Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for years, we are here to help you every step of the way.
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Gestational Diabetes
- Weight-Loss Surgery Nutrition
- Nutrition Therapy
- Blood Sugar Monitoring
- Insulin Injections
- Insulin Pumps
- Personal Continuous Glucose Monitoring Sensor (CGMS)
- Professional Diagnostic Continuous Glucose Monitoring Sensor (CGMS)
List of Services
We offer a series of classes known as our “Core Education Classes.” When you enroll into this series you will learn how to control blood glucose with nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. You will also learn about blood sugar targets, how to check your blood sugar, diabetes medications, ways to prevent complications, and heart-healthy eating. We provide individual counseling sessions with our educators if additional help is needed.
Our educators work closely with your child, the family, and your child’s physician to educate you about healthy eating, exercise and weight management. You will learn how to fit diabetes management into your child’s lifestyle so they can lead a healthy, normal life.
You will learn to live a healthy life with diabetes by meal planning, exercising, monitoring blood sugar, managing insulin, preventing complications, and trouble-shooting your blood sugars. You will also learn about sick-day management and DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) prevention. Our educators can also help you start on an insulin pump and/or continuous blood glucose monitoring sensor.
Pre-Diabetes, sometimes referred to as “borderline diabetes,” is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Our sessions help you learn how to eat healthy, manage body weight, manage stress, and incorporate exercise into your lifestyle to help delay and potentially prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
A person with metabolic syndrome is at risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Our Registered Dietitians can teach you how to prevent these conditions with healthy eating, exercise, and weight loss.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. Our individual counseling sessions will help you learn how to control blood sugar with healthy eating and physical activity while providing appropriate nutrition to support a healthy pregnancy. You will also learn how to check your blood sugar; and if required, how to self-inject insulin to control blood sugar during pregnancy. Lastly, you will learn about post-partum care and prevention of type 2 diabetes.
If you have diabetes and are preparing to have weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, your surgeon may refer you to meet with one of our Registered Dietitians. In those sessions, you will learn to plan meals for your surgery choice and how to manage blood glucose to ensure optimal outcomes. After surgery, you may to continue to meet with one of our Registered Dietitians.
Our Registered Dietitians can help you plan meals for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight management, kidney disease, celiac disease and/or gastroparesis.
Checking blood sugar is an important part of evaluating your diabetes control. We offer both classes and individual appointments to teach you how to use a blood sugar meter. You will also learn about blood sugar targets, when to test your blood sugar, causes of high and low blood sugar, signs of high and low blood sugar, how to correct high and low blood sugar and how to find patterns in your results.
People with Type 1 diabetes always require insulin to control their blood sugars, and many people with Type 2 diabetes need insulin to control their blood sugars as well. Our educators teach you the basics of insulin management including how to self-inject insulin, how your insulin works, when to take it, its side effects, how to prevent and treat low blood sugars and storage and travel guidelines. We also help you trouble-shoot obstacles that make it difficult for you to be successful with insulin management.
Using an insulin pump can help you achieve tighter blood sugar control and have a more flexible lifestyle. The decision to go onto pump therapy is an important one and must be made with care. Those on pump therapy are most successful when they have education and support from their physician and diabetes education team. We offer guidance so you can decide if pump therapy is right for you, education for those new to insulin pumping, and education for those who want to transition to a new pump. You will not only learn “button-pushing” but the critical thinking and decision-making skills people wearing a pump require for safe and effective diabetes management. We offer education for insulin pumps by Accu-chek, Animas, Medtronic, OmniPod and Tandem.
You can learn more about the different choices of insulin pumps by following these links.
The Diabetes Treatment Center offers an insulin pump therapy class for children and their family. For more details, see our flyer Pediatric Insulin Pump Night.
A CGM diagnostic sensor can help a person have a better picture of blood sugar levels throughout the day and night because the sensor checks blood sugar levels every 5 minutes of the day. After a clinician certified in CGMS inserts the sensor, the patient wears it for a few days and then returns the sensor to download the data for analysis by your healthcare provider. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in the diagnostic study.
Wearing a personal CGMS enables a person to view their blood sugar levels continuously throughout the day and night so that they can make adjustments to prevent low and high blood sugars. The sensor checks blood sugar levels about every 5 minutes and relays the information to a receiver. We teach you how to insert the sensor, set-up the receiver, and how to use the data to make decisions about your management.
You can learn more about the different choices of CGM sensors by following these links.