Diabetes Program Certified by the American Diabetes Association
Our commitment is to provide individuals living with diabetes with the
training and knowledge they need to take charge of their well-being. We
provide Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) and Medical Nutrition
Therapy (MNT) programs. Our program recently received renewed re-certification
from the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National
Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.
We received our initial certification in 1996; since that time, we have
continued to set the bar high for excellence in diabetes training and
self-management. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you owe it
to yourself to learn as much as you can about this condition so you can
enjoy full quality of life and health. Our team is here to empower you
with the information you need to live well with diabetes.
Am I at Risk for Developing Diabetes?
Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting approximately
21 million individuals in the United States. Of this number, experts estimate
that half do not know they have diabetes.
If you identify with one or more of the following risk factors, you should
schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to have your blood
sugar checked as soon as possible:
- A family history of diabetes
- African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, or Native American heritage
- Suffer from obesity
- Have delivered a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
- Were diagnosed with gestational diabetes
- Have high blood pressure (over 130 / 80)
- Have an HDL cholesterol level lower than 35 mg / dl or a triglyceride level
over 250 mg / dl
- Have any of the symptoms of diabetes listed below
Symptoms of diabetes include:
- Frequent infections
- Confusion / disorientation
- Slow healing
- Increased thirst
- Increased appetite
- Frequent urination
- Feelings of fatigue, exhaustion
- Blurry vision
Empowering Individuals with Diabetes
The goal of our diabetes program is to equip individuals and their families
with the knowledge they need to live healthy, vibrant lives empowered
by the understanding necessary to manage their condition. If you have
diabetes, you are the one who has to control it. We provide the education
you need to achieve this goal. Talk to your primary healthcare provider
about receiving a referral to the diabetes program.
The person who has diabetes is the one who has to control it.
Your First Visit: What to Expect
On your first appointment, a registered nurse and registered dietitian
will assess your information, listen to your medical history, and provide
a complete evaluation based on this data. At that point, you can enroll
in group classes where we will develop meal plans based around your needs.
The classes we offer include the following:
Putting the Pieces Together
This self-management training program is designed to help patients with
type 1 or type 2 diabetes understand their conditions and take steps toward
control. Topics covered include: the diabetes disease process, medications,
monitoring, physical activity, healthy eating, reducing diabetes complications,
the psychosocial aspects of diabetes, goal setting, and more.
Baby and Me
This program offers individual counseling for women who develop diabetes
during pregnancy. You will need your OB/GYN to refer you to this class.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Work one-on-one with a registered dietitian to help improve health conditions
through nutrition and dietary choice. Anyone with a diagnosis of diabetes,
high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Celiac disease, chronic kidney
disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or a need for weight management
can be referred to this program by their physician.
This is a diabetes training program for people with impaired glucose tolerance,
metabolic syndrome or anyone with risk factors for developing diabetes.
A referral from a primary healthcare provider is optional. A team approach
is used to assist all people enrolled for DSMT. The team includes the
participant, primary healthcare provider, nurse, and dietitian. A pharmacist,
exercise physiologist, and counselor are available for consultation. Instructors
are registered nurses and dietitians who have had special training as
certified diabetes educators. Upon completion of a program, the participant
will demonstrate a thorough understanding of diabetes and what is necessary
for excellent control. Within six months following completion of the training,
participants are contacted to discuss goals, progress and concerns. Communication
with the primary healthcare provider is maintained during the entire training process.
A registered dietitian works with children to achieve and maintain a healthy
weight. Your primary healthcare provider must refer you to this service.
By the end of each course, participants should be able to demonstrate a
thorough understanding of diabetes control and self-management. Each participant
receives a gold-sealed graduation certification upon program completion.
We follow up six months post-training to discuss goals, progress, and
concerns, remaining in contact with your primary healthcare provider through
Working Toward Wellness as a Team
Our diabetes staff takes a team approach to disease management. Your team
will consist of you, your primary healthcare provider, a registered nurse,
and a registered dietitian. Other professionals will be available for
consultation as well, including pharmacists, exercise physiologists, and
counselors. Our instructors are registered nurses and dietitians who have
received specialized training as certified diabetes educators.
Contact the Diabetes Program
There are charges for some of our services. Participants may qualify for
coverage through Medicare, Medicaid, or third-party health insurance.
We also offer financial assistance for low-income participants in our
DSMT and MNT programs.
Our Corporate Health program offers onsite diabetes education specific
to managing diabetes with confidence.
Iredell Health System’s Diabetes Program is located at the Iredell
Wellness Center, 285 North Main Street Suite D, Troutman NC. Contact us
for more information at (704) 878-4556.