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 7th leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting approximately 30.3 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.
- 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.
- Prediabetes Training. 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.
- Childhood Obesity. 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 each step.
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 on-site diabetes education specific to managing diabetes with confidence.
Iredell Health System's Diabetes Program is located at the Iredell Wellness Center, 285 N. Main St., Suite D, Troutman. Contact us for more information at 704.878.4556.