Individual Instruction, Group Classes & Support Groups
If you are one of the more than 20 million Americans with diabetes, then you probably know this chronic condition can increase your risk for developing serious complications, including heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, and kidney and nervous system diseases. However, proper diabetes management can delay or even prevent the onset of complications, allowing you to live a healthy, productive life.
Outpatient Diabetes Education at Mercy Medical Center can equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to take charge of diabetes. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, Mercy’s Outpatient Diabetes Education program offers individual instruction, group classes and support groups that focus on prevention and long-term diabetes supervision. Whether you have insulin-dependent Type 1, the more common Type 2, or pregnancy-induced gestational diabetes, Outpatient Diabetes Education can show you how to make positive lifestyle changes that will benefit your health now and in the future.
Diabetes can affect people in different ways, depending on physical make-up, general health and personal habits. That’s why Outpatient Diabetes Education offers individual instruction with registered nurses and dietitians that are certified diabetes educators and qualified to explain the latest techniques in disease management. Even if you’ve had diabetes for years, Mercy diabetes educators may be able to suggest changes that allow greater freedom in your lifestyle.
Insulin administration – Learn when and how to self-administer your insulin or take oral medications.
Self blood glucose monitoring – Become familiar with daily monitoring methods and the symptoms of high and low blood sugar. Meters are available on consignment for those that qualify.
Meal planning – No more “special” foods! Discover the advantages of a balanced diet and how to incorporate the foods you enjoy.
Gestational diabetes education – Find out how to protect and care for yourself and your baby during pregnancy. A meter program is available, if necessary.
Nurse and dietitian appointments are held at Mercy Medical Center.
Outpatient Diabetes Education also offers day and evening group classes that are held in the basement of Mercy Medical Center. Conducted by a registered nurse and dietitian – certified diabetes educators – and an exercise physiologist, each class consists of two 2.5-hour sessions, for a total of five hours of instruction.
Classes Include a Detailed Overview of:
- The diabetes disease process.
- Hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
- Self blood glucose monitoring.
- Acute and chronic complications.
- Eye, foot, skin and dental care.
- Sick days.
- Stress management, goal setting and behavioral changes.
- Meal planning, grocery shopping and restaurant dining.
- Physical activity, including the benefits, risks and guidelines
for a safe fitness program.
If you or your child has diabetes, interacting with others who face similar issues provides reassurance and encouragement. Mercy Outpatient Diabetes Education provides the following diabetes support groups:
In cooperation with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kids Involved with Diabetes Support (KIDS) offers a topic of interest, networking and socialization, and hands-on activities for diabetic children under 18 and their families.
Adult Diabetes Support Group
Adults with diabetes meet every other month except during the summer to network and listen to physicians, dietitians and other speakers discuss diabetes-related issues. The support groups are free but reservations are required. To register, call (330) 489-1333 or (800) 223-8662.
Diabetes: The Growing Epidemic
Statistics show diabetes has become one of America’s most pervasive and costly diseases.
- Today over 20 million Americans have diabetes.
- Between 1990 and 2001, the prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. increased by more than 60 percent and continues to grow by 8 percent each year.
- It is estimated that 6.2 million more people are undiagnosed and therefore untreated.
- Diabetes is the single most widespread chronic illness among children. One out of every three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. The odds for minority children are one out of every two.
- Fifty-seven million Americans have pre-diabetes, meaning their blood glucose levels are higher than normal and have a higher risk for developing diabetes.
- One out of every 10 health care dollars, or $174 billion, is spent on diabetes and its complications.
Yet many of the ravages and expenses of diabetes can be reduced by increasing awareness and prevention. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, it’s time to take charge of your health.
To find out more about Outpatient Diabetes Education at Mercy, call (330) 489-1484.
To schedule individual instruction or register for a class, call
Mercy Central Scheduling at (330) 489-1300. A physician’s order is required for enrollment.