In northeast Washington, DC, Providence provides a team approach to your diabetes care with education and nutrition monitoring and support.
At the Providence Diabetes Education and Nutrition Center, our care team provides compassionate, personalized care for children and adults with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. Diabetes is one of America’s most prevalent chronic diseases. In Washington, D.C., more than 8.4 percent of adults over age 18 are diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes impacts your long-term health, Our experienced care team listens to understand your health concerns, so we can deliver the diabetes care that is right for you. We provide education and nutrition counseling to help you better manage your diabetes condition.
The most common forms of diabetes are Type 1, Type 2, gestational, and pre-diabetes. At our Center, we also address diabetes-related health condition, including risk factor for heart disease, changes in eye health, nerve pain, hard-to-heal foot and skin ulcers, and kidney health. Our prenatal diabetes services help women with gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes may affect the growth and development of your baby and preparations for the labor and delivery. This condition can also cause obesity.
Understanding diabetes symptoms
Managing health risk factors can help prevent pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
- Family history of disease
- Age: The likelihood increases with age, particularly if other risk factors are present – although the incidence of Type 2 diabetes is rising among adolescents.
- Ethnicity: Diabetes is more common among Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders.
- Pregnancy: Women who develop gestational diabetes while pregnant are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Common diabetes symptoms* include:
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Increased hunger
- Blurry vision
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- Frequent skin, bladder or gum infections
- Wounds that don't heal
- Extreme, unexplained fatigue
- In some diabetes cases, there are no symptoms.
If not managed, diabetes can lead to long-term health issues such as:
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
- Vascular disease and circulatory problems (amputation left untreated)
- Nerve damage
Treating diabetes and related conditions
Patients with pre-diabetes or diabetes are strongly recommended to self-manage their condition with therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC). At the Providence Diabetes Education and Nutrition Center we provide long-term follow-up and care to help you achieve a better quality of life.
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Program
- Learn how to monitor blood glucose with daily testing to determine the effectiveness of meal plans, activity, and medication on keeping blood glucose levels within normal range.
- Follow a meal plan designed for individuals with diabetes.
- Maintain or beginning a regular schedule of physical activity, which can help the body use insulin better so it can convert glucose into energy for cells.
- Learn to self-administer insulin injections (for patients with Type 1 diabetes, and some with Type 2 diabetes)
- Find the proper balance and use of medication to control the disease.
Clinical Management of diabetes should include:
- An appointment at least every six months with an endocrinologist or other diabetes care specialists.
- Periodic appointments with other members of a diabetes management team, including a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and a Registered Dietitians (RD).
- Support from an exercise physiologist to customize your physical activity plan and a social worker, psychologist or mental health specialists to help manage stress and challenge of living with diabetes.
- Annual eye exams by an optometrist or ophthalmologist to detect progressive eye health concerns.
Providence Diabetes and Nutrition Center serves the community with education and nutritional counseling for persons living with pre-diabetes and other chronic diseases. Our care team helps individuals with pre-diabetes avoid chronic disease. If you are visually impaired or have difficulties in group sessions, please let us know and we will design a program that works for you. Interpreter services are available upon request at the time of the service if applicable.
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Pre-diabetes group information sessions, 1 hour, $10 per person
Learn how to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes, and obtain resources that can assist you with pre-diabetes care. No insurance or doctor's referral is required for this session. All participants must pre-register. Topics include:
- Preventing the onset of Type 2 diabetes
- Eating better and managing pre-diabetes with diet and exercise
The program is led by a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator. For more information, call 202-854-7128.
Pre-diabetes and diabetes support group, 1 hour meetings, no charge
Patients and family members share how they cope with diabetes and provide encouragement to one another. Discussions vary and include specialty topics. No referral is needed to attend the support group. Sessions are held on the first Friday of every month from 11am-12noon.
Group Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) and Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Programs
Since 1994, the Providence DSMT and DSME programs deliver high-quality diabetes education and meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education by the American Diabetes Association.
Comprehensive DSME Option #1: Group DSME / Three 2-hour Sessions --Diabetes Overview
This option is for the newly diagnosed patient. It is also a refresher course in basic diabetes management, these sessions include an introduction to diabetes, with an emphasis on meal planning and physical activity.
- Class 1: Diabetes Basics
- Class 2: Diabetes Basics/What Can I Eat?
- Class 3: Foods That Fit/Exercise Basics
Comprehensive DSME Option #2: Group DSME / One 2-hour Session -- Diabetes Recap
This option is designed for a patient with limited DSME allowable visits, or who needs a refresher course in basic diabetes management.
- 1st Hour: Diabetes Basics and What Can I Eat?
- 2nd Hour: Foods That Fit and Exercise Basics
After you have completed your first individual visit at the Providence Diabetes Education and Nutrition Center and completed one of our training and education sessions, your journey continues a personal one-on-one medical nurtrition planning session with our registered dietitian.
To register for a DSME program, call 202-854-7128. A doctor's referral is needed. Our care team will contact you to schedule your consultation.