Diabetes is a serious disease, which, if not controlled, can be life threatening. It is often associated with long-term complications that can affect every system and part of the body.
Diabetes can, among other things, contribute to eye disorders and blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation, and nerve damage. It can affect pregnancy and cause birth defects, as well.
Although diabetes is a chronic and incurable disease (with the exception of gestational diabetes), with proper medical care, clinical therapies, diet, hygiene, and exercise, symptoms and complications can be successfully treated and managed.
Living with Diabetes
Trinity Hospital of Augusta offers Living with Diabetes, a program designed to teach those with Type I, Type II or gestational diabetes the basic skills needed to manage diabetes, including developing a personal food plan and learning how to make informed health care decisions and improving your lifestyle.
To participate in the program, you will need to be referred by your physician. When you have your referral, call 706-481-7535 to schedule a one-hour appointment for an individualized assessment with a diabetes educator (registered nurse or dietitian), who will help you identify your personal health needs and goals.
After your assessment, you are registered to attend the diabetes self-management education classes, offered monthly at Trinity Hospital of Augusta. The program includes a one-hour follow-up with a registered dietitian.
This course will include topics such as:
- Diabetes Disease Process
- Nutritional Management
- Meal Planning
- Monitoring Blood Glucose
- Physical Activity
- Foot Care
- Acute Complications
- Medication or Insulin
- Chronic Complications
- Psychosocial Concerns
- Personal Goal Setting
You will have the opportunity to ask questions and practice any skills you are taught. Lunch is included in the classes. This program is covered by Medicaid/Medicare and most insurance providers. Please check with your provider prior to registration to verify coverage. We will file insurance for you.
For more information on this service, please call our diabetes nurse educator at 706-481-7415. To schedule an appointment, please call 706-481-7535.