Diabetes Services

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BASICS

Offered in group setting, we teach people with type 2 diabetes basic self-care skills and knowledge. 

In this program, you'll cover the following aspects of self-care:
  • Education - What diabetes is and how to successfully manage it
  • Nutrition - Good nutrition habits and how to plan meals and snacks
  • Exercise - The role of physical activity in blood glucose control
  • Monitoring - How to monitor your blood glucose levels and when to react for improvements 
  • Medication - Types of medication, their actions and potential side effects
  • Stress Management - The emotional and social impact of diabetes and the extra demands on patients and their families

The program includes three group sessions lasting three hours in length for three consecutive weeks.  Options are available from 9A-12P, 1P-4P and 6:00P-9:00P on the same day/evening each week.  Each follow-up session builds on your knowledge and skills and helps you evaluate how your treatment plan is working.  An additional one-hour individual session is also optional (daytime only).

Other services included in the BASICS

Insulin Visits

If you have type 2 diabetes and are just starting insulin, or if you've just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, this individual consultation will cover:

  • Education - What Diabetes is and how to successfully manage it
  • Medication - Insulin procedure and management
  •  Nutrition - Food's role with blood glucose and carbohydrate counting
  • Exercise - The role of physical activity and its benefit on blood glucose control
  • Monitoring - How to monitor your blood glucose levels and when to react for improvements
  • Stress Management - How to fit insulin into your life. 

This program includes three to four sessions over a 4-6 week interval to establish and evaluate your insulin regimen.  New sessions begin each week.  Phone consultations and support are provided as needed.

Gestational Diabetes or Diabetes with Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes is a kind of diabetes that occurs to women during their pregnancy.

Education is offered for women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes or for women who already have type 1 or 2 diabetes and are looking for consultation to assist them through their pregnancy.  The Diabetes Education Center offers groups or individual consultations.

  • Education - What is Gestational Diabetes
  • Medication - Eighty percent of women don't need diabetes medication, but when they do...
  • Nutrition - Food and its importance on blood glucose, which includes carbohydrate counting
  • Exercise - The role of physical activity
  • Monitoring - How to monitor your blood glucose levels
  • Stress Management - Ways to manage the emotional changes during pregnancy 

The program includes two sessions set up at two week intervals.  New sessions begin every week to accommodate recently diagnosed women.

Physician referral required for these services.