Our staff in our Health Management Center understands that a diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming. They have the care and compassion to help alleviate your fears, and the knowledge and experience to help manage your diabetes successfully.
Patient–Centered, Team Approach
Under the supervision of your personal physician, a team of experts consisting of Certified Diabetes Educators provides the latest in diabetes treatment. Additionally, we encourage patients to bring a support person, such as a friend or family member, to class or appointment. The Health Management Center works closely with the entire support network to provide an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for everyone with diabetes, their families and others responsible for their care.
Diabetes Education helps patients by:
- Encouraging independence through diabetes self–management treatment.
- Empowering patients to understand their diabetes diagnosis and take control of their diabetes.
- Helping patients to track critical numbers, including blood pressure, cholesterol and HbA1c.
- Teaching the importance of eating a healthy diet, being active, taking medication as prescribed, controlling weight and checking blood sugar levels.
Diabetes Self–management Education & Support
In keeping with the American Academy of Diabetes Educators goals for care, The TAKE CHARGE PROGRAM is a 3-week series of group education classes offered on Tuesdays or Thursdays. These sessions are designed to provide you with the skills and practical knowledge to successfully make lifestyle changes in order to take charge of your diabetes and your life. The series include: Introduction to diabetes and monitoring, healthy eating, problem solving, taking medications, reducing risks, being active, healthy coping and next steps.
Please call the Health Management Center at (907) 264-2038 to register for your class. Please contact us Monday–Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Common Items Addressed In Our Clinic:
New Diagnosis Of Type 1 And 2 Diabetes
Our diabetes team can help you start insulin for the first time or make adjustments to the insulin you are already taking. Any recommendations on insulin adjustment will be discussed with and approved by your physician prior to changes being made.
Includes instruction on monitoring blood sugars, diet and medications. At least one follow–up visit is done to assure understanding of the education.
Appointments with a registered nurse or registered dietitian can be scheduled for individuals who need a review of their self–management skills, blood glucose trends and meal planning questions or difficulties.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Appointments with a registered dietitian can be scheduled for those with diabetes who would like help with meal planning.
What To Bring To My First Appointment:
- Glucometer/insulin pump/blood glucose log booklet (if you have one)
- Medication list of all your current diabetes prescriptions
- Support person
- Insurance information