Diabetes Treatment Program
The Diabetes Treatment Program helps clients manage their diabetes with outpatient education and counseling. The program is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for achieving and maintaining ADA recommended standards of care for diabetes education.
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1, which is generally diagnosed at an early age and requires insulin injections because the body does not produce any insulin at all, and Type 2, in which the pancreas produces insulin, but the amount is insufficient or not processed appropriately. Both types are serious and must be controlled to prevent complications associated with long-term elevated blood sugar levels, such as blindness, kidney disease, nerve disease and amputations, heart disease and stroke. Gestational diabetes may be diagnosed during pregnancy, and can lead to uncontrolled blood sugars which may be harmful to the developing baby. While diabetes is a chronic disease, the risk of serious complications can be minimized if the disease is controlled properly. The most important tools in controlling diabetes include communication with a physician and quarterly physician visits if blood sugar levels remain elevated, consistent use of a blood sugar meter, effective exercise and meal planning, appropriate medications and stress reduction techniques.
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Who may participate
The Diabetes Treatment Program is open to persons of any age who have been diagnosed with diabetes. A recent hospitalization at Memorial Medical Center or a physician referral is required to join the program.
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- Physician-directed care: The Diabetes Treatment staff works under the direction of each participant's physician.
- Experienced and qualified staff: Each member of the clinical staff has been certified by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
- Blood sugar management and monitoring: The staff instructs clients on monitoring their blood sugar levels to better control possible complications of diabetes.
- Insulin and oral medications: The staff educates clients about their diabetes medications and managing their insulin regimens.
- Insulin pump initiation and support: The staff provides clients with individual instruction for using this innovative diabetes management technology.
- Nutrition counseling and meal planning: A registered dietitian assists patients in meal preparation, including shopping and reading labels. Each client receives an individualized meal plan, plus instruction for appropriate meal choices.
- Pediatric and adolescent care: The staff continuously updates its knowledge of the special needs and treatment for young clients diagnosed with diabetes and provides inpatient education for young patients and their families.
- Diabetes management during pregnancy: The Diabetes Treatment Program provides valuable information and education for pregnant women who have been diagnosed with diabetes.
- Support group: Clients are invited to participate in a support group where they can share their experiences with others who have the same diagnosis.
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Know the symptoms
Symptoms of diabetes may include:
- Frequent urination
- Cuts that are slow to heal
- Recurring vaginal infections
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss
Some people who have diabetes experience no symptoms. Discuss your risk of developing diabetes with your physician. Even if you're not at high risk, all persons over age 40 should get an annual blood sugar test to screen for diabetes.
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