People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as anyone else. Nutrition, exercise, and medications (insulin or oral diabetes medications) are all important for good diabetes control. Keeping your blood-sugar level as close to normal (non-diabetic level) as possible, eating healthy foods in the right amounts, and keeping weight under control, can all play a role in diabetes management.
Whether you've just been diagnosed as a diabetic or need a refresher course, DeKalb Health’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program (DSMEP) can help you understand not only the essentials, but also what you need to do every day to stay healthy. Our diabetes management team of medical professionals includes a registered dietitian, registered nurse, certified diabetes educator, pharmacist, exercise physiologist, and a medical social worker. We work closely with your doctor to ensure you are on the right road to managing your diabetes. Our Diabetes Self-Management Program has been awarded Recognition from the American Diabetes Association. We accept most major insurance plans and are also covered by Medicare.
DeKalb Health also offers other diabetes services, including the Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS), which is available to patients with a doctor's order. A sensor is placed under the skin that continuously monitors and records glucose values every five minutes. This is typically done for up to 72 hours. The CGMS is intended for diagnostic and prescriptive use and can be helpful to identify effects of food, exercise, and insulin along with previously unrecognized hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. To find out if you're a candidate for the CGMS procedure, consult your physician.
Visit our Calendar of Events to find out more about wellness education and support groups.