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Medical Care Services

The Diabetes Care Center at St. Patrick Hospital is nationally recognized by the American Association of Diabetic Educators (AADE) and offers an array of services to help promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle for those either newly diagnosed or those having lived with diabetes for many years.

The Diabetes Care Center offers two different programs targeted to help patients based on their individual health needs.

Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT)

Patients who qualify for the Diabetes Self-Management Training are diagnosed Type 1 and 2 diabetics. Services include:

  • Annual follow-ups through individual or group sessions
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Continuous glucose monitor system (CGMS)
  • Individual or group sessions topics:
    - Self monitoring of blood glucose, goals and pattern management
    - Diabetes medications and insulin instruction
    - Hypo and hyperglycemia causes, symptoms and treatment
    - Basics of meal planning, shopping and food preparation
    - Establishing and maintaining an exercise program
    - Sick day management
    - Foot exam and foot care
    - Preventing long-term omplications

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)

Patients who qualify for the Medical Nutrition Therapy are diagnosed Type 1 or Type 2 and gestational diabetics. Non-diabetic(s) seeking education for pre-diabetes prevention, metabolic syndrome, weight management, obese people are also encouraged to enroll. Individual and group session topics include:

  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Individualized diet and exercise program
  • Understanding food labels
  • Modifying recipes