Diabetes Care

Nancy Kure, RDN, LD, CDE, (left) Director of Gritman Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes, and Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator Dorothy Plaza are available to assist and answer any question you may have.

We are committed to making a difference for people living with diabetes in our community.

Gritman’s diabetes education team is located on the second floor of the Gritman medical office building, directly across Main Street from the hospital. Our team is ready to help you learn how to live better and take control through monitoring blood sugar, nutrition and physical activity-as well as understanding medication as needed. No matter your experience level, our certified diabetes care and education specialists, dietitians and nurses will help you build the skills and confidence to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Call to learn more: 208-883-6341

Are You at Risk For Diabetes?
More than 88 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes – and nearly 90% percent of those people don’t know they have it. Having prediabetes greatly increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health conditions. It’s critical for Americans to learn their prediabetes risk, be screened regularly and take the steps necessary to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) launched its first risk test in 1993. The risk test was adapted by a published study and validated using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A person with a high score on the online risk test (five or higher) is at significant risk for having prediabetes. However, only a blood test can determine an official diagnosis.

Take the Prediabetes Risk Test

Individual Counseling Services

  • Prediabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Advanced Insulin Management and Training
    (Insulin pump and personal CGM sensors, instruction, and problem solving for people starting insulin or needing adjustments.)
  • MedGem® Metabolic Testing
    (Measures calories your body burns at a resting state with results used for setting and tracking nutrition goals.)
  • Professional Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Studies
    (Provides comprehensive data to identify continuous blood glucose patterns for up to seven days.)

Photo: Nancy Kure, RDN, LD, CDE, (left) Director of Gritman Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes, and Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator Dorothy Plaza are available to assist and answer any question you may have.

Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Program

Has your doctor talked with you about prediabetes? You may be at higher risk of developing diabetes, presenting opportunities to be extra careful with your health. We can help you build a personalized plan to keep you as healthy as possible and lower your risk for developing diabetes. If you already have prediabetes, now is the right time to take control of your health.

Our team is dedicated to working with you to prevent type 2 diabetes through our Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Program, a year-long, lifestyle-change program. This program, fully recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers education on physical activity, nutrition, stress management and other important areas of your health. We also work with you to build strategies for overcoming challenges to sustaining weight loss.

Are you eligible?
To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be overweight (BMI ≥ 25)

Who would benefit from this program?
Individuals who:

  • Are overweight
  • Diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes
  • At risk for diabetes

Medicare Part B covers as a benefit with prediabetes labs.

We periodically offer free, no-obligation information sessions about the program.

Please check with your insurance provider to find out if the Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Program is covered. To register for this program, contact Gritman Clinical Nutrition at 208-883-6341 or [email protected].

Our Free Classes

Contact Gritman Clinical Nutrition at 208-883-6341 or email [email protected] for more information on our free, monthly, diabetes wellness classes.

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    Smart Snacking Tips

    Follow your body’s hunger and fullness signals. Smart snacking can help you keep your blood sugar levels stable, especially if you are taking medicine for diabetes.

    • Take time to enjoy your food.
      Try using a smaller plate, bowl, or glass while you slowly eat your snack.
    • Try to make healthy choices. Choose filling foods that can satisfy your hunger without a lot of calories. For example, try a hard-boiled egg or an ounce of reduced-fat cheese, such as string cheese.
    • Be prepared.
      Keep cut-up raw vegetables in your refrigerator. If these are ready to eat, you’re more likely to grab them than something else. Try a low-fat dip on the side.

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    Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that first occurs during pregnancy. High blood sugar can cause problems for you and your baby. But with treatment, most women can control their blood sugar and have healthy babies. Blood sugar levels usually go back to normal after the baby is born.

    Learn About Gestational Diabetes
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