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Diabetes Education

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center diabetes education staff strives to provide quality education, care, and resources to patients, health care professionals, and community members to empower individuals to learn to live well with diabetes.

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Living Well with Diabetes

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have lived with diabetes for many years, we can help you take control.

Since 2005, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Department has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for providing education that aligns with national standards for diabetes patient education. CRMC employs a multidisciplinary approach to offer a range of services for patients with Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Diabetic Support Services

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Diabetes Self-Management Education

Diabetes Self-Management Education offers comprehensive education for individuals newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or those who have not previously received education on the topic. The program covers various essential topics, including the diagnosis of diabetes, nutrition therapy, physical activity, blood glucose monitoring, medications, and both short-term and long-term complications associated with the condition.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a device that aids in diabetes management by providing a continuous record of blood sugar levels over a 72-hour period, akin to a “movie” of your glucose trends. It’s a valuable tool for understanding how food, medication, and physical activity affect blood sugar levels. Additionally, CGM assists your diabetes educator in determining the most effective medication treatment plan for you.

Personal Insulin Pump and Sensor Training

The insulin pump represents the latest technology for patients dependent on multiple daily injections to manage their diabetes. CRMC offers personalized education and management for patients opting for an insulin pump. Our staff are certified insulin pump trainers for all major insulin pump brands.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

A Registered Dietitian is available to assist individuals in creating a personalized meal plan tailored to meet their goals for managing blood glucose levels and weight.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is the clinical term for having uncontrolled blood sugar levels, characterized by two main types: Type 1 and Type 2. Both types result in elevated blood sugar levels, which can lead to various health issues.

What causes diabetes?

Scientists are constantly uncovering clues about the causes of diabetes. While sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition can contribute to Type 2 diabetes, some individuals have a strong genetic predisposition for the condition, even with healthy habits. Research indicates that Type 1 diabetes is linked to genetic traits, and some scientists suggest that environmental factors, like viruses, may also influence its development.

Can diabetes be treated?

Diabetes treatment varies based on the type and severity of the condition. For many Type 2 diabetes patients, managing blood glucose levels involves maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise. Some may require prescription medications or insulin injections to control blood sugar, with medication routines evolving over time. Type 1 diabetes patients typically need insulin injections or other insulin delivery methods, along with additional diabetes medications to maintain good health and prevent complications from high blood sugar.

What are the first signs of diabetes?

Changes in eyesight, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, increased thirst and hunger, excessive tiredness, and blurred vision can be indications of diabetes. While diabetes is a lifelong condition, it can be effectively managed with proper care and treatment.

How does Type 1 differ from Type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a rare autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Without insulin, the body loses its ability to regulate blood sugar levels. In contrast, Type 2 diabetes is more common and occurs when the body either does not produce enough insulin or becomes resistant to its effects. Despite the different mechanisms, both types of diabetes result in high blood glucose levels.

What are the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes?

Risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having a sedentary lifestyle, being over 45 years old, having a family history of the condition, or having had gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

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Brandon's Wallet

In memory of Brandon Houge of Ironton who unexpectedly passed away at age 27 from complications from diabetes. Brandon’s Wallet provides financial assistance to area residents with Type 1 Diabetes.

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