The DCH Diabetes Center, a Recognized Education Program by the American Diabetes Association, serves as an education and resource facility for people with diabetes and their families. The DCH Diabetes Center is located in the DCH Annex, 600 Bryant Drive, East, across from DCH Regional Medical Center. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The DCH Diabetes Center provides training by nurses and nutritionists in self-management skills for people with diabetes. These skills include control of blood sugar, prevention of diabetes complications and improved self-care skills.
The DCH Diabetes Center focuses on educating those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.
The center's education programs focus on three groups of people who have type 2 diabetes:
Newly diagnosed - people who have recently learned they have diabetes, and have no knowledge of how to live with and manage the
Stepping Toward Control - people who have had diabetes for a while, but have either had no previous education on managing their disease or simply need a refresher.
Gestational diabetes - the expectant mother who has learned she has gestational diabetes. A one-time class is offered to educate moms-to-be on how to manage their condition until the end of the pregnancy.
Anyone can develop diabetes, but you have a greater risk if:
- You are overweight.
- You are female.
- You are over the age of 45.
- You don’t exercise regularly.
- You have a family history of diabetes.
- You are African-American.
- You are a woman who has had a baby weighing nine pounds or more at birth.
Diabetes Lifestyle is a series of classes offered at the DCH Diabetes Center that focuses on goals for diabetes management. In each class session, participants review key concepts for diabetes management, weigh-in, evaluate progress with goals and control of blood sugar and set new behavioral goals. This series is offered in day or evening classes.
In each class session, participants review key concepts for diabetes management, weigh-in, evaluate progress with goals and control of blood sugar and set new behavioral goals.
Classes offered through this series include:
Introduction to Diabetes - for people who are newly diagnosed with diabetes.
Red Class - Medication and Monitoring (checking your blood sugar)
Blue Class - Exercise and Healthy Living
Yellow Class - Carbohydrate Counting and Reading Food Labels
Green Class - Health Heart Eating and Controlling Fat Intake
Diabetes Lifestyle classes are taught several days a week at three different times during the day, including mid-morning, early afternoon and
Physician referral is required. Cost of services provided are covered by Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield and most other insurance plans. Please check with your health insurance provider to determine whether or not the program is covered.
For more information about services offered at the DCH Diabetes Center, call (205)750-5260. Click here to learn more about diabetes.