According to the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles. Our outpatient Diabetes Center is an American Diabetes Association
to take a Diabetes Assessment quiz.
The outpatient Diabetes Education Center offers a complete program for diabetes self management in 4 group sessions. Diabetes education is based upon the American Diabetes Association core curriculum. Individual meal plans are developed with each patient. Referral must come from your primary physician and all education is communicated to the physician.
The American Diabetes Association and current research show that diabetes education following diagnosis and yearly visits has been shown to significantly reduce A1C’s (blood glucose level). Medicare and most insurance pays for 10 hours of continuing education during the first year and a total of 4 hours yearly thereafter for diet and education.
Group I: What is Diabetes - how does it affect your life. The importance of physical activity and dietary modifications. Self monitoring of blood glucose levels. The importance of foot care, carbohydrate counting, and goal setting.
Group II: Blood sugar review. Diabetes and alcohol. Medications. Sick day management. Review of carbohydrate counting, exercises, and personal goals.
One on one consultation with a dietician
Group III: Heart healthy eating. Blood glucose numbers. Foot care and blood pressure review. Key points of self management. Stress balancing. Personal goals and review.
We are ADA certified and most services are covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. For information and referrals to the program, call our Diabetes Educator at (573) 629-3382.
We also offer a Diabetes Support Group the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm in Conference Room A/B at Hannibal Regional Hospital that is open to the public.
Types of Diabetes
Type I- diabetes is usually diagnosed before age 40. With type I diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin. Therefore, insulin injections must be given along with good nutrition and exercise to control it.
Type II- diabetes is typically diagnosed after age 40. The pancreas still makes insulin, but the body doesn't use it properly. Type II- diabetes can be controlled by good nutrition and physical activity alone, or including oral medications and/or insulin injections.
Gestational- diabetes may occur during pregnancy and can be controlled with meal planning, exercise, and/or insulin injections. Other types of diabetes, such as those caused by medications or other illnesses, can also be controlled with healthy eating, exercise, and medications.