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Diabetes Program Services

Individual Counseling:

All Diabetes patients receive a one hour initial individual comprehensive assessment and plan development session.  Individual sessions available for all educational needs. Individual sessions are utilized for yearly follow-up or tune-up sessions.

Group Classes:

Available for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients or type 2 diabetes patients who have been previously diagnosed but have never received comprehensive education in the past. Held every other month at both sites in four, 2 hour sessions. Family or friends are welcome to attend.

Through our counseling, we provide:

  • Initial education or follow-up/tune up education
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Assessment: Incorporates the individual person, all health issues, medications, current lifestyle, and health beliefs. Works in conjunction with your physician and your medical treatment plan
  • Communication with your doctor
  • Patient and educator-developed education plan
  • Patient and educator-developed goal plan
  • Behavior change strategies and planning

Counseling covers a wide range of topics:

Understanding My Diabetes Diagnosis

Meal Planning

  • Blood Sugar control/ Consistent Carbohydrate diet and advanced Carbohydrate Counting
  • Healthy Eating guidelines
  • Weight loss plans
  • Cholesterol Control/Heart Healthy

Monitoring of Blood Glucose

  • Meter selection (free glucose meter) and instruction on use for finger and arm testing
  • Blood Sugar pattern instruction

Physical Activity

  • For controlling blood sugar
  • For weight loss
  • Prevention of low blood sugars

Prevention and management of short term and long term complications

  • Health screening requirements and schedules
  • Blood work targets
  • Blood Pressure targets
  • Foot Care

Medications in Diabetes

  • Glucose control
  • Complication Prevention

Administration of injectable medications

  • Insulin
  • Byetta

Stress and Depression

Insulin Pump Therapy

Our Services Also Include:

  • Comprehensive Diabetes Assessment by a specially trained in Diabetes Registered Nurse and Registered Dietician
  • Personalized recommendations for diet Is carbohydrate counting right for you and how many carbohydrates do you need, are cutting portions enough for you, do you need to change the types of foods you it.  One size does not always fit all so meeting your individual needs is important
  • Personalized exercise recommendations
  • Obtain better understanding as to why your blood glucose is uncontrolled
  • Recommendations to your MD for changes in treatment plan based on your personal goals and needs 
  • Recommendations to your MD when you and the educator have determined the lifestyle changes have been maximized and medication assistance is needed.
  • Downloading of insulin pumps and blood glucose meters.
  • Blood Glucose Pattern Management/What do those numbers mean? (why does it go high and low, what works and what isn’t working)
  • Weekly review of blood sugars and assistance adjusting medication doses under guidance of your physician

 



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