Embracing Life with Diabetes - Creating a Treatment Plan That's Right for You
For many people, diabetes can be a stressful and challenging disease to manage. People with diabetes have to pay attention to their health to avoid diabetes-related complications. Feelings of frustration, helplessness and even anger are common emotions experienced by those with diabetes. Research shows that people who participate in diabetes self-management training gain the knowledge and skills needed to make appropriate choices and improve their ability to control their diabetes.
Diabetes educators understand that successful diabetes management is a team effort, and YOU are an important member of that team! Our team of health care professionals includes registered nurses and registered dietitians, many who have earned their Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential (CDE is a nationally recognized credential in diabetes education).
Your first Ministry Diabetes Services appointment will include an evaluation of what you know about diabetes and what you need to learn to manage diabetes. You and your diabetes educators will work together to design a plan of care to meet your specific needs. During your series of training sessions, you will gain the skills that give you the freedom and flexibility to make decisions about the day-to-day management of your diabetes. Our ADA recognized Diabetes education program training takes place in individual and/or group sessions.
Many people find family involvement and support helpful in managing their diabetes. Family members are encouraged to attend and participate in your training sessions so that you and your family will have the tools necessary to live a healthy life.
Sessions include information on:
- Overview of diabetes and the latest concepts and technology in diabetes care
- Nutritional management
- Physical activity
- Blood glucose monitoring, record keeping and pattern identification
- Diabetes medications
- Prevention and treatment of high and low blood glucose (sugar)
- Control of blood glucose (sugar) during illness
- Risk reduction and prevention of diabetes complications
- Stress management
- Setting goals and making healthy behavior changes
Depending on the specific Ministry Diabetes Service location, program services available may also include medication management, pediatric care, care of diabetes during pregnancy, insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring systems and community education and health fairs.
To make the most of your diabetes care visits, bring the following items to your appointments:
- Home blood glucose meter and logbook (if you have one)
- Glasses (if you have any)
- List of the medications you are taking, including the dosages and times you take them
- If you take insulin, bring your insulin and syringes/pens
- If someone else is responsible for food shopping or food preparation, be sure to bring them to the appointment with the diabetes Registered Dietitian (RD)
- A family member or friend is welcome
You are encouraged to speak with your primary care provider to obtain a referral for outpatient diabetes education. Fees are determined by the length of each individual program. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance usually cover diabetes program fees if a physician orders the services. We encourage you to call your insurance provider to verify coverage for diabetes education appointments.
Creating a Treatment Plan That’s Right for You
Our Ministry Diabetes Services team members realize that diabetes is a very personal disease. By getting to know you as an individual, we will work with you to create a self-management plan that meets your needs. This plan will incorporate your daily activities, family demands, eating habits, health problems and school/work schedules.