- Monday thru Friday:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Closed Saturday & Sunday
- Phone: 207-564-4416
- Fax: 207-564-4475
- Diabetes Nutrition
- Suite 400 Medical Office Building
- 891 West Main Street
- Dover-Foxcroft , ME 04426
Diabetes and Nutrition Department
What is Diabetes?
For energy, our bodies change the food we eat into a sugar called glucose. Our bloodstream then carries glucose to our cells. A hormone called insulin helps get glucose into the cells where it can be used for energy.
Diabetes occurs when the body doesn't produce enough insulin or use it properly. When glucose cannot enter the cells, it builds up in the bloodstream. Over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, eyes and nerves, leading to serious health problems.
Are you at risk for Diabetes?
Anyone can develop Diabetes. It is more common among African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders.
You are at risk if:
- You are over 45.
- You are overweight.
- You do not exercise regularly.
- You have a family history of Diabetes.
- You have had a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds at birth.
Diabetes and Nutrition Center goals:
- To help people with Diabetes and their families to learn about Diabetes and achieve control.
- To provide a support mechanism for persons with Diabetes and their families.
- To decrease the number of hospital days associated with Diabetes through Diabetes education.
Diabetes and Nutrition Center services:
- The following services are available with a referral from your healthcare provider, and are covered by most insurers:
- Education about Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 in group classes or individually.
- Education for women diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.
- Medical nutrition therapy.
Support groups for persons with diabetes or living with someone with diabetes:
Dover-Foxcroft, third Monday of the month, 1-2 p.m. in the library at Mayo Regional Hospital;
Dexter, second Thursday of the month, 3-4 p.m. at Dexter Health Care.