29.1 million people in the United States.  It affects all ages and all races.  90% of the diabetes population have type 2 diabetes which is usually diagnosed after the age of 45 years.  Type 1 diabetes accounts for 10% of the diabetes population.  Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 2 diabetes.  Gestational diabetes occurs during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy and it usually goes away after birth.  Both the mother and child are predisposed to type 2 diabetes sometime during their lifetime.

Unfortunately, only 21 million people know they have diabetes.  Diabetes often goes undiagnosed and it is believed that over 8 million Americans have undiagnosed diabetes.  Diabetes is the 7th major cause of death in the USA.  It is called the head to toe disease since it can affect all major organ systems of the human body.  Diabetes complications include heart disease, stroke, blindness and other eye problems, kidney disease and amputations.

Diabetes Can Be Controlled

The secret to living successfully with diabetes is education.

North Canyon Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Associations for providing people quality diabetes education.  Our program has met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education since 2000.

As certified diabetes educators (CDE), we strive to give our clients tools and strategies to successfully control their diabetes, care for their health and live life to the fullest with this chronic disease.  If you are newly diagnosed or have had the disease for many years and need some help controlling blood sugars, we are here to help.

Sessions are usually one on one, client and educator, individualized to each client.  The program usually works on a referral basis from your primary diabetes provider, or you are welcome to call and self-enroll.  The diabetes educator will then work to obtain needed referrals.  Referrals are needed so that insurances can be billed for services thus reducing the cost to our clients.  Diabetes services are covered under most insurance carriers.

We aim to treat all aspects of diabetes

Healthy Eating

Having diabetes does not mean you have to give up your favorite foods or stop eating in restaurants.  In fact, there is nothing you can’t eat.  But you need to know that the foods you eat affect your blood sugar.  It is important to eat regular meals and consider the amount you eat and make food choices to help control your diabetes better.  Controlling blood sugars helps to prevent other health problems.  Diabetes Educators can help you learn more about:

  • Counting Carbohydrates
  • Reading food labels
  • Understanding portion control
  • Develop a meal plan
  • Prevent high or low blood sugars
  • Set goals for healthy eating

Continual Glucose Monitoring

We offer the Dexcom G4 is a continuous glucose monitoring system that shows real-time continuous sensor glucose reading every 5 minutes for up to 7 days.  Theses readings can help find trends and patterns in glucose levels, allowing the wearer to see where their glucose levels have been, which direction they are headed, and how fast they are rising or falling.

The Dexcom G4 is great tool to use when tighter diabetes control is desired.  If you are interested in CGM testing with the Dexcom G4 give the staff a call at the Diabetes office.

Pre-Diabetes Services

Phone: (208) 934-9886

Almost 29.1 million Americans have diabetes – but that is just the tip of the iceberg.  About 86 million adults in the United States have pre-diabetes.  People with pre-diabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 5-10 years, unless they take steps to prevent or delay the disease.

Diabetes Can Be Prevented

What is pre-diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is a condition that comes before diabetes. It means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but aren’t high enough to be called diabetes. There are no clear symptoms of pre-diabetes. You can have it and not know it.

If I have pre-diabetes, what does it mean?

It means you might get type 2 diabetes soon or down the road.  You are also more likely to get heart disease or have a stroke.  There is good news about diabetes!  You might be wondering: What’s the “good” news about diabetes, the sixth leading cause of death, that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States?  The good news is that we now have definitive proof that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in persons at risk for the disease through moderate lifestyle changes..

How can I delay or prevent type 2 diabetes?

  • Join our Diabetes Prevention Program 
  • Modest Weight Loss (5-7% of body weight) 
  • Regular Physical Activity 
  • Dietary Changes (modest changes can do a lot) 
  • Regular monitoring of glucose levels
Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services

Phone: (208) 934-9986

Medical Nutrition Therapy – Nutrition Services

North Canyon Medical Center provides a wide variety of nutrition services by a Registered Dietitian.  Nutrition counseling is provided to outpatients needing help with health issues that can be improved with dietary changes.

Services can be obtained by physician referral or self-enrollment.  Nutrition services may or may not be covered by insurances.

Our dietitian can help with health issues such as:

  • Anemia
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholesterol Levels
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Kidney Disease
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Weight Gain or Weight Loss