Managing your Diabetes
Maybe you've just been diagnosed, or perhaps you've had diabetes for years. No matter your age or when you were diagnosed, diabetes presents challenges. Having diabetes means your body is having a problem turning food into fuel for energy; either your body cannot make enough insulin, or is not using insulin efficiently. This causes a build-up of sugar in your bloodstream. If left untreated, high blood sugar levels can lead to heart and kidney disease, nerve damage, blindness, amputations and a variety of other problems. The good news is diabetes can be managed. Studies have proven that by controlling your blood sugar levels, you can reduce or even prevent your risk for many complications.
Diabetes Self-Management Program
Advocate Condell Medical Center is committed to working with you and your physician to help manage your diabetes and reduce the risks of diabetes-related complications. Our program is recognized by The American Diabetes Association and is customized for each patient. It combines diabetes education, nutritional education/counseling, fitness expertise, continuing education classes and support groups to help manage your blood glucose levels and associated diabetes symptoms. Our diabetes educator will provide your referring physician with periodic written updates on your progress.
Our diabetes education program features:
- Assessment of each patient's education needs
- Series of three classes taught over a one month period lead by a certified diabetes nurse educator or a dietitian
- Dietary needs assessment and development of an individualized food plan
- Individualized action plan with specific goals
- Periodic assessment of goal achievement
- One-on-one education is also available with a diabetes educator and nutritionist
- Refresher class offered yearly thereafter, to provide follow-up diabetes self-management education and support
- A specialized education program tailored for patients with gestational diabetes is also available
Diabetes Support Group
This free support group is open to adults with diabetes and their family and friends. The group meets every month at Advocate Condell Medical Center. Please call Health Advisor at 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) for more information on location and topics of the meetings.
Insurance and Payments
Because our Diabetes program is ADA certified, most insurances and Medicare will cover diabetes education. Please contact your insurance company to determine your coverage and if a co-pay is required. A physician's order is necessary to bill your insurance. If you have an HMO, you will need a referral from your primary care physician.
For more information or to make an appointment with the Diabetes Self-Management Program, have your physician order ready and call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622).
Advocate Condell Medical Center
801 South Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, Illinois 60048