UnityPoint Health - Jones Regional Medical Center

Diabetes Education

While living with diabetes may be challenging, you don't have to go it alone. We are committed to helping you live well with diabetes through education, coaching and support. 

What is diabetes education?

Diabetes education helps people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to change behavior and successfully self-manage diabetes and its related conditions. Interactive and ongoing, the goal of Diabetes Education is to help you achieve optimal health and improved or sustained quality of life.

Through our Diabetes Self-Management classes, we will work with you, your support people and your doctor to optimize your diabetes control while in our care. 

Diabetes Risk factors include:

  • Decreased activity
  • Weight gain
  • Family history of the disease
  • Age over 40 years
  • Diabetes during pregnancy

If you have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, talk with your physician about providing a referral to us to attend Diabetes Self-Management classes. You will learn skills that will keep their blood sugars in good control and ways to slow down the progression of the disease and prevent long-term complications. 

Topics covered in Diabetes Self-Management classes include:

  • What diabetes is and how it affects your body
  • How physical activity can help you control your blood sugars
  • How to monitor your blood sugars
  • How to develop a food plan that works for you

On completion of class you will continue to have the support of the team of diabetes educators and your family physician to support you so you may continue to live a healthy, productive life.

What is Pre-Diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is diagnosed when blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to diagnose diabetes. Jones Regional Medical Center offers pre-diabetes classes twice a month for those who would like to learn more about pre-diabetes. 

Topics Include:

  • What is Diabetes
  • Myths and facts about Diabetes
  • What does it mean to be diagnosed with Diabetes

Everyone is welcome, no registration necessary. For class times, please call  the Diabetic Education Staff at: (319) 481 - 6454 or (319) 481 - 6353