At Catawba Valley Medical Center, we take a team approach to diabetes care and management specifically designed in consideration of your individual needs and lifestyle. The Center for Diabetes Control’s educational programs have been recognized by the American Diabetes Association since 1993.
Through the Center for Diabetes Control, your diabetes healthcare team is made up of you, your physician, a nurse, a dietitian, a pharmacist and a counselor, all of whom have received the most up-to-date training in the most current methods of treating diabetes. Most clinical staff members of the Center hold Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators – which means they possesses distinct and specialized diabetes-related education, thereby improving the quality of care for patients with diabetes.
If you have questions or concerns about diabetes, The Center for Diabetes Control at CVMC can help. Call 828.326.3442 for more information.
Day or Evening Education Programs
Knowledge and understanding are the most important tools in the fight against diabetes. That’s why we offer a comprehensive education program to help you learn ways to control and manage the effects of the disease. In either a classroom or one-on-one setting, you can learn about these vital topics:
- Nutritional Therapy
- Blood Glucose
- Diabetes Medications
- Intensive Insulin Therapy Programs
- Stress Management
- Complications Associated with Uncontrolled Diabetes
- Sick Day Management
- Diabetes Self Management
- Pre-Diabetes Management
Insulin Pump Therapy Program
An insulin pump is exactly what it sounds like – a portable electronic device that delivers insulin when needed. For many people, the use of an insulin pump has offered dramatic improvement in lifestyle control and flexibility. Working with your physician and health care team, you can determine whether this option best meets your own specific diabetes care needs.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring System
Continuous Glucose Monitoring System is a high-tech device that closely follows your glucose levels every 5 minutes for up to 3 days at a time. This information is automatically downloaded to your physician, who can then determine an appropriate therapy for blood sugar management.
Gestational diabetes is usually a temporary condition that disappears after the baby is born, but it is very important to keep a close eye on it during pregnancy. To help ensure proper care for both mother and baby, our Gestational Program offers specific education on such topics as blood sugar management, meal planning and medication use, if necessary. Your physician will determine if the Gestational Program is needed for you.
In our Nutritional Therapy program, you will receive one-on-one counseling with a registered dietitian who will help devise a meal plan specific to your personal needs. You will be provided with easy-to-follow guidelines about what you can eat, when you can eat it, and how it will affect your blood sugar levels.
Nutrition classes are held throughout the month to meet your scheduling needs. Please call 828.326.442 to schedule your first class today. Your diabetes health care team also hosts an adult diabetes education group at the CVMC Center for Rehabilitation. Call 828.326.3442 for more information.
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