Diabetes Optimal Health Care Package

Guests with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or a strong family history of the disease receive in this package targeted attention and testing that includes:

  • Lower Arterial Ultrasound
  • Vitamin D
  • Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)
  • Urine Microalbumin
  • Daily Glucose Monitoring
  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)
  • C-Peptide
  • RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate)
  • Personal Nutrition Consultation
  • Personal Exercise Consultation
  • Additional Physician Consultation
  • Private Cooking Lesson

The Diabetes Optimal Care Package, pre-booked, is $1,150 ($1,500 value).

This package is an addition to your Pritikin Program. In other words, after you make reservations for a one-week stay or longer at Pritikin, you may enhance your stay with this Diabetes Optimal Health Care Package.

We highly recommend these state-of-the-art services to guests who have Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, or a family history of the disease because they:

  • Greatly individualize your care,
  • Provide a plan for optimal health and quality of life, and
  • Maximally reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks, heart failure, and stroke – the primary causes of early death among Type 2 diabetics.

This Package includes:

Lower Arterial Ultrasound

A lower arterial ultrasound visualizes the arteries of the lower extremities to detect whether peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is developing.

This test, also recommended by the American Diabetes Association, is important because PAD is common among people with diabetes. It is often, but not always, characterized by leg pain. Having PAD dramatically increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The results of your ultrasound can help enormously in individualizing your care. If you have PAD, your Pritikin physician will assist you in developing clinical strategies to prevent worsening of the disease, and possibly reverse it.

Additional lab tests in the Diabetes Optimal Health Care Package include:

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiencies are now being linked with a variety of health disorders, not only osteoporosis (brittle bones) but also diabetes (both Types 1 and 2), atherosclerosis, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cold and flu susceptibility, depression, and early death. With testing of blood levels of vitamin D, we can identify any deficiencies and, if needed, prescribe individualized supplement doses that will reduce the risk of diseases related to vitamin D deficiency.

Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)

Hemoglobin A1c shows what a person’s average blood glucose level was for the two to three months before the test. It can help determine how well a person’s diabetes is being controlled over time. It is also valuable in assessing the risk of diabetic eye, kidney, and nerve disease.

Urine Micoalbumin

This simple but critical urine test (separate from a basic urinalysis) is one of the best tools to assess whether a person with diabetes is at particularly high risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. Repeat testing following major lifestyle changes and/or medication changes can help determine the improved internal health of blood vessels.

Daily Glucose Monitoring

Daily glucose testing during a period of change in dietary patterns and lifestyle is necessary because the testing:
1) confirms the benefits of lifestyle modification, and
2) reduces the chances of hypoglycemia as people make the transition to better health and glucose control.

Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)

The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a simple, reliable means for diagnosing peripheral artery disease. It helps confirm the results of your Lower Arterial Ultrasound. Blood pressure measurements are taken at your arms and ankles using a noninvasive ultrasound device called a Doppler.


A C-peptide test is a dependable indicator of how much insulin your pancreas is producing. It can also help tell the difference between Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. And, if you have low blood sugar, C-peptide testing can pinpoint the cause, such as excessive use of medicine to treat diabetes.

RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate)

This study evaluates the body’s ability to metabolize foods (burn calories). It also helps identify possible alterations in lifestyle that can assist in reducing weight.

Personal Nutrition Consultation

Creating a customized dietary plan with a Pritikin registered dietitian is very beneficial for Type 2 diabetics. Not only can it help control blood glucose, it also enhances weight loss, improves lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides, and reduces the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes.

A one-on-one dietary consultation will also target those areas of “real world” eating, from restaurant dining to grocery shopping, that are most challenging for each individual. Pritikin’s dietitians have solutions for virtually every nutritional hurdle.

Personal Exercise Consultation

Daily exercise is valuable for reducing insulin resistance and “burning up” sugars before they have a chance to build up in the blood. Your consult with an exercise physiologist will help ensure that you’re making the best use of your workouts for long-term diabetes control.

Additional Physician Consultation

In addition to your visits with your assigned Pritikin physician, you will also meet with another physician at Pritikin who specializes in diabetes/heart care. It’s always good to consult with a variety of experts, especially when it comes to your health.

Private Cooking Lesson

Ah, this is fun! Your personal cooking class with one of our chefs will help you blend the foods and flavors you love with cooking techniques that will do wonders for your blood glucose and overall health.

The Diabetes Optimal Care Package, pre-booked, is $1,150 ($1,500 value).

This package is an addition to your Pritikin Program. In other words, after you make reservations for a one-week stay or longer at Pritikin, you may enhance your stay with this Diabetes Optimal Health Care Package.

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