Diabetes Education Services
UnityPoint Diabetes Education has been caring for eastern Iowans with diabetes since 1979. Education was provided first at St Luke's Hospital and now at UnityPoint Diabetes and Kidney Center. Over time diabetes treatment has changed, but our goal has stayed the same. We want people who live with diabetes to have a healthy and productive life.
We use a team-based approach to diabetes education and management. Our Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCES) work with each person's endocrinologist or primary care physician to facilitate the common goal of successful diabetes management. Our team offers information, instruction, and support through educational programs. We help each person fit diabetes management into their own unique needs and lifestyle. While diabetes cannot be cured, it can be effectively managed by learning important skills.
Our program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and certified by the state of Iowa.
Pre-diabetes means blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Research show that lifestyle changes may delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. Information provided focuses on the important changes to eating habits and physical activity that are most beneficial. Commonly asked questions are addressed.
Foundations for Diabetes
Education is available for individuals with diabetes who are newly diagnosed or have not had prior education or those wanting a complete update on diabetes. Included is the most current information on diabetes, what is happening in the body, and diabetes medications. Also included is assistance in making changes to eating habits, physical activity, and lifestyle to improve blood sugar.
Insulin, Insulin Adjustments, and Other Injectable Diabetes Medications
Whether the person is newly diagnosed or has been living with diabetes for a long time, the education is tailored to the person's individual needs. Comprehensive education is provided to assist people with incorporating these medications with eating habits and physical activity to meet blood sugar goals.
Personalized education designed to review and update diabetes self-management skills on a yearly basis.
Insulin Pump Consultation and Initiation
Education is provided for those persons who are starting to use an insulin pump, who already have a pump but require a pump upgrade or just want to update their skills.
Diabetes and Pregnancy
A program for women focusing on proper nutrition and monitoring to support safe pregnancies and healthy babies.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)
Education is provided in starting and using a personal continuous glucose monitor. The person wearing the device receives glucose information 24-hour a day 7 days a week. We show people how to look at the glucose trends and to use the information to make changes in medication and/or lifestyle to improve blood glucose control.
Device and Technology Class
Hands-on informational session covering the benefits and drawbacks of individual insulin pumps, other insulin delivery devices and continuous glucose monitoring devices.