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.
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;
- Meal planning;
- Medications, including insulin;
- Preventing and managing complications;
- Foot care; and
- Dental care.
Call 541-274-2633 to learn more about the next available dates and times.
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.
Cal Sky Lakes Diabetes Services, 541-274-2633, to learn more.
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 to manage gestational diabetes. Education topics may include:
- Target blood glucose ranges;
- Glucose monitoring;
- Medications; and
- Nutrition counseling.
Call Sky Lakes Diabetes Services, 541-274-2633 for details.