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Diabetes Education

Who can I talk to?

Health Coaches
Contact Information: 402-385-1957

Clinical Dietician
Contact Information: 402-385-1858

Why do I have to control my diabetes?

Diabetes is a very common disease, yet each person needs unique care. We encourage patients with diabetes and their families to learn as much as possible about the disease, choices for medications, and the value of healthy lifestyle choices.

At this time, there is no cure for diabetes, but research has shown that proper care, along with eating the right foods, getting enough exercise, and using the proper medication(s) can help prevent long-term problems.

What are the problems of uncontrolled diabetes?

Kidney disease/failure leading to dialysis
Higher risk for getting heart disease/heart attacks
Diabetic eye disease raising risk for blindness
Poor blood flow in the peripheral arteries and veins (i.e. feet and lower legs)
Higher risk of ulcers leading to amputation
Higher risk for stroke (2-4 times higher)

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a long-term health issue in which the person has high blood sugar, either because not enough insulin is made or because the body's cells do not react the right way to the insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will often have frequent urination, greater thirst, greater hunger, and/or lack of energy.

There are three types of diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes
This type of diabetes is called "juvenile diabetes" as it most often is found in childhood. It happens as a result of an unknown and hard to predict autoimmune process that kills the cells in the pancreas in charge for making insulin. The patient with this disease will not be able to make any insulin by themselves and will need insulin shots and/or the use of an insulin pump for the rest of his/her life.

Type 2 Diabetes
This type of diabetes is happens as we age and most often found later in life. There are two mechanisms that cause this disease and may be seen as a combination of both. The blood sugar in the blood stream rises due to the body not able to make enough insulin from the pancreas and/or the body's cells do not use the insulin that is made in a proper fashion (insulin resistance). This results in the blood sugar stays high and is not able to be used for energy by the cells. This is the most common type of diabetes worldwide.

The treatment for this disease is a combination of lifestyle changes (food plan and exercise) and medications. Some patients don't need any medications to keep good blood sugar control, but type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease - it slowly gets worse - and the patient will one day end up on insulin.

Gestational Diabetes
This type of diabetes impacts females who do not have diabetes before pregnancy, but are found with it as a result of their pregnancy. This acts much like type 2 diabetes as the mother's body is not able to make enough insulin to handle the blood sugar load in the blood. This can only be found during pregnancy and most often resolves after with giving birth. Having gestational diabetes raises a woman's risk for getting diabetes later in life.

What diabetes education is offered at Pender?

We have a great team of health coaches who can get you started on the right path while you are in the office with your doctor. We also have a clinical pharmacist who specializes in diabetes as well as a clinical dietician on our staff who are more than happy to help.

Living a long and healthy life with diabetes is possible. This doesn't happen without you knowing about diabetes and you taking part in the care of your body. We can teach you about on the disease, how to prevent, slow down, and/or control your diabetes to help you avoid the risk of the possible problems linked to diabetes.

Ask your doctor to send you to one of the health coaches, the clinical pharmacist, or dietician for extra support and education!

For more information please visit the American Diabetes Association.