Your Personal Diabetes Care Team
Managing diabetes is extremely complex. So whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with it for years, you’re likely to have questions or may need help fine-tuning your lifestyle habits for best results.
The Diabetes Education program at Olympic Medical Center is staffed by an experienced team of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) and registered dietitians (RDs). When you meet individually with one of our diabetes experts, they’ll assess your personal situation and discuss topics such as:
- Meal planning
- Medication and insulin instruction
- Exercise guidelines
- Goal setting
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Risk management and complication prevention
- Psychosocial support
- Insulin pump therapy
A little help from your friends
Making the right everyday choices can be a real challenge—both because there’s so much to learn and because you may be having to make big changes to how you eat, drink and spend your free time. Research has proven that a critical factor in successfully managing diabetes is social support—that means your friends and family, but also diabetes experts and other people who, like you, are living with this disease.
By joining our support groups and classes or taking advantage of the opportunity to meet one-on-one with one of our diabetes educators, you can find both the social support and the information you need to keep diabetes in check. Our program is nationally accredited by the American Diabetes Association and is available in both Port Angeles and Sequim.
Diabetes counseling requires a physician’s order, so start by talking with your doctor. Medicare and many other health insurance policies cover some diabetes education. Call your carrier to learn about your specific situation.
For more information, contact Diabetes Education at (360) 417-7125.