Did you know that there are more than 29.1 million children and adults in the United States, or 9.3 percent of the population, who have diabetes? If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications, including: heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease and nerve damage.
Recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the education program provided at Randolph Health's Diabetes Center lasts for nine hours and is presented during three classes. The classes cover 10 core content areas required by the ADA and are taught by diabetes educators. Upon completion of the initial program, follow-up sessions are available.
Anyone with a doctor's referral is welcome to participate in the education program. Whether you want to better control your blood sugars, eat a healthier diet, avoid complications, or just need a diabetes "tune-up," the program will provide information and support you need to be successful. Those who are new to diabetes and those who have never received self-management training are especially encouraged to enroll.
The Randolph Health Diabetes Center offers a variety of services to assist in managing your diabetes, including:
- Convenient group or individual classes, led by experienced diabetes professionals, held weekly in the morning, afternoon or evening.
- Classes with a registered nurse to learn or review self-care skills, such as blood sugar monitoring, preventing and treating complications, and medication management.
- Classes with a registered dietitian for help with meal planning, grocery shopping and eating out.
Medicare covers 80 percent for 10 hours of initial education and two hours of education every year thereafter. Medicaid covers 100 percent of the program. All other insurances are verified before scheduling any appointments.