Diabetes Services

According to the CDC

  • More than 96 million, that’s how many American adults have prediabetes. Eighty percent of them don’t know they have it.
  • Statistics like these are a little hard to wrap your head around. You might be 1 in 96 million. What does that even mean?
  • That same fact put another way: “more than 1 in 3 US adults.” It could be you, your favorite brother, or your other brother who has prediabetes. You, your boss, your boss’s boss. When you can see yourself and the people you know in the stats, you get it in a whole new way.


Types of Diabetes

Type 1 – diabetes is usually diagnosed before age 40. With type 1 diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin. Therefore, insulin therapy is necessary along with good nutrition and exercise to control blood glucose.

Type 2 – diabetes is typically diagnosed in adults. It is being diagnosed in younger individuals than previously and even in children. The pancreas still makes insulin, but the body doesn’t use it properly. Type 2- diabetes can be controlled by good nutrition and physical activity alone, or may include oral medications and/or insulin therapy.

Gestational – diabetes occurs during pregnancy and can be controlled with meal planning, exercise, and/or insulin therapy. Other types of diabetes, such as those caused by medications or other illnesses, can also be controlled with healthy eating, exercise, and medications.

Do you need help managing your diabetes?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your diabetes in control?
  • Are your blood sugars in the recommended target ranges?
  • Do you know what to eat and the size of portions you need to achieve optimal weight and blood sugar control?
  • Do you have enough energy throughout your day?

If your answer to any of these questions is “no” and you are a diabetic or pre-diabetic, ask your provider about attending our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.

Click Here to take a Diabetes Assessment quiz.

What is the Diabetes Self-Management Education program?

A Diabetes Self-Management Education is an individualized program to meet the needs of the person living with diabetes. Information is confidential and discussed only in a private appointment. Click here to read more about Diabetes self management… 

Individualized Program

Our comprehensive diabetes education program begins with a one-one consultation with our credentialed educators. Anyone interested may self-refer initially and your physician’s referral will be obtained.

Why should you attend the Diabetes Self-Management Education program?

A Joint Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that the four critical times for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support are following diagnosis, annually, if new complication factors influence self-management and when transition in care occurs.  Research has been shown that self-management education at these critical times can reduce A1C’s (average blood glucose level) significantly.

Is the Diabetes Self-Management Education program covered by Medicare and insurance?

Medicare beneficiaries with Part B have a DSME benefit for insurance coverage. Medicare Part B allows up to 10 hours for initial DSME and two hours of follow-up per year. Insurance is accepted.

What is a diabetes educator?

A diabetes educator is a healthcare professional who focuses on helping people with and at risk for diabetes and related conditions change their behavior to improve their health. They apply in-depth knowledge and skills to educate and empower patients. They are the key to your diabetes healthcare team and their services are eligible for third-party reimbursement.

Why should diabetics attend a diabetes self-management education program?

You will enhance your health by learning to manage your diabetes effectively. Studies show that individuals are better prepared for daily diabetes decision-making when they are fully informed about diabetes self-management education programs. (Source: American Association of Diabetes Educators)

Program highlights:

  • Diabetes Overview – managing blood glucose to live well with diabetes
  • Nutrition guidelines and individual meal plans
  • Physical activity recommendations and safety precautions
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose and meter training- tips for optimal accuracy
  • Sick days – managing safely at home and when to call your healthcare provider
  • Medications – use and safe medication practices
  • Problem-solving and coping with stress
  • Strategies to prevent or delay complications or slow progression
  • Individual goal setting with resource support

What professionals staff the DSME program?

The staff includes a registered nurse, certified diabetes educator, registered dietitian, and registered pharmacist

Additional diabetes resources available

Insulin pump therapy education and follow-up support
Training and support for Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)

Where are you located?

Memorial Hospital
1454 N. County Road 2050
Carthage, IL 62321

Call: 217-357-6540

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