Diabetes Management

Harrison Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Program is a place where you can find whatever help you need to learn to control your diabetes.  In our Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Program, you will receive an individualized learning needs assessment followed by a series of diabetes classes  covering these important topics:

  • Physical activity
  • Eating right
  • Taking medications
  • Monitoring blood sugar at home
  • Problem solving
  • Reducing risks of diabetes complications
  • Living with diabetes and coping

Once enrolled, you will work with a diabetes educator to develop your personal learning plan

How do they know I really have diabetes? 
Diabetes is one of the most common and serious chronic diseases in America today. Each day, over 2,500 Americans are told they have diabetes.Many people with diabetes never have any symptoms, or they think their symptoms are from other causes.  The only way to know  if you have diabetes is to have a blood sugar test. You have diabetes if your blood sugar is:

  • 126mg/dl or higher when fasting
  • 200mg/dl or higher with symptoms without regard to when you’ve eaten
  • 200mg/dl or higher after two hours of the glucose tolerance test

If you have diabetes, it is best to find out early and begin treatment.  Uncontrolled diabetes can result in serious long-term health problems, which can be avoided or delayed with proper blood sugar con-trol.

What should my blood sugar level be?
The American Diabetes Association recommends these blood sugar goals for most people who have diabetes: Before meals:  90-130mg/dl 1-2 hrs. after meals:  less than 180mg/dl. Your doctor may set different goals for you.

What can I do to control my blood sugar?
You have more control over your diabetes than you may realize. For the best control possible: •Work closely with your physician and educators.  Be the leader of your healthcare team. Learn as much as you can about diabetes and how to care for yourself.  Put what you learn to work for you. •Eat small portions of a variety of healthy foods every day. •Get moving!  Talk with your physician about the amount and type of exercise that is best for you. •Check your blood sugar daily. •Take medications as you are instructed. •Ask your educator about anything you don’t understand.

How can I learn more about diabetes?
Tell your doctor you want to learn as much as you can about diabetes.  Ask about trustworthy sources for information, and find a diabetes education program to guide your learning.

What does the program cost?
Cost depends upon individual needs.  Many insurance companies, including Medicare, will cover diabetes education and supplies.  We encourage you to check with your provider to determine if you are eligible to receive diabetes education.

Do I need an order from my doctor?
Yes.  An order from your doctor is required to receive payment from your insurance provider.