The Ascension Providence Diabetes Center provides comprehensive diabetes education to those who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes. The center has earned CDC Full Recognition which means we offer a quality, evidence-based program that meets the high standards and rigid criteria required for this designation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our program has also been recognized the American Diabetes Association.
Stay Well Prevent Diabetes Program
To help you lose weight, prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure and feel energized, the Ascension Providence Diabetes Center offers the Stay Well Prevent Diabetes Program. If you have pre-diabetes or are at risk for Type 2 diabetes, you can benefit from this year-long CDC-approved program. In the Stay Well Prevent Diabetes Program, a trained lifestyle coach will guide and encourage you to eat healthy, manage stress, get enough sleep and find time for fitness. Weekly classes provide the education you need and friendly support by other participants in the program who share the same health goals.
The Ascension Providence Diabetes Center offers individual and group instruction to help you gain knowledge to control your disease, avoid complications and enhance skills for a healthier life. Our Certified Diabetes Educators include registered nurses and registered dietitian/nutritionists.
Our classes include:
- Diabetes Made Simple
This course is for adults with diabetes and their family members to help develop self-management skills. Class discussion includes meal planning, physical activity, self-blood glucose monitoring, recognizing and preventing complications, medical review, stress and coping skills. This one-day class is offered several times each month and includes a buffet lunch for you and one guest.
- Diabetes and Pregnancy
This class is offered weekly for women with previous diabetes or gestational diabetes.
- Insulin and Other Injectable Medication Training
This class trains participants how to use injectable medication equipment use and how to safely dispose of it. You’ll also gain an understanding of the medication and action, and learn about the signs, symptoms and treatment of hypoglycemia.
- Insulin Pump Training
This class provides comprehensive hands-on training to learn the skills needed to successfully use an insulin pump. You’ll also learn how carbohydrate counting is an important component of achieving good blood sugar control.
- Continuous Glucose Monitor Application and Training
During this course, one of our certified diabetes educators will apply a professional continuous glucose monitor which you will wear for 14 days. The monitor provides glucose readings every five minutes which give us important information that will be used to make treatment decisions to help improve your glucose control. Personal continuous glucose monitor training is provided to patients who purchase their own monitor.
Individual Nutrition Counseling
Medical nutrition therapy is provided for any medical condition and includes one follow-up visit. Assistance is provided for conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Digestive disorders
- Elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides
- Kidney disease
- Weight management
If you are interested in diabetes education or individual nutrition counseling, ask your physician to fax us a referral at (251) 639-2070. Please check with your health insurance provider for benefits and co-pays.
Services are provided in the Diabetes Center located in Ascension Providence Medical Office Building D, Suite 436, adjacent to Ascension Providence.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call (251) 266-1987.