Diabetes Self-Management

The CMC Diabetes Self-Management Program provides individual and group outpatient diabetes self-management training. It follows  American Diabetes Association guidelines. All patients are seen initially for an individual visit (1 hour) by diabetes educator and placed in group class.  Patients with special needs are seen individually receiving the same topic materials as in group sessions.

The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  These hours are flexible based on patient needs.  For patients with insulin pumps, other insulin or diabetes related issues, educators can be reached by cell phone when the department is closed.

 

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease with no cure and a silent killer with many people having had type 2 diabetes for several years before diagnosis.  As a result of uncontrolled diabetes many people develop diabetic complications:

  • Blindness – Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the country, resulting 12,000-24,000 persons losing their sight each year.
  • Kidney disease – Diabetes is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease,  accounting for about 40 percent of all new cases.
  • Amputations and heart disease – Diabetes is the most frequent cause of non-traumatic amputation in the country. The risk of lower extremity amputations is 15-40 times greater for a person with diabetes. People with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to have heart disease and stroke, which accounts for about 75 percent of diabetes-related deaths.  Direct and indirect expenditures related to diabetes are $245 billion annually.
  • Neuropathy – Neuropathy (nerve damage) is the most common and more noticeable side effect of diabetes, and in most cases irreversible.

There continues to be an epidemic of diabetes in this country.  We have seen diabetes increase to an all-time high of almost 29 million nationwide. In Tennessee, diabetes has steadily increased to 10.2 percent of the population, which is above the national average of 9.3 percent, according to the American Diabetes Association. 

Dedication and Professionalism

The program provides education and training by certified diabetes educators with over 20 years experience.  This gives the patient the knowledge and skills to control his/her diabetes.

The program also provides an effective avenue for primary care providers to educate their patients regarding diabetes.  This allows the doctors and their staff more valuable time to focus on medical aspects of the patient visit.  Everyday physicians refer their patients with diabetes to our program.  By referring their patients, they see a number of positive results including: 

  • Improved blood sugar levels
  • Reduced risk of developing complications
  • Weight loss
  • Overall positive behavior change through lifestyle modification
  • And More!

Diabetes educators are available 24/7 when patients are started on insulin or insulin pumps.  (Cell phone numbers are provided) This decreases the frequency of diabetic acute complications i.e. hypo or hyper events.

The Diabetes Services Department can be contacted by calling (931) 459-7164, physician referral is required and the diabetes staff can assist with that process.  If you have diabetes, call today.

 

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