Diabetes is a unique disease because treatment depends greatly on the patient’s self management skills for optimal treatment outcomes. Through our Outpatient Diabetes Education Program, our Certified Diabetes Educators (including nurses and registered dietitians) can help you lead a healthier life by teaching current diabetes self management skills you need to optimize their diabetes control through positive lifestyle changes.
Since 1991, this program has been awarded Recognition by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Patient Education Programs.
Due to the comprehensive nature of diabetes, all patients referred to our Outpatient Diabetes Education Program are evaluated and instructed by both a diabetes nurse and registered dietitian to receive both an individual meal plan and appropriate education goals.
Our services include outpatient comprehensive classes with follow up sessions for adults with diabetes, individual counseling for insulin therapy instruction or special learning needs, and gestational diabetes classes. Inpatient consultations are available by request from the physician.
To schedule patients for outpatient diabetes education appointments and classes call Central Scheduling at (904) 702-1400; extension 1.
For further information about any of our diabetes education services, call the Diabetes Education Coordinator at (904) 702-1541.
Outpatient Diabetes Lifestyle Change Program
Progression from prediabetes to Type 2 diabetes isn’t a guarantee. With lifestyle changes such as weight loss, medications and incorporating a healthy diet, many people can bring their blood sugar levels back to normal.
Memorial Hospital is proud to offer the community a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program, an initiative developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. The program is designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but who do not already have diabetes.
A trained lifestyle coach leads the structured program to help participants change certain aspects of their lifestyle, like eating healthier, reducing stress, and getting more physical activity. The program also includes group support from others who share similar goals and struggles.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as more Americans are living longer and become more overweight or obese.
Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include:
- Being overweight
- Being 45 years or older
- Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
- Being physically active less than 3 times a week
- Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
- Having polycystic ovary syndrome
Anyone with any of these risk factors should see their health care provider for further testing.
Memorial is still enrolling participants in the program. To sign up or to learn more, call (904) 702-1541. To view a list of CDC-recognized programs, click here.