As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) for over a decade, Ilene specializes in providing nutritional counseling and diabetes education. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and corporations providing individual and group diabetes education classes in English and Spanish. Ilene has worked with many different populations, including adults and children with Type 1 Diabetes as an Insulin pump trainer, adults with Type 2 Diabetes in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, women with Gestational Diabetes in a Women’s Health Clinic, and children and teens with diabetes and pre-diabetes in school based health clinics.
According to the most recent 2011 data from the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million people, or 8.5 % of the U.S. population have diabetes. Through meal planning, physical activity and lifestyle modifications, people with diabetes can live healthy lives.
"Awareness is key to successfully managing your diabetes. When you have the opportunity to receive education and then apply the tools, you can start to see your own progress. From there you can experience the benefits and what it feels like to be healthier, which is really motivating.”~ Ilene Cohen, MS, RDN,CDE
Along with insulin therapy, nutrition plays a large role in staying healthy with diabetes. Ilene will teach you about the foods that contain carbohydrates and amounts of carbohydrates in foods (known as carbohydrate counting). Through working with Ilene, you can learn to match the food you eat with insulin you may take to keep blood sugar levels in control. Ilene will use her nutrition and diabetes expertise to help identify patterns in your lifestyle, diet, and physical activity, which all play a role in your blood sugar levels. As a certified insulin pump trainer, Ilene is able to provide expert assistance to patients on insulin pump therapy.
Being overweight is a major cause of Type 2 diabetes. Studies show that weight loss of 5-10 % of body weight (this would be equal to 10-20 lb for a 200 pound body) can significantly improve diabetes control and prevention of long-term complications. Ilene will help you to help identify patterns in your diet and lifestyle, like physical activity and how you manage stress, so you can make changes to stay healthy.
Although having gestational diabetes can increase your risk of getting diabetes later in life, Ilene will support you by showing you how meal planning and physical activity can reduce your risk. Nutrition therapy is key to successful treatment of gestational diabetes. Working with Ilene is an opportunity to learn about healthy blood glucose targets, how different foods affect your blood glucose levels, and the best choices and amounts to eat at different times during the day to keep your blood glucose levels within target range.
According to the most recent data, 79 million people in the United States have Prediabetes. Fortunately, proper treatment of pre-diabetes with nutrition, physical activity and weight management, can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Ilene has the knowledge, skills and expertise to help you in all these areas.
Recognizing that there’s more to managing diabetes than diet, Ilene uses her training as a yoga instructor to bring awareness about the benefits of yoga to people with diabetes. Some of these benefits include strength, focus and stress reduction, which can help to balance blood sugar levels while providing an enjoyable form of physical activity. After your dietary concerns are addressed, combo sessions are available that include follow up nutrition and private yoga or restorative yoga.
Ilene will work closely with you to develop customized goals and an action plan. Aside from meeting at her office location in New York City, Ilene is also available for home visits in Manhattan on a case-by case basis.