Diabetes is a disease that affects 7.8 percent of Americans ─ approximately 24 million people. Having diabetes makes it difficult for your body to convert food into energy. This results in higher levels of sugar (glucose) in your bloodstream. Over time, high blood sugar levels can lead to complications of diabetes including damage to blood vessels, nerves, eyes, kidneys and other organs in your body. There is no cure for diabetes, however, taking control of your diabetes can help you feel better and be more active.
Our Diabetes Education Center offers several classes that can help you control your diabetes. All classes are taught by a registered nurse and registered dietitian, who are certified diabetes educators.
Our program has been awarded Recognition by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Patient Education Programs.
We offer the following classes:
- Weekly gestational diabetes classes
- Weekly individualized insulin instruction and one-on-one sessions for more detailed instruction
- Monthly group educational classes offered Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings
- Quarterly refresher classes that review aspects of diabetes self-management
- An overview of diabetes with individualized meal plans and how to monitor your own blood glucose
- Diabetes medications, how to read food labels, and the benefits of exercise and weight management
- Acute and chronic diabetes complications; skin, dental and foot care; cardiac complications; and the “Healthy Heart Diet”
- Lifestyle changes, goal setting, stress management and coping, eating out, and traveling with diabetes
SchedulingTalk with your physician about your need for diabetes education. Once your physician agrees that diabetes education will help you to gain better control over your disease, you or your physician can call and schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, call our Diabetes Education Center at 904-639-2545.
Leave your name, daytime phone number, and your physician’s name on the voice mail. Your physician can also fax your information along with a prescription for diabetes education to: 904-639-2647.
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