Phelps Memorial Diabetes Education
Outpatient and Self-Management Program
Outpatient Diabetes Education
Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems of our time. Our education program, taught by a skilled healthcare team specializing in diabetes, teaches you everything you need to know about managing your diabetes so you can live a healthier life. Participants have experienced reduced hemoglobin A1c levels and are more confident in their ability to manage their diabetes.
What You Will Learn
This multi-part course is offered at various times to accommodate individual schedules. Family members and significant others are welcome to attend at no additional cost. For those with special needs, we offer individual instruction as needed. The charge for this program is billed directly to your medical insurance and is covered by many plans.
- An understanding of diabetes and how it affects your body
- Blood glucose monitoring and how to use the results
- Healthy eating habits
- Monitoring your medications
- Importance of exercise and activity
- Early detection and prevention of complications
What You Should Know
- More than 25.8 million Americans have diabetes
- 8.3% of the population are undiagnosed
- More than 115,000 Nebraskans have diabetes
- People often have only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all
- Uncontrolled diabetes is the:
- 7th leading cause of death
- leading cause of blindness
- leading cause of kidney failure
- leading cause of amputations
- The risk for stroke or heart attack is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes
What You Should Do
The American Diabetes Association recommends good blood glucose (blood sugar) control. You can achieve this by following a treatment plan that results in a daily blood glucose average of 150 or lower, and a hemoglobin A1c (three-month average) of 7 percent. You can reduce your risk of blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage by 50 percent to 75 percent with near-normal blood glucose control.
In order to succeed, motivation and education are key!
Our Diabetes Education Program is in conjunction with BryanHealth which is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.
Contact for More Information
Jenny Spaulding, RN, CDE - 308.995.2172
Karen Bunnell, RD, LMNT - 308.995.2881