Managing diabetes is all about teamwork.
You and your physician work together to find the therapy that's most effective for you. You also have another diabetes expert that's there for you - a diabetes educator. The diabetes educators at the Diabetes Resource Center at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital offer a comprehensive program for either newly diagnosed patients or those with a history of diabetes.
Diabetes educators can be nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, doctors, exercise physiologists, and social workers who specialize in the care and education of people with diabetes.
Why should I see a diabetes educator?
Diabetes management can be a lot to handle. There's so much to learn and a lot of lifestyle adjustments to make. Whether you've just been diagnosed or have had diabetes for a long time, a diabetes educator can work to support you to master the ins and outs of managing diabetes.
Diabetes educators are like your personal coach. They have the talent for assessing your particular needs and providing practical solutions. You may meet one-on-one or in a class setting. Either way, you'll find it easy to talk to a diabetes educator. Their goal is to make sure you know what to do to stay healthy.
During your meetings, you will learn how to:
- Work new routines in to the way you live.
- Keep your blood sugar in range.
- Recognize high and low blood sugars.
- Bring your blood sugar back in range.
- Make traveling and dining out easier and healthy, too.
- Handle sick days when your blood sugar levels are unpredictable.
- Become more confident in your ability to manage your diabetes.
The result will be that you can stay healthy and reduce the risk of serious complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage.