AMC Offers Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
SARANAC LAKE - Diabetes is a manageable disease for those who have the knowledge needed to take charge of their own care. Important aspects of that care include following a healthy meal plan, monitoring blood glucose levels and maintaining an active physical lifestyle. In many cases, medication is needed to keep glucose levels on target. Juggling all of these tasks can be daunting.
Fortunately, there is help available to overcome these challenges. Diabetes education and training is provided at Adirondack Medical Center to help people learn more about diabetes with the latest information, the tools to manage the disease and the necessary support where needed.
Beginning on May 8, AMC, a member of Adirondack Health, will offer its six-week comprehensive Diabetes Self Management Education Program. Presented on six consecutive Wednesday evenings through June 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm, the program is taught by an interdisciplinary team of four physicians, a pharmacist, registered nurses, dietitian/certified diabetes educator, physical therapist, and registered nurse/certified diabetes educator. The program covers a full array of topics geared to assist participants to live well with diabetes, while making and sustaining lifestyle changes for optimal glycemic control and prevention of complications. Included is valuable information on nutrition, exercise, medications and prevention of acute and chronic complications.
Recently the AMC the diabetes education program received an Adirondack Health Peak of Excellence award for its quality improvement work. The interdisciplinary team who manage the program demonstrated that 92 percent of program participants had been able to maintain proper blood glucose levels, which helps lower the chance of diabetic complications.
Patients may call (518) 897-2611 to register by phone or if they have questions about the program. Physician referral is needed for insurance, Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement of the program fee. Scholarships are available through the Adirondack Health Foundation.
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JOE RICCIO, Communications Director