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For Optimal Diabetes Health, Follow Individualized Nutrition Plan

"Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down" - right? Probably not if you have diabetes. If that is the case, then you undoubtedly know to avoid sugar. But what else should you do to control your blood sugar levels? Can what you eat actually impact your risk of diabetes-related complications? And does one special diabetes diet work for everyone?

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, then you may be asking these questions, plus many more. You may also have tried to find answers by surfing the Internet - only to find a host of conflicting information. Well, there is one resource that offers diabetes information that is completely reliable. It is Cleveland Clinic's MyConsult Nutrition Consultation, a convenient, online nutrition program.

Diana,* a 41-year-old Cleveland-area medical secretary, is glad she took advantage of the program. "I'm feeling much better now that I've had the consultations," she says. "I brought down my blood sugar levels and now realize that you truly can control diabetes with food. The dietician who counseled me is fantastic. She is very knowledgeable, supportive and creative."

MyConsult Nutrition Consultation is customized to meet your individual needs. The Web-based program connects you to a Cleveland Clinic Heart Center registered dietician who develops a personalized, comprehensive nutrition program based on your unique requirements. The program includes multiple, individualized dietary sessions with the dietitian, incorporating the most up-to-date research findings.

"We empower people to make positive changes in their lives," says Melissa Ohlson, one of the program's dietitians. "It feels good to see the successes. For example, I've seen patients make dramatic reductions in their cholesterol and sugar levels."

To take advantage of the nutrition program, visit eclevelandclinic.org and click on "Nutrition Consultation." Here you can read about the program. If you decide to register, you will establish a secure user name and password. Once this is done, you can access the MyConsult Nutrition Consultation service from any computer.

After completing a simple, online questionnaire and consent form, your dietician will send you a thorough, detailed report within five to seven business days. Then a few days later, you will receive your first consultation.

* fictitious name has been used to protect patient confidentiality.



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