Mercy Outpatient Diabetes Education
If you are one of the more than 29 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.
Mercy Outpatient Diabetes Education can equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to take charge of diabetes. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, Mercy Diabetes Education program offers individual instruction, group classes and support groups that focus on prevention and long-term diabetes management. Whether you have insulin-dependent Type 1, the more common Type 2, or pregnancy-induced gestational diabetes, we 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 we offer individual instruction with a diabetes educator 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 + medications – 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 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.
Diabetes educator and dietician appointments are held at Mercy Medical Center inside Mercy Hall.
Mercy Outpatient Diabetes Education also offers day and evening group classes held at Mercy Medical Center (Mercy Hall). Conducted by a certified diabetes educator, dietitian and an exercise physiologist, each class consists of three, 2 hour sessions, for a total of six 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