PRINE Endocrinology has been created to bring well established Endocrinologists to continue to provide superb, comprehensive care to their diverse Endocrinology
patients as we expand services collaboratively to better meet the needs of our kidney patient population, particularly those with diabetic kidney disease. PRINE Endocrinology offers a wide array of diagnostic testing including a full-service laboratory, bone densitometry, thyroid sonography, and cardiovascular assessments. Our physicians provide preventative care as well as treatment for a variety of conditions. With ongoing research related to diabetes, hypertension, growth hormone replacement and neuropathy, there is a focus on all aspects of care.
By including a diabetes education program in an endocrinology practice environment, our patients are provided access to a wide array of resources essential to the optimal management of their diabetes. Designated and experienced staff lead classes and help improve the quality of life of an individual with diabetes. program consists of 7 group classes designed to answer questions about Diabetes, as well as about one’s individual role in maintaining good control of their blood sugars. Our education program begins with an initial assessment and ends with a follow-up session to evaluate how well the class participants did in attaining their goals.
The classes offer information and support, with opportunities for group discussion. All patients with Diabetes, whether Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational, as well as their family members, are invited to participate. We work with individuals who control their diabetes with diet and exercise, oral medications, insulin injections and insulin pumps.
Class sessions consist of the following:
- Diabetes Basics – types of diabetes, effect of diet, exercise, and medication on blood sugar, self-testing of blood sugars
- You and Your Diet – nutrition, exchange lists, and carbohydrate counting.
- Personalizing Your Diet – review of personal food diary and blood sugar logs, suggested diet changes, label reading
- Controlling Your Blood Sugars – hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, sick day rules, knowing how and when to test.
- General Facts – complications, including dental care, eye care, foot care
- Staying in Balance – diabetes and cardiovascular health, shopping tips, dining out tips, exercise
- Coping With Diabetes – dealing with your feelings, family support, accepting the challenge of living with diabetes
Our diabetes management and education resources stress the importance of providing a bridge between diet theory to dietary behavior. We feel that no diet can be accurately summarized; it must be individualized. Each patient in the program receives a nutrition assessment which involves:
- A review of blood sugar records, food diaries, medical history, allergies, activity patterns, medications and life schedules that would affect a nutritional plan.
- Integration of this information into a plan that addresses medical dietary needs while taking into account the individual’s lifestyle.
- Establishing a follow-up appointment frequency / schedule that suits each individual’s needs.
Our staff provides individualized medical nutritional therapy and counseling and conducts group seminars for adult men and women with specific needs, including diabetes or hypertension. These sessions cover a wide variety of topics including medical nutrition therapy, normal nutrition, nutrition during pregnancy, dietary needs of patients with diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, obesity, eating disorders, renal disease or hypertension, strategies for dining out, food preparation, and how to read food labels.