Diabetes

People with diabetes have more options than ever before for controlling their elevated blood sugars. Proper medications, combined with good nutrition, exercise, and self blood-glucose monitoring, allow for better blood sugar control, decreased complications and longer lives for those diagnosed with diabetes.

For more diabetes wellness tips and information, register for informative educational videos by visiting www.goemmi.com/MERIDIANDIABETES.

Diabetes Management Program

Meridian and its Diabetes Management Team are available to help patients manage their diabetes and prediabetes safely and effectively. Click to check out the Diabetes Management Classes near you.

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Diabetes Classes and Programs

Meridian offers a variety of diabetes events and classes - from prevention and wellness to diabetes management. Explore our calendar for upcoming events in your area, including:

  • Take Control of Your Health: Learn practical skills and strategies for managing your diabetes including problem solving, eating well, and exercising safely and easily. Six-week program. Registration is required.
  • Spice It Up: Just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean that your diet needs to be bland. Get tips on how to eat healthy and enjoy the taste of your food.
  • Pre-Diabetes: Are You At Risk?: Learn what lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
  • Diabetes Complications: Learn how keeping your blood sugar under control can prevent serious complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and more.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Screening: Receive a retinopathy screening. The retinal images will be reviewed by our ophthalmologists, and your findings will be mailed to you within two weeks of the screening.
  • Understanding Food Labels: Food labels can be complicated to understand. Learn tips on how to read them correctly to make sure you’re eating healthy.

Register for a class or screening today by visiting our online calendar or calling 800-560-9990.

Cooking with Diabetes

People with diabetes can help control their diabetes through diet. A diabetic should eat foods that are high in nutrients and low in fat and sugar. Click through our online recipe book for more healthy options like the one below.

Carrot-Oatmeal Muffins*

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions (makes 12 muffins)

Line a regular muffin pan with 12 paper liners. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a small bowl, beat egg lightly. Add milk, vegetable oil, and grated carrots.

Stir wet ingredients into large bowl of dry ingredients. Do not overmix. Stir in raisins and walnuts. Divide batter among 12 muffin cups. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.

* Gout-Friendly

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