Diabetes Education at Centegra
A diabetes diagnosis inevitably means a change in lifestyle, which requires the support of your family and friends. The caring Associates at the Centegra Diabetes Center help you and your loved ones adjust to your new lifestyle.
The goal of Diabetes Self-Management Training at Centegra is to educate you about diabetes and ways to aggressively maintain or keep your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels managed so there are no complications after diagnosis.
If you think you have diabetes, you may not know where to go or who to contact to get a diagnosis. At Centegra, we can help you find a physician or process your referral so you can begin Diabetes Self-Management Training as soon as possible. There are some requirements before your education starts with the Centegra Diabetes Center:
- You must have an order from a physician who diagnoses diabetes.
- Ask your doctor for your diagnosis or diagnosis code. You will need this information when you check with your insurance company.
- If you do not have a physician, visit our Find a Doctor page.
- If you already have a physician, call your doctor and ask the office staff to fax your referral to the Diabetes Center at (815) 356-2385.
Diabetes Self-Management Training
The goal of our self-management class is to educate you about diabetes and ways to aggressively maintain or keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar managed so there are no complications after diagnosis. These classes are taught by registered dietitians and nurses so you understand both the nutrition and clinical changes caused by diabetes. Other topics include exercise and stress management. For your convenience, classes are offered at morning, afternoon and evening hours to accommodate many different schedules. Each class is outlined in the following way:
Dietitian: How to eat with diabetes – what foods affect my blood sugar?
Nurse: What is diabetes? What medications are needed?
Dietitian: Eating to prevent diabetes complications
Nurse: Large blood vessels and their relation to complications like heart attack and stroke
Dietitian: Dining out, recipe modifications, goal setting
Nurse: Small blood vessels that include eyes, kidneys and nerves
Diabetes education includes nutrition. Some of the nutrition services we provide through the self-management classes are:
- Cookbooks and sample menus
- A free carb-counting class each quarter that includes a free carb-counting book
- An on-staff chef who has diabetes demonstrating how to cook healthy meals at home
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. For too many Americans, diabetes is thought of as a minor hindrance rather than the life-changing disease it is.
Support groups allow patients and their loved ones to learn about diabetes and discuss how it has affected their lives. The diabetes support group offered at Centegra meets on a quarterly basis to provide support for anyone with diabetes or those who support family members who have been diagnosed.
Visit our calendar for more information on diabetes support groups in McHenry County.