Today, 24 million Americans are living with diabetes and 57 million more are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. “Even though diabetes can seem overwhelming, there is support for every patient,” says Jackie Wilkinson, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. “It is my job to make sure that every patient gets the attention and care they need and deserve to live a long and happy life with diabetes.”
This January (2018), Upland Hills Health will be launching our Diabetes Self Management Program (DSMP), accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Patients recently diagnosed with diabetes, or who have not received diabetes education, will be eligible for 10 hours of diabetes education, in both individual and group settings, covering a wide variety of topics including general nutrition, meal planning, grocery store navigation, basic food prep, blood sugar monitoring, treatment of high and low blood sugar, sick day management, foot care, long term complication management, emotional aspects/coping strategies, physical activity, and much more.
“We ask our diabetic patients to do so much,” says Jackie, “from checking blood sugars multiple times per day to completely changing how they eat to remembering to take medications, all while trying to have a good outlook on this difficult condition. We need to provide support and education for our patients to thrive and that is where the Diabetes Self Management Program comes in.”
If you are interested in learning more about the DSMP, ask your Primary Care Provider. The DSMP requires a provider referral for insurance reimbursement. Most insurance companies will cover most, if not all, the costs associated with Diabetes Self Management Education; however if you have questions, your insurance company can answer them most accurately.