Thursday, November 3, 2016

The importance of diabetes education

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it is important that you learn as much as possible about this disease. Learning about the symptoms of serious complications can help you be proactive about your health. Learning how to manage your diet and other daily habits can help you stay healthy. Logansport Memorial Hospital offers monthly diabetes education classes for people throughout North Central Indiana.

Group of people gathered for an educational seminar


What is diabetes?

Simply put, diabetes means that your body cannot process blood sugars (glucose) normally. Instead of moving the blood glucose to cells where you use it for energy, the sugars stay in your blood.

There are two types of diabetes:
Type 1: Sometimes called juvenile diabetes because it most often starts in children or young adults. Type 1 diabetes can happen at any age and is caused by an auto-immune disorder that destroys the cells that make insulin. Approximately 5-10% of diabetes patients have type 1 diabetes.

Type 2: Caused by a resistance to insulin where the pancreas can't make enough insulin to keep blood glucose under control. 90-95% of all cases of diabetes are type 2.

Diabetes Education

No matter which type you have, diabetes education is important. Unlike other diseases, diabetes cannot be controlled by medication alone. You must pay attention to your blood sugar numbers, nutrition, and exercise each and every day. Education can help you do just that.

Whether in one-on-one counseling or a group setting, diabetes education can help you learn:

  • How to monitor your blood glucose
  • The basics of diabetes treatment options
  • Healthy meal planning
  • Living well with diabetes


Medicare will cover 10 hours of diabetes education (9 hours of group education and 1 hour of individual) and 3 hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy (group or individual) in the first year after enrollment in Medicare, or after diabetes education is first initiated. Medicare will also cover two hours of diabetes education and two hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy (either group or individual) annually after that. Often your private insurance will also cover classes but you should always check beforehand.

Common issues for those with diabetes include: gestational diabetes (diabetes when pregnant), how to handle the different prescriptions, how to inject insulin, healthy diets, monitoring diabetes and more. We've put together a free Diabetes Education resource to help answers these common questions.

Spotlight on women with diabetes 

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes can be especially hard on women. Diabetes can cause difficulties during pregnancy such as a miscarriage or a baby born with birth defects. Women with diabetes are also more likely to have a heart attack, and at a younger age, than women without diabetes.

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can help you avoid complications. If you are experiencing any of these common symptoms of diabetes, talk to your doctor about your concerns. Women in Logansport, Rochester and all over North Central Indiana turn to Logansport Memorial Hospital when they need a primary care physician:

  • Urinating often 
  • Feeling very thirsty 
  • Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating 
  • Extreme fatigue 
  • Blurry vision 
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal 
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1) 
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)  




Logansport Memorial Health: Diabetes Basics

Diabetes Basics is a small group education class offered monthly at Logansport Memorial Hospital. This class is ideal for someone newly diagnosed with diabetes, but it is also very beneficial for anyone with diabetes who hasn’t had much education about it in the past. Pre-registration for the class is required by calling (574) 753-1339.


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