About Our Diabetes Management Program
Effective Management Is Key to Diabetes Control
Using the educational information offered through Bayshore's Diabetes Self-Management program, patients can learn how to successfully take control of their diabetes to prevent complications and maximize their health outcome.
This comprehensive program teaches patients how to control, and healthfully live with, either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
The Bayshore Diabetes Self-Management Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for quality self-management education.
A prescription from a physician is required to participate in the Diabetes Self-Management program, and most health insurances cover this curriculum.
Upon enrollment, an individualized assessment is completed and a customized educational plan is devised. All instruction is provided by certified diabetes educators and registered dieticians. Participants and their families are offered individual and group classes on the following topics:
- Overview of diabetes and treatment options
- Incorporating nutritional management into lifestyle
- Physical activity
- Use of medication
- Monitoring blood sugar levels
- Preventing, detecting and treating acute and chronic complications
- Developing personal strategies to address psychosocial issues, promote health and affect behavioral changes
Individual follow-up classes are offered, focusing more in-depth on the topics noted above, with the entire program conducted over an 8 –10 week period. A summarized report of progress is sent to the patient's physician upon completion.
Monitoring for Prevention of Complications
Program participants learn how to become expert in the three basic skills for proper diabetes control:
- Detection – recognizing symptoms of high or low blood sugar level, before it escalates out of control.
- Prevention – identifying adverse patterns of behavior and learning how to alter them for improved blood sugar control.
- Treatment – knowing how to treat symptoms to bring blood sugar level back into the target range.
Did You Know…
- that obesity and Type 2 diabetes are closely linked? Fast food, sedentary lifestyles, and increased TV watching time can result in chronic high blood sugar levels seen with poorly controlled Type 2 diabetes.
- diabetes continues to be the number one cause of new blindness, kidney disease and amputation?
Free Health Screenings Offered
The following screenings, conducted throughout the year by Bayshore's Community Health Education Department, are held at both Bayshore Hospital and the Meridian Fitness & Wellness Center in Hazlet:
- Diabetes retinopathy
- Foot screening
- Body mass index
- Blood pressure and pulse
- Bone density
- Glucose level
- Stroke risk assessment
- Bayshore Community Hospital, 727 North Beers Street, Holmdel, NJ 07733
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