The American Association of Diabetes Educators recently published a new study that included 4 million Americans who have diabetes. This study revealed that those people who received formal diabetes education had lower average health care costs when compared to those who did not receive any diabetes education.
Education is the key to success - for your body and your wallet. Do you have a hard time keeping on track with your health goals? If you answered "yes," you are not alone. Do you feel that you have all the knowledge, tools and support to keep you on track to achieve your goals? If you answered "no," find education today. How can you do the ''right thing'' if you have not been taught what the ''right things'' are?
Diabetes education keeps you healthy.
The Diabetes Prevention Program found that:
Education can be more helpful than the diabetes drug metformin - half of the people who had education lost at least 7 percent of their body weight.
When people without diabetes were placed into three groups (education versus metformin drug therapy versus no intervention), the rate of onset of diabetes was reduced 58 percent in the education group and 31 percent in the group taking metformin when compared to the group who received no intervention.
When people without diabetes were placed into two groups (education versus no intervention), the education intervention group:
- reduced the risk of developing diabetes over a 30-year period in those people at high risk by 11 percent;
- reduced the chance of developing cardiovascular complications by 8 percent; and
- reduced the risk of dying from the complications of diabetes by 2.3 percent for those that went on to develop diabetes.
Where can you find your nearest diabetes educators?
Trinity Regional Medical Center offers diabetes education right here in Fort Dodge. Nurses and dietitians also travel to the hospitals in Pocahontas and Webster City to educate people in those communities. The TRMC Diabetes Center has five diabetes educators who hold a variety of classes and individual appointments Monday through Friday, day and evening hours.
What can you expect from diabetes education?
The typical diabetes education program includes four classroom sessions that offers instruction about shopping smart, meal planning, heart health, dining out tips, how and when to check blood sugars, blood sugar goals, treating low and high blood sugars, the short and long term complications of diabetes, and much more.
After the classes are completed, the educators will invite you to return individually to review your goals and brush up on the latest diabetes information.
While you're waiting for your classes, you may log on to the Internet at www.trmc.org/diabetes and watch any of eight different video clips. Each clip includes one of the nurses or dietitians from TRMC Diabetes Center talking about some of the most important diabetes topics.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes changes in your body. Fortunately, new treatments are being developed constantly. Following up with the diabetes educators every six months is a very proactive approach to keeping your diabetes in control.
What services are offered at the Diabetes Center?
Type 2 diabetes and Type 1 diabetes education.
Classroom and individual education.
Education for women with diabetes who wish to become pregnant or have become pregnant.
Education for women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Medication management. If your blood sugars are out of control or you wish to learn about different/new diabetes medications and therapies that can improve your control, the diabetes educators can work with you and your doctor about your options.
Continuous glucose monitoring. A device that checks your blood sugars (without a finger stick) up to 288 times per day for three to five days.
Insulin pump management. A device that delivers insulin into your body continuously through a thin tube the size of a needle placed under the skin every three days instead of one to five injections per day.
Diabetes support group.
Pre-diabetes class. If your doctor has not diagnosed you with diabetes, but you know that you or a family member are at risk of developing diabetes, come learn about how you can prevent diabetes through eating healthy and being active. Call the Diabetes Center to join our pre-diabetes class for $20.
Will your insurance pay for diabetes education?
Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies all pay for diabetes education. They pay for initial education and follow-up education even if you have had diabetes education in the past. If you are uninsured or underinsured, Trinity Regional Medical Center has a financial assistance program for which you may be eligible. Take advantage of your benefits and call for your appointment today.
How do I make an appointment?
Ask your physician to schedule an appointment, or call the TRMC Diabetes Center directly at 574-6350 to make an appointment in Fort Dodge, Webster City or Pocahontas.
The TRMC Diabetes Center is committed to educating all individuals with diabetes.
Trinity Regional Medical Center is proud to offer this service and looks forward to serving you and your family.
Dr. Michael Lee is medical director of the Trinity Regional Medical Center Diabetes Center. Sarah Marsh is a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian. She is coordinator of the TRMC Diabetes Center.