The diabetic program is designed to help patients learn to manage their disease. Whether a newly diagnosed diabetic or an old pro, patients can benefit from our program through education in the latest breakthroughs in diabetes management.
Diabetes is serious, but through education, diet and medication, diabetes can be controlled. Classes are held at Graham Regional by physician referral on an outpatient basis.
- Initial Assessment evaluate your needs & priorities
- All About Diabetes Learn basic facts, dietary tips & coping skills
- Your Meal Plan A Registered Dietician will a customized meal plan for you
- Medication and Physical Activities Learn types of medication and how & when to use them
- Preventing Long-Term Complications Identifies causes, detection & prevention of diabetes related complications
- The Wrap Up This is a one-on-one meeting with the educator to assess your personal knowledge & skills
How do I know if I have Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas produces too little insulin to meet the bodys needs. It has symptoms that develop over a short amount of time and include such symptoms such as:
- Excessive hunger
- Excessive thirst
- Fatigue and weakness
- Increased amount & frequency of urination
- Infections of the skin, bladder or other areas
- Nausea & vomiting
- Visual impairments such as blurred vision
- Weight loss despite increased appetite and thirst
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If you have one or more of these symptoms, check with your physician about testing for diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type of diabetes with obesity being the main cause. Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes develop slowly over time & are not as noticeable as in Type I Diabetes. In addition to the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes, you may experience:
- Dry lips
- Sunken eyes
- Labored breathing
- Vomiting abdominal distress
- Fruity-smelling breath
One in every three people has diabetes and does not know it. Ask your doctor if you suspect you could have this disease. Graham Regional Diabetes Clinic will be here to help you take control.
Questions or Comments?
For more information call 940-521-5250 to leave a message and Kathy Pennycuff, Director of Diabetic Clinic, will return your call. You may also e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.