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Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and use insulin.

Nearly 10 percent of the nation's population has diabetes—millions of new cases are diagnosed annually in people aged 20 years and older, and it contributes to hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. In 2007, diabetes contributed to more than 231,000 deaths. The disease can also lead to several serious health complications, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy and amputation.

Education is critical to the treatment and management of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Diabetes Services at Sky Lakes Medical Center offers personalized instruction to people with diabetes and their loved ones, as well as those at risk for diabetes. This service promotes research-backed self-management practices to instill participants with the skills and confidence they need to successfully manage diabetes.

The Diabetes Services program at Sky Lakes Medical Center has been an American Diabetes Association Recognized Diabetes Education Program since 1997 and meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

Diabetes self-management classes

The program offers education in both a one-on-one or class setting. Topics may include:

  • Blood glucose monitoring.
  • Exercise.
  • Meal planning.
  • Medications, including insulin.
  • Preventing and managing complications.
  • Foot care.
  • Dental care.

Classes are two hours each and are given in a series of four sessions. Call 541.274.2633 for days and times available.

One-on-one appointments are customized to the participant. These sessions can help the newly diagnosed gain the skills needed to successfully manage their disease. They can also keep you up to date on current research and management strategies or help you through the changes in the treatment of your disease.

Medical nutrition therapy

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is nutrition treatment or therapy that has been personalized to the individual.

A registered dietitian works with you to develop a nutrition plan based on your medical history, dietary history, cultural preferences and personal goals.

Medical nutrition therapy is used to treat certain illnesses or other conditions or to prevent or delay the onset of a disease or complications of a disease such as diabetes. Managing or preventing other conditions such as heart disease, certain cancers, obesity or high blood pressure is an important part of diabetes education.

To learn more about the program, contact Sky Lakes Diabetes Services, 541.274.2633.

Gestational diabetes education

Gestational diabetes affects four percent of all pregnant women.

In order to limit complications related to gestational diabetes, expectant mothers (and their support person) meet individually with an educator on managing gestational diabetes. Education topics may include:

  • Target blood glucose ranges.
  • Glucose monitoring.
  • Medications.
  • Nutrition counseling.

To learn more about the program, contact Sky Lakes Diabetes Services, 541.274.2633.

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To learn more, contact Sky Lakes Diabetes Services, 541.274.2633.

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