Diabetes Education

Living Well and Feeling Well – A diabetes self-management educational service

Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. Poorly controlled diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness, end-stage renal disease and non-traumatic lower-limb amputations. It also doubles the risk of stroke and heart disease. People with diabetes are also at increased risk for neurological symptoms, cardiovascular disease and other complications.

How can diabetic complications be reduced?Candis Albrecht, RN, diabetes self-management education coordinator at Perry Memorial Hospital.

Perry is committed to improving diabetes care and outcomes through education. The Living Well and Feeling Well program offers preventative health education to help to self-manage, empower and understand one’s disease. A doctor's referral is needed for self-management education. Knowledge is the key to empowerment for change. Self-management education will challenge you to set goals and become motivated to create a healthy diet and lifestyle. The result will be your ability to gain control of your diabetes. Remember you are not alone; Perry is committed to helping you develop new ways of dealing with the day-to-day challenges. 

Perry Memorial Hospital is proud to be an American Diabetes Association accredited provider.  Perry has the only ADA-accredited diabetes education program within a 30 mile radius.

The DSME program at Perry Memorial Hospital is accredited by the American Diabetes Association.

What topics are covered in the self-management education?

  • The facts and fiction of Diabetes

  • Goal setting and lifestyle planning

  • The importance of physical activity

  • Medications and self-monitoring your glucose

  • Health coping with chronic disease and resources to assist with this

  • Understanding the long- and short-term consequences of poorly-controlled diabetes

Want to learn more about how to self-manage your diabetes?

Contact your primary care provider and ask for a referral to Diabetes Self-Management Education.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is defined as a condition that raises the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Take this online quiz: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/prediabetes.html

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes or sugar diabetes.

Take this online quiz: http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-1-child-16/rm-quiz-type1-diabetes

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough, or to properly use, insulin. This is a non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes.

Take this online quiz: http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/

What is gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a form of glucose intolerance diagnosed during pregnancy.

Take this online quiz: http://study.com/academy/practice/quiz-worksheet-gestational-diabetes.html

What foot problems can diabetics face?

The nerves of the feet are often affected by neuropathy or blood vessel diseases. When a diabetes patient loses sensation in the feet, sores or injuries may go unnoticed until ulcers develop.

What kidney problems can diabetics face?

Diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease) is the deterioration of the kidneys. The final stage of nephropathy is called end-stage renal disease, or ESRD.

What nerve problems can diabetics face?

Diabetic neuropathy, a nerve disorder, is a complication of diabetes that can lead to problems throughout the body.

What eye problems can diabetics face?

Diabetic retinopathy, diabetic eye disease and other eye problems refer to a group of eye problems that may occur in people with diabetes.