Diabetes Self-Management & Support
It is important, throughout the course of your diabetes, to seek education and stay current on methods of managing your diabetes. Meeting with a Certified Diabetes Educator can allow the person living with diabetes to feel like they are in control of the disease through proper meal planning, activity, monitoring, understanding medications and reducing risk of complications.
Nutrition is one of the most important pieces of the diabetes puzzle. Understanding how different foods affect the blood glucose, what carbohydrates are and how to create meals that balance carbohydrate intake can go a long way in managing blood glucose levels. Many people are also trying to manage other disease states that impact their diet. Those individuals can get specific information to help them make this work.
Increasing physical activity is also a key component to proper diabetes care. Along with all of the other benefits one will receive from being active, improving blood glucose levels is another substantial benefit. Information will be provided on managing both high and low blood glucose and managing blood glucose during exercise. Information will also be reviewed on staying motivated to keep up the good work!
Understanding how, when and how often to monitor blood glucose levels; in addition to how to interpret results. This will help those with diabetes to manage blood glucose levels. Learning how to manage blood glucose during sick days, how to perform proper foot and skin care, and how to prevent complications and cope with diabetes are important in staying healthy.
Many people with diabetes need medication to keep their blood glucose level steady. A diabetes educator can help you better understand the purpose of specific medications, when and how to take them and any side effects to watch for. They will also discuss how to identify and treat hypoglycemia.
Emotional support, while not often initially considered, plays a key role in diabetes care. Connecting with other people living with diabetes that understand the daily grind of meal planning, monitoring blood glucose and dealing with high and low blood glucose levels can make all of the difference. Getting involved with a diabetes support group can support the emotional aspect of living with diabetes.
The Bruce Chertow Diabetes Center offers participants a comprehensive overview on diabetes in a relaxed learning environment. The center provides individualized education focused on meal planning, increasing activity, monitoring, medications and reducing risk of complications of diabetes.
Diabetes Support Group
A monthly diabetes support group is also available January through June and September through November at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the respective month. No referral is needed, and there is no cost to attend. Diabetes-related topics vary monthly. For more information, call 304-691-1661.
Insulin Pump Training
Learning how to manage diabetes with an insulin pump can improve blood glucose control and allow more flexibility in diabetes management. Our Certified Insulin Pump Trainer can teach you how this works.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)
By measuring glucose levels in real-time throughout the day and night, this device can detect and alarm if the blood glucose is approaching a high, or low, limit. CGM may also be ordered by a practitioner for a limited number of days with results reviewed to look for patterns in blood glucose not apparent on routine fingerstick blood glucose levels. These results are then used to make informed decisions about medication dosage and timing, as well as meal planning and activity. This service is not limited to individuals who use insulin or an insulin pump, but it may need to be prior authorized by insurance.
Marshall Health is proud to partner with you on your journey toward health and wellness. We invite you to check back often as we update this information.
Quality Care at Chertow Diabetes Center
The Bruce Chertow Diabetes Center has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Diabetes Self-Management Education* and Support.