Diabetes Counselling – Type 1 and Type 2, Pre-Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes counselling will assist the person with diabetes to learn about:

Target Blood Sugars
Monitoring to reduce risk of long term complications
Blood Glucose Monitoring
Medications, Insulin and Insulin Pumps
Diabetes Nutrition
– Carbohydrate Distribution – How much carbohydrate can you handle?
– Carbohydrate Counting – How much carbohydrate can you handle?
– Glycemic Index – How much carbohydrate can you handle?
– Portion Control – How much carbohydrate can you handle?
– Label Reading – How much carbohydrate can you handle?
– Specific foods that improve blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure control.
Benefits and Challenges of Exercise, depending on the type of diabetes

Pre-Diabetes Counselling

Pre-Diabetes Counseling will assist the person with pre-diabetes to understand:

Target Blood Sugars
Regular monitoring for diabetes detection
Weight management for diabetes prevention
Benefits of exercise for diabetes prevention


Prevention of low blood sugar is the goal. Learn to understand what situations put you at risk for low blood sugar, how to prevent them and how to treat them.

Depending on the lipid abnormality there are specific dietary strategies that can improve cholesterol and/or triglycerides levels. These may include Soluble and Viscous Fibres, manipulating saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and Omega 3-Fatty Acids. Meal plans are created to address the clinical problem, and are tailored to work with each person’s lifestyle.

High blood pressure management involves more than reducing salt. Strategies such as weight loss, activity and assessing the diet for specific foods to help lower blood pressure are used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Weight Loss

Your Weight Loss program will include foods and strategies that help control appetite. If you suffer from “portion distortion” special attention is given to portion control and label reading. A careful examination of the interaction between nutrition, lifestyle, and physical activity will help to tailor a plan to your needs.

Weight Gain

For some people gaining weight is as difficult as losing weight is for others. The focus is on eating a nutrient and calorically dense diet.

Calcium & Vitamin D

How much is in your diet, and is a supplement required? Does your diet include foods that deplete bone mass?

Learn to eat to reduce your risk of Heart Disease and Cancer.
Go Vegetarian, the healthy way.
Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy. Nutrient requirements change throughout the different stages of pregnancy. Be sure to reach optimal calcium, iron and folic acid while achieving an appropriate weight gain.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Learn what foods can help you, and hurt you.

Nutrigenomics is a new scientific discipline that uses modern genomics technology to study the relationship between genes, nutrition and health. It has long been apparent that some people respond differently from others to certain foods. For example, individuals with lactose intolerance experience gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming certain dairy products, while other individuals can consume dairy with no problems.
Nutrigenomics allows us to understand how our genes affect the way we respond to the foods, beverages and supplements we consume.
The Nutrigenomix test involves a simple collection of saliva which is sent out for testing, and individualized recommendations based on your genetic profile are provided.

Fees are not covered by OHIP however many private insurance plans cover some or all of the cost. Check with your insurance provider for details. Nutrition counselling is sold as a package of visits including the assessment, initial instruction and follow up visits. Call for details.