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Self-Management services help fine tune skills

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bigstock-friendly-african-american-medi-49942391Sometimes we think that what we are doing to manage our diabetes is enough, but our blood glucose numbers don’t reflect that. There are health care professionals who specialize in diabetes who can help you figure out what you need to do to better manage your diabetes.

This brings to mind a patient who worked with the educators at the DMS Diabetes Self-Management Education center.

“Sam” was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13. That was more than 20 years ago. At the time of diagnosis, he went through a rigorous two-week education program where he learned about carbohydrate counting and meal planning, blood sugar testing, and how to inject and adjust insulin.

Even though he had been educated a while back and thought he was doing fine, in reality he had forgotten some things that could help him better manage his diabetes. He also was not aware of some of the most recent information regarding the treatment of diabetes.

His A1C level (the three-month average of blood sugar test) has dropped to a normal level and he is feeling better. Just like Sam, working with diabetes educators can help you get back on track and insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid have benefits that cover this service.

Diabetes Management & Supplies offers accredited diabetes education services that can make managing all forms of diabetes easier tasks. The program is accredited by American Association of Diabetes Educator’s Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP). This accreditation means that it meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management. The program focuses on the AADE7™ Self-Care Behaviors which are:

  • Healthy eating
  • Being active
  • Monitoring
  • Taking medication
  • Problem solving
  • Healthy coping
  • Reducing risks

Certified diabetes educators teach patient’s either individually and/or in small group settings. Our registered dietitians also provide medical nutrition therapy for those in need of additional and disease-specific nutritional counseling. For more information on care management needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929 or email an educator at education@diabetesms.com.

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Ordering Supplies and Equipment

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At Diabetes Management & Supplies, we value the part we play on your treatment plan team and realize that winning is promoting good health.