Diabetes self management program
Did you know that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US and that 22 million people have diabetes? The sad truth is 11 million people don’t know it!
The good news is, when it comes to diabetes, knowledge really is power! The power to live life your way starts with good diabetes control. Taking control of diabetes is the key to improving your quality of life.
Keeping your blood sugar (also called blood glucose) levels in the normal range can make a big difference now and in the future. In the short run, you will feel better, stay healthy and have more energy. And in the long run you will lower your chances of having diabetes related problems such as eye disease, kidney disease and nerve damage. Ultimately, you will enjoy a better quality life.
We offer an outstanding diabetes education program that has been nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association for its excellence in patient teaching methods! Our program teaches you how to manage your diabetes with immediate results that will lower your blood sugar and help you achieve long-term results. We offer outpatient programs at both campuses of Hallmark Health: the Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, as well as other programs and services in the community.
A comprehensive approach
There are many steps you can take to control your diabetes for life. Our action plan helps get your blood sugar under control through diet and exercise and making healthy lifestyle choices. We work with our patients and their doctors to address all aspects of diabetes management, from lifestyle and emotional issues to medical treatments and long-term health concerns.
We provide a variety of treatments and services, including:
- Consultation and treatment with board-certified endocrinologists
- A nationally recognized American Diabetes Association (ADA) diabetes education program
- Instruction in nutrition, medication, insulin and insulin pump therapy
- Instruction in the 72 hour continuous glucose monitoring (CGMS) device
- Care for adult patients with either Type I, Type II, or Gestational Diabetes
The Diabetes Management Team
In addition to your primary care physician or specialist, you will work with our team of diabetes experts:
- Board-certified endocrinologists
- Certified diabetes nurse educators
- Certified diabetes dietitians
Diabetes Education for Self-Management
To learn and take control of your diabetes, the Diabetes Self Management Program includes group classes or 1:1 sessions that teaches you:
- What type of diabetes you have and how it affects you and your treatment
- Weight loss techniques and up to date methods to prevent diabetes
- Meal planning and learning about carbohydrates and their effect on you
- Weight loss strategies for both Type I and Type II
- How to test your blood sugars (or update your meter) and what do the results mean
- How to safely exercise and how much to do (with more than 25 ideas!)
- How to prevent and treat both high and low blood sugars
- How to read a food label and the “manufacturers deceptions”
- Restaurant eating issues
- How to prevent diabetes complications
- How diabetes medications work
- What to do when you are sick
- How to deal with stress of having diabetes
- General healthcare tips for feet, eyes, skin and dental care
- How to take care of yourself if you have gestational diabetes
- How to use an insulin pump
- The timing and correct use insulin