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Diabetes and Nutrition Education

If you have diabetes, naturally, you have a lot of questions. Diabetes Education at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center provides you with useful information and helps you to keep your diabetes under control.

Estimates report that nearly 11 million people have diabetes, the inability to burn up sugars that have been ingested. Fortunately, diabetes can be controlled and you can live a very normal life!

Managing diet is important for those living with diabetes. In the past, a diabetic diet focused only on eliminating sugar. Now, other factors must be considered - such as carbohydrate amounts, types of fats, portion sizes and spacing of meals. An improved diet can help improve diabetes control.

The first step to controlling diabetes is understanding it and knowing the symptoms that could lead to  complications. Knowing this can keep you on alert when symptoms develop. Education is the key to better control.

Diabetes education classes held at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center are led by a nurse amd dietitian who are certified diabetes educators. Group sessions, as well as one-on-one sessions, are available. The diabetes education program educates persons living with diabetes on the newest techniques, diets, exercising, therapies and care. Those who have recently been diagnosed can learn how to take better control of their diabetes, which can help prevent complications.

For more information on the diabetes program at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, please contact Diabetes Education at (815) 725-7133, ext. 3224. A physician's order is required.

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