Nutrition

Nexus HealthSpan -  - Preventative Medicine Specialist

Nexus HealthSpan

Preventative Medicine Specialists & Cardiovascular Disease Specialists located in Corona del Mar, Corona del Mar, CA & Lake Forest, CA

Good nutrition is an essential part of your overall health and can lead to weight loss, better metabolic health, and prevent diabetes. Zachary Lott, MSN, ARNP, AGACNP-BC, and the team at Nexus HealthSpan in Corona del Mar and Lake Forest, California, can help guide you in making good nutrition choices that will benefit your overall health. Call today to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool so you can get help with your nutrition today.

Nutrition Q&A

What are the benefits of good nutrition?

Healthy eating is important for everyone, especially for those with chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. The benefits of good nutrition include:

  • Helping maintain a healthy weight
  • Lowered risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers
  • Improved bone health
  • Better immune function
  • Supports strong bones and muscles
  • May help you live longer
  • Supports healthy pregnancies and breastfeeding
  • Helps the digestive system function properly

If you already have a chronic health condition like diabetes, good nutrition can help support you in managing your diabetes. Eating a diet low in simple carbohydrates can help keep blood sugars down, making your insulin requirement lower.

How does nutrition affect my metabolic health?

Metabolic health refers to having ideal levels of blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, weight circumference. These metabolic factors directly affect a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

According to studies, only 1 in 8 Americans has optimal metabolic health; a very low number. Nutrition plays a key role in optimizing metabolic health, and lifestyle changes and improving diet can help improve metabolic health and reverse the risk of chronic health conditions.

Metabolic health also goes beyond just the number on the scale. Other factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, or an unhealthy diet can lead to poor metabolic health. Eating a diet low in carbohydrates and unhealthy fats and increasing intake of protein, fruits, and vegetables can help improve metabolic health.

Can I use nutrition to help manage my diabetes?

Absolutely. When individuals with diabetes eat a better diet, their requirement for insulin decreases, making them need to take medication less often. For people with diabetes, doctors recommend a diet with low levels of simple carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest, which means they cause blood sugar levels to rise more slowly than simple carbohydrates such as white bread and pasta.

The glycemic index ranks carbohydrates on a scale based on how quickly they raise blood sugar levels. Low glycemic index foods, such as whole oats and grains, prompt a more gradual rise in blood sugar, which is better for people with diabetes. Eating too many high glycemic index foods has been shown to contribute to increased risk of heart disease, being overweight, poorer diabetes management.

If you’d like help with nutrition guidance, call the office today to schedule an appointment with the friendly staff. We can help create a diet plan that works for you.