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Diabetes & Nutrition Services

The diabetes/nutrition program at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center's Lifestyle Center has received national recognition by the American Diabetes Association for being a quality diabetes education program since 1991. To help you learn how to manage your diabetes, we offer individual counseling with certified diabetes nurse educators and dietitians, group diabetes education classes called "Diabetes University" and carbohydrate counting classes. To enroll, your medical provider must fax a referral, or you may contact us yourself. Participation will require a written referral from your medical provider and this program is usually covered by insurance.

Nutrition counseling

It is an important part of preventive medicine, as well as the treatment of many diseases. Registered dietitians offer individualized nutrition counseling to help individuals and families understand the dietary recommendations and take responsibility for their nutritional health needs.

About the Programs

Counseling sessions are conducted by Registered Dietitians, experienced in medical nutrition therapy and health education. Sessions are held on an individual basis. Family members are encouraged to attend when appropriate. Counseling includes three components:

  • Assessment of individual health including current dietary intake, exercise patterns, and lifestyle habits.
  • Goal setting to determine achievable health outcomes as well as body composition expectations.
  • Establishing an Action Plan to implement appropriate lifelong dietary changes. Action Plans are tailored to each client situation.

Nutrition counseling can benefit most individuals, and is especially beneficial for the following:

  • Diabetes
  • PreDiabetes
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Weight management
  • Reactive Hypoglycemia
  • Hypertension
  • Elevated blood cholesterol or lipids
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Other medical conditions

Insurance coverage varies; most insurances will cover counseling for medical nutrition therapy. Contact your insurance company for verification of insured services or pre-authorization requirements.


Diabetes & Nutrition Referral Form
Digestive Health Nutrition Referral Form
Gestational Diabetes Referral Form

Education & Events

Diabetes Counseling

Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can be associated with serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

Alarming numbers - Cases of diabetes in the United States are increasing at an alarming rate. The CDC reports these figures for 2010:

  • Total cases: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.
  • Diagnosed: 18.8 million people
  • Undiagnosed: 7 million people

Download a Centers for Disease Control diabetes fact sheet here.

Virginia is in the Diabetes Belt. In the U.S., 644 counties in 15 states have the highest incidence of Type 2 Diabetes. Our area has been specically identified as having a high incidence of diabetes. Right here is where diabetes care and prevention is most needed. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are two of the four major contributing factors to the increased incidence of diabetes. For most people, these are lifestyle choices that can be controlled through education and well thought-out exercise and diet plans.

Diet, exercise, insulin and oral medication to lower blood glucose levels are the foundation of diabetes treatment and management. Patient education and self-care practices are also important aspects of disease management that help people with diabetes lead normal lives.

Type 1 diabetes

Previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or juvenile onset diabetes, Type 1 diabetes develops when the body's immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells in the body that make the hormone insulin that regulates blood glucose. This form of diabetes usually strikes children and young adults, although disease onset can occur at any age.

Type 2 diabetes

Previously called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult onset diabetes, Type 2 diabetes may account for about 90-95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. It usually begins as insulin resistance, a disorder in which the cells do not use insulin properly. As the need for insulin rises, the pancreas gradually loses its ability to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes is associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose metabolism, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity.

Gestational diabetes

This is a form of glucose intolerance that is diagnosed in some women during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes occurs more frequently among African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians. It is also more common among obese women and women with a family history of diabetes. During pregnancy, gestational diabetes requires treatment to normalize maternal blood glucose levels to avoid complications in the infant.

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Comprehensive Diabetes Program

CRMC offers diabetes education at the Lifestyle Center for children as well as adults. If you have recently been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, hypoglycemia or gestational diabetes, the certified professionals at the Lifestyle Center can teach you everything you need to know about your disease. Patient education and self-care practices are important aspects of disease management that help people with diabetes lead normal lives. Diabetes affects many different life activities. The educators teach you how to control your diabetes with medication, nutrition and exercise.

Our program:

  • A 1 hour appointment with a registered nurse.
  • A 1 hour appointment with a registered dietitian.
  • Three 2 1/2 hour educational classes that include: Learning the Diabetes Basics, Medication & Insulin, Nutrition, Exercise for Control/ Preventing Complications, and Cooking for Diabetes.

How to make an appointment

These classes are offered by appointment. Contact your physician to discuss your participation in our program. Most insurances will cover the program if you are diagnosed with diabetes. (Co-pays will apply, depending on your insurance coverage). We recommend that you contact your insurance carrier prior to your appointment to ensure coverage.

Your doctor will need to write a prescription for “Complete Diabetes Education Program” and fax it to the scheduling office at 757-312-6271. Or call 757-312-6137.

Flexible Insulin Therapy (FIT)

Matching insulin doses to your lifestyle and food choices can lead to better control and may help your insulin work better. The Certified Diabetes Educators at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center are experts in diabetes education and management. Let them help you control your diabetes instead of letting your diabetes control you.

Diabetes University

Diabetes University If you're looking to continue your diabetes education, enroll in Diabetes University. A multidisciplinary team of health care professionals teaches the three-part program, open to all diabetes patients and their families. Topics include nutrition, diabetes management, foot care, complications, medications, community resources and more. Most insurance companies will cover the cost.
Call 757-312-6132 to register.

Diabetes Sisters Support Group

Are you looking for support with your diabetes treatment? Join the Diabetes Sisters Support Group who conveniently meet at the Lifestyle Center every third Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Group Leader/Facilitator: Kay Mober, 757-440-3720 

Diabetes and Nutrition Services Coordinator: Terry Lumber, 757-312-5263

2018 Meeting Dates

Diabetes & Nutrition Services