How to Prepare for your Infusion
What to expect when visiting the Diabetes Center of Brunswick.
Before You Come
Target Glucose: 150 or higher
Eat a healthy, balanced breakfast before you arrive.
Take all medications as prescribed, EXCEPT take only 1/2 your normal dose of insulin.
Hold all oral diabetic medications and insulin the day of treatment.
Eat a healthy, balanced meal before you arrive.
The night before, take all medications as prescribed.
Take 1/2 your insulin dose on the morning of your treatment.
Take all other medications as prescribed.
Insulin Pump Users
Turn pump off two hours before treatment.
Do NOT eat breakfast if you have a morning treatment.
Turn pump back on immediately after treatment is complete.
What to Eat Before You Come
Prior to a PIR infusion, it is advised to eat higher-protein meals/snacks. If a high amount of carbohydrates is consumed prior to treatment, blood glucose levels will affect the infusion. Consuming foods/snacks higher in protein will not cause extreme spikes in blood glucose levels.
- Jerky (meat that has fat trimmed) typically 9g of protein per oz.
- Trail mix, combination of dried fruit and nuts
- Turkey (deli meat) roll ups, add low fat cheese & vegetables
- Greek yogurt parfait
- Vegetables and Greek yogurt dip (add ranch powder)
- Hard-boiled egg
- Cheese and nuts
- Tuna salad
- Peanut butter and celery sticks or apple slices
- Roasted chickpeas or hummus with vegetables
- Cottage cheese with fruit and nuts
- Protein shake with skim milk
- Protein bars
- Chobani vanilla Greek yogurt: 16 g of carbs & 14g of protein per 3/4 cup serving
- Greek yogurt has a higher protein content compared to traditional yogurt due to the straining process
- 1 large egg: 6g of protein
- Idea: egg scramble with black beans, avocado, lime, and pico de gallo.
- Whole grain English muffins: 23g of carbs & 5g of protein
- add eggs and cheese for extra protein
- Cottage cheese: 5g of carbs & 12g of protein
- Breakfast burrito/tacos: eggs, beans, chorizo, cheese, avocado
- Egg sandwich with English muffin: eggs, cheese, turkey bacon or chicken sausage (these are lower in sodium and fat)
- Sausage egg casserole: sausage, onion, bell peppers, cheese, milk, eggs
- Egg bites/cups: add greens (spinach), tomato, bacon, cheese, eggs, and milk
- Protein bites: peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, can add protein powder
- Tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad with toast or crackers
- Quesadilla, taco, burrito
- Use a lower carb tortillas, add meat, beans, and cheese
- Chicken Fried Rice
- Add egg to add extra protein, follow the serving size of rice
- Wrap with deli meat
- Chili with meat/chicken and beans
- Rice bowl with vegetables, eggs, chicken/meat, garbanzo beans
- Meat and non-starchy vegetables
Approved Fast Food
- Egg McMuffin
- Sausage McMuffin w/ egg
- Sausage burrito
- Ask for the burgers or chicken sandwich without a bun
- Chicken nuggets
- Loaded breakfast burrito
- Ask for burgers without a bun
- Limit chicken tenders, the breading contains carbohydrates
- Cheesy toasted burrito bacon
- Cheesy toasted breakfast burrito
- Ask for “Fresco Style”
- Remove mayo-based sauces, cheese, sour-cream to reduce fat content, add freshly diced tomatoes
- Add beans to meals to increase protein content
- Monitor how many carbs through how many tortillas you eat
- Egg-normous burrito
- Ask for a burger or chicken sandwich without a bun
- Wake-up wrap
- Turkey sausage, egg and cheese on English muffin
- Egg and cheese on English muffin
- Breakfast burrito
- Egg white grill
- Bacon/sausage, egg & cheese muffin
- Greek yogurt parfait
- Grilled or fried chicken sandwich
- Grilled or fried nuggets/tenders
- Greek yogurt parfait
Rule of Thumb
Opt for no bun and grilled protein (when available). Avoid mayo-based and creamy sauces. You can find nutrition facts for fast food menus on their website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take my insurance?
We work with most insurance plans and, of course, Medicare. However, if we are not in-network on your plan, our insurance experts will assist you in determining coverage for your services. When we get your insurance information, we can review your policy and better answer the question.
What’s the first step?
The first step is to come in for a consultation so we can review your specific situation and physical condition and help you understand how the treatment can help you individually.
What does the consultation consist of?
You will meet with a member of our medical staff who will review your medical history and physical condition and explain the treatment in more depth. This consultation is very important in creating your customized care plan. Typical consultations take 30 to 60 minutes. You may be asked to come prepared for blood work if your latest blood work is not up to date.
How often will I be taking treatments?
Everyone is different, so we rely on your individual and personalized care plan. At your consultation, our medical staff will determine your care plan and course of treatment. Care plans range from one three-hour weekly infusions to one two-hour infusion every six weeks.
Do I Need To Talk To My Doctor First?
We do not require a referral or approval from your doctor; however please note that we are not a replacement for your doctor. Instead, we prefer to work with your doctor to co-manage your individualized care plan including treatment, testing, and clinical results.
Because this is a relatively new modality and most doctors use insulin as a drug versus a hormone, your doctor may or may not be fully aware of this patented treatment protocol. We would be more than happy to schedule a peer-to-peer review at your doctor’s convenience with our medical director. Please feel free to have your doctor review this information and contact us with any questions.
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