Diabetes Education

Diabetes is a condition in which too much sugar (glucose) accumulates in the blood.  More than 17 million Americans suffer from Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.  If left untreated, complications from diabetes can include eye disease, kidney disease and high blood pressure.  It is a serious and potentially deadly illness—two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

Living with diabetes can seem overwhelming.  It is a complex illness that affects you physically and emotionally.  At Ocean Beach Hospital, we have developed an integrated education and self-care program with you at the center.

Building a healthy relationship with your care team is the first step in building a healthier life.  We believe your diabetes self-care plan needs to be as unique as you are.  We work in partnership with you, helping you and your family develop practical skills to live a healthier lifestyle that put you in control of your condition.

Diabetes Education Classes:

A multi-disciplinary team that includes certified diabetes educators teaches our diabetes education classes.  Our program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association and meets the national standards of diabetes management.

Our core program begins with one-on-one counseling with a certified diabetes educator, who works with you to develop a teaching plan.  It is followed by four optional weekly sessions.  The program covers:

  • Diabetes information
  • Medications
  • Exercise
  • Sick-day management
  • Stress management
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Complications
  • Personal support systems
  • Goal setting

Nutrition Counseling:

We also offer dietary and nutrition instruction from a registered dietitian, who will work with you to develop a personal nutrition plan that meets your needs, goals and taste.  The dietary component of our training will teach you how various foods affect blood sugar, how to make sense of food labels, and how food groups interact with each other.

Support Group: Click Here for Information About Our Diabetes Support Group

Diabetes can be a discouraging illness that leaves you feeling frustrated and isolated.  Meeting others who face the same challenges is an encouraging reminder that you are not alone.  It can also be a catalyst for developing healthy coping solutions.

Our diabetes support group meets the third Thursday of each month at Ocean Beach Hospital’s education conference room.  These group sessions are facilitated by our diabetes education team and feature a variety of topics.  There is no cost.

For more information on diabetes treatment and education, contact our diabetes education staff at 360.642.6308 or 360.642.6314.

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