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Diabetic Education

About Our Diabetes Program

Our program is accredited through the American Association of Diabetes Educators. We offer an individualized program to meet your needs.

For more information, call  (330) 674-1584 extension 1023

Class Content


Our Program Education Includes:
Team Approach

The Diabetes Education and Self-Management Program’s team combines the patient, family, physician, registered nurse, and dietitian.

Together, this team helps the patient learn how to take care of himself/herself with up-to-date information about diabetes. The education department focuses on the AADE7 Self Care Behaviors, which include: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medications, problem solving, healthy coping, and reducing risks.

Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) condition. Without treatment, it can result in serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in people with diabetes, but you can learn to manage diabetes and live a healthier life.

Facts About Diabetes

Glucose and Diabetes

Individuals with a higher than normal blood glucose level but do not yet meet criteria to be diagnosed with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing diabetes, a term described as pre-diabetes. There are four testing options to diagnose diabetes:

  1. Acute symptoms plus glucose over 200 mg/dL on two occasions
  2. Fasting glucose greater than 126mg/dL
  3. Oral glucose tolerance test over 200 mg/dL
  4. A1C over 6.5%

Did You Know…

Diabetes is ranked as the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. One in three persons born today will develop diabetes during their lifetime. Diabetes is a major public health concern.

Type 2 Diabetes can be delayed or prevented by implementing lifestyle changes to include: weight loss, dveloping an exercise program, and in some instances, medications. Progression of pre-diabetes to diabetes may be reduced by following these same lifestyle changes.

            

RISK FACTORS FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES

Heredity

Obesity

Physical Inactivity

Over the age of 40

History of high blood pressure

Have had a baby over 9 pounds

Have had gestational diabetes

  

Exercise and Diet

               

Focus on nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy, rather than high fat goods such as ice cream, donuts, chips, and cream based sauces.

Physical activity and exercise are important in both the prevention and treatment of diabetes. The goal is to engage in 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity physical activity, such as walking or cycling.


       
               

SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES ARE:

Excessive thirst and hunger

Frequent urination

Blurred vision

Fatigue / lack of energy

Headaches

Mood changes

Weight loss

Sores that don’t heal

                 

When you have diabetes, your body can't properly use and store glucose (sugar) which results in a build-up of too much sugar or glucose. As a results, the glucose level in your blood becomes too high. Over time, high blood glucose causes health problems. Anyone can develop diabetes....however, having any of the listed risk factors places you at an even higher risk.

Your healthcare team may be experts on diabetes, but you are the expert on you. No one else can manage your glucose for you. Control depends on you. What you do every day determines what your blood sugar level will be. Working closely with your healthcare team to manage your diabetes can lessen your risks of long term complications from diabetes, Remember, as your life changes, your plan will need to change too. Anytime your plan isn’t working, it may be time for a change in plan.

Most insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid, will assist you in the cost of diabetes education. Talk to your healthcare provider if you feel you need help in managing your diabetes.

 

 

       

       

Main Campus

981 Wooster Road
Millersburg, Ohio 44654
(330) 674-1015

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