DSME Program

Living Well and Feeling Well – A diabetes self-management course

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?

Perry is committed to improving diabetes care and outcomes through education. The biweekly, 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 to enroll in the self-management course. Knowledge is the key to empowerment for change. The course 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; individual and group discussions will help you to develop new ways of dealing with the day-to-day challenges. Perry offers the only course within a two-and-a-half-hour drive of Princeton, IL.

What is covered in the group sessions?

The course offers one hour of individual and nine hours of group education the initial year and two hours of group education annually.

Learn the Facts and Fictions of Diabetes

This introduction to diabetes will offer goal setting and lifestyle planning. You’ll begin to understand the need for a behavior change/and or modification to prevent complications. You’ll learn healthy eating is not just another “diet” and that eating right helps manage blood sugar levels.

Let’s Get Active

For those who “hate to exercise,” learn simple ways to stay active and how to add daily exercise into your routine.  Tips on how to keep your blood sugar levels normal, will include the first blood glucose reading and a management review. 

Medications and Monitoring

Learn all you could ever want to know about medications in 60 minutes or less! A pharmacist will focus on medication basics and answer your questions. Learn why to monitor and tips and tools to make monitoring easier.

Healthy Coping Starts with You

Discuss everyday worries associated with diabetes and learn ways to cope and use the power within you to overcome your fears. Discover healthy ways to be good to yourself.

Group Discussion and Sharing on Managing Diabetes, Helpful Tips and More!

What’s the big deal? I feel great, I am not sick! Learn firsthand the long- and short-term consequences of uncontrolled diabetes. Understand the misconceptions of the effects diabetes has on your body. You will be provided personal referrals and resources based on individual needs. Learn to manage your long-term diabetes for a healthier you!

Want to learn more about the DSME program?

Call 815-875-2811 and ask for the Diabetes Self-Education Management Coordinator.

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.