Diabetes care and prevention
The endocrinology doctors and diabetes care team at Ascension Lourdes helps you prevent and manage diabetes.
Diabetes Care and Education at Ascension Lourdes
Lourdes Ascension Endocrinology and Diabetes Center is a team of skilled endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators, nurses and registered dietitians, all working together to bring you personalized, compassionate care for conditions including:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Gestational diabetes
- Thyroid disorders
- Thyroid cancer
- Adrenal and pituitary gland disorders
Our care team provides consultation, diagnosis and treatment with a focus on helping you attain optimal balance and help you feel your best.
Diabetes Education Services
The Lourdes Diabetes Center team works with you and your physician to develop a management program of treatment and education for both diabetes and pre-diabetes. Diabetes education is offered in group settings and on an individual basis as needed. A physician referral is required.
The classes are taught by a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian, who are both Certified Diabetes Educators. The Certified Diabetes Educators at Lourdes Diabetes Center will guide you through the process of creating a self-management plan that meets your needs and will be there to support and help you along the way. We are committed to helping people with diabetes live full, healthy lives.
- Comprehensive Diabetes Education: For individuals who are newly diagnosed or never received diabetes education before. Includes assessment, goal setting, blood glucose monitoring, medication administration, acute and chronic complications, exercise guidelines and meal planning.
- Prediabetes Education
- Insulin/Injectable Medication instruction
- Diabetes & Pregnancy
- Meal Planning
- Personal sessions for special needs
Classes are held Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We offer morning and afternoon classes to accommodate your busy schedule. Evening sessions are offered on Wednesdays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM and on Mondays from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.
One in three adults have prediabetes. Ninety percent of adults with prediabetes do not know that they have prediabetes. Lifestyle changes can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other health conditions.
The diagnosis of prediabetes means that although your blood sugar is higher than normal, it is not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at significantly increased risk of developing diabetes in the next 5 years. Fortunately, the risk of developing diabetes can be significantly decreased with appropriate lifestyle changes. Your provider may also recommend treatment with certain medications.
The Lourdes Diabetes Prevention Project staff will work with you and your primary care provider to help you make the changes needed to decrease the risk of developing diabetes:
- Connection to community resources
- Connecting you to support groups; walking groups
- Access to a health coach for one-on-one advice for making lifestyle changes
- Referrals to specialty services, when needed
- Be available to answer questions that may come up
- Monitor your progress and provide regular reports to you and your primary care provider
- Provide information about pre-diabetes and strategies that may help you make the lifestyle changes needed to decrease the risk of developing diabetes.
- Help setting goals for your health
- Special membership pricing to Synergy Athletics to encourage exercise