If you have diabetes, a local registered dietitian (RD) can be a valuable asset to your healthcare team. A local registered dietitian has completed specialized education and training in nutritional fields such as pediatric nutrition, senior nutrition and sports nutrition. A local registered dietitian often works with patients who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, helping them manage blood glucose levels through nutrition, learn more about supplements, probiotics and digestive health and understand how proper nutrition may allow some patients to reduce or eliminate type 2 diabetes medications. If you have diabetes, eating a low-glycemic index diet is essential, and a local registered dietitian can work with you ro use this index as a guide. A local registered dietitian can also help patients prevent diabetes-related complications such as diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy and diabetic foot conditions and fuel the body for diabetes exercise. Your local registered dietitian may work with your other health care providers such as your local ophthalmologist, endocrinologist, kinesiologist and pharmacist to create a healthy diabetes management plan.