At the Diabetes Center at Menorah Medical Center, we understand the worry and hardships that come with the diagnosis of diabetes. We make sure each patient receives not only the best medical care for that individual, but the best emotional support possible. Offering both inpatient and outpatient diabetes care, our nurses and dietitians are dedicated to helping the patients cope and learn how to care for their diabetes.
It is a goal of our staff to empower patients in order to improve control, reduce risk of complications and enhance the quality of life. The purpose and focus of our diabetes education is to do just this.
The Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is certified through the American Diabetes Association. It consists of four scheduled classes over a three-month period.
Our team will teach each patient how to:
- Take care of your diabetes
- Check and record blood glucose levels
- Pattern manage in order to identify patterns in blood glucose levels to decided what to do to achieve the best glucose levels for you
- Make proper food choices for diabetes care
- Count carbohydrates
- Administer proper medication
- Balance food, activities and your diabetes medicine (if you take any)
- Meet physical activity guidelines
- Properly read food labels
To schedule an appointment with our team, please call:
Education for At-Risk Patients
The Diabetes Center at Menorah Medical Center offers comprehensive instruction by a Certified Diabetes Educator (RN) and/or a Registered Dietitian. The class targets those who are at risk for diabetes. Proper meal planning, label reading and exercise/physical activity guidelines to prevent diabetes are a few of the many topics covered in the course.
Class fee is $60. For information and details on how to join the class, please call:
Types of Diabetes
Prediabetes: This includes early stages of diabetes the where pancreas is able to produce insulin but the insulin is not as effective in the body. This causes blood sugars to continue to rise. By testing your hemoglobin A1C, your primary care physician can tell you if you are at high risk for diabetes and are pre-diabetic.
Type 1: Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your pancreas and destroys insulin-producing beta cells. Because of this, the pancreas is unable to produce insulin and regulate glucose levels.
Type 2: Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It accounts for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. Family history, aging, obesity, ethnicity, and a previous history of gestational diabetes are the biggest risk factors.
Gestational Diabetes: If you develop diabetes or high blood sugar during pregnancy, it is known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Some of the risk factors for developing gestational diabetes includes being over 25 years old, a family history of diabetes, having previously had a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds and being of Hispanic or African-American heritage. The goal of treatment is to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level and to make sure your fetus is healthy.
Who Should Get Tested for Diabetes?
Anyone can develop diabetes. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds. But there are some common risk factors for diabetes. These include:
- Family history of diabetes
- Lack of physical activity
- Being overweight
- Being over the age of 45 years
- Being African-American, Native-American, Latino, Asian-American, Asian, Indian or Pacific Islander
- History of gestational diabetes
Screening for Type 2 diabetes is recommended at age 45. However, if you are overweight or have a family history of diabetes, you should be tested regardless of your age.
The best way to find out if you have diabetes is to visit your family physician for a simple blood test. The earlier you know about having the disease, the better — so if you have concerns, speak with a doctor today.
Health Insurance Coverage
Medicare and many health insurance plans cover our diabetes self-management education program. Contact your insurance company for verification of benefits or call our office for assistance.