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Diabetes Services

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.

Learn about diabetes prevention our Diabetes Prevention Program.

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; 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.

Diabetes quiz

What's one of the biggest health threats facing the U.S. today? Find out and get the facts with this quiz.

reviewed 4/3/2020

Diabetes: Myth or fact?

More than 30 million people in American have diabetes. And with 1.5 million people newly diagnosed with the disease each year, it's important for everyone to know the facts.

Myth or fact: Diabetes affects only adults.

Myth. There are only two main types of diabetes. Type 1 usually develops during childhood, though adults can get it too. Type 2 is often seen in people who are overweight. It typically affects adults, but children can also develop it.

Myth or fact: You may have diabetes and not realize it.

Fact. Symptoms of diabetes may include frequent urination, tiredness, excessive thirst, blurry eyesight and unintended weight loss. But some people with diabetes may not have symptoms—or their symptoms may be so mild they go unnoticed—which is why it's important to get screened.

Myth or fact: You can take steps to lower your risk of diabetes.

Fact. You can't prevent type 1 diabetes. But you can take steps to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. Losing weight if you're overweight and being physically active are key. Ask your doctor if you are at risk—and what you can do about it.

Myth or fact. Diabetes increases your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Fact. People who have diabetes are at least twice as likely as those who don't to have heart disease or a stroke. It's essential to work with your doctor to monitor your risk of heart attack, stroke and other diabetes-related complications.

Myth or fact: If you have diabetes, you cannot eat sweets.

Myth. Most foods can have a place in the diets of people with diabetes. But it's important to be smart about food choices and know how they fit within your diabetes management plan. Keep portion sizes small, and make sure your overall diet is healthy.

Myth or fact: All people with diabetes must take insulin.

Myth. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin. But those with type 2 may be able to control their blood sugar levels with healthy eating and exercise—although medication and insulin may be needed later on.

Find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes and if you should be screened. Your doctor can help you take steps to reduce your risk or, if you do have it, manage the disease and avoid complications.

Discover your diabetes risk

Sources: American Diabetes Association; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases