Diabetes

Education


At VMH, we strive to help patients manage their diabetes so that they can live long and healthy lives and avoid serious long-term health problems. Many of the complications of diabetes can be prevented with good blood glucose control. Our nurse, dietitians and exercise physiologists use a team approach to help you develop a personalized diabetes management plan that matches your individual needs. 

We work with people who have: 

  • Type I diabetes 
  • Type II diabetes 
  • Gestational diabetes 
  • Pre-diabetes 

Education sessions with the nurse and dietitian will focus on the American Association of Diabetes Educators’ 7 Self-Care Behaviors, which include healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem-solving, reducing risks and healthy coping.  

What will you learn at your visits? 

  • Understanding diabetes and the different types of diabetes 
  • Individualized nutrition planning 
  • Lifestyle modifications 
  • Knowing your lab values (Hemoglobin A1c, blood glucose) 
  • The symptoms and complications of diabetes  
  • Treatments for diabetes  
  • Blood glucose monitoring  
  • Latest technologies and recommendations 
  • How to give yourself injections of medications if needed 

The VMH Diabetes Education team will help you gain the knowledge you will need to manage your diabetes and live the best life you can. 

Contact Diabetes Education

Call your provider and get a referral to learn more about Diabetes Education services.

Our Diabetic Support Group Meetings are back! Please join us on the last Tuesday of the month in the Medical Office Building Conference Room C (unless otherwise specified) from 3:00-4:00 PM. Masks are required and seats will be spaced out appropriately to ensure physical distancing. The diabetes support group is open to individuals with diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational), prediabetes, and family members or caretakers of individuals with diabetes. 

January 25, 2022
Goal setting in the new year! Join the VMH Registered Dietitians at our kickoff support group session for the year. RDs will help you with developing a plan and setting SMART health goals for the coming year. At each support group session throughout the year, we will be available to check in with you on your goals and keep you moving forward on your 2022 health goals.

CANCELLED due to weather - February 22, 2022
Exercise with Eric. VMH Exercise Physiologist, Eric Thunstedt, will share tips for beginning an exercise program and discuss the benefits of exercise for diabetes and heart health.

March 29, 2022
Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning with the Dietitian. RDs will provide advice on navigating the grocery store as well as developing and sticking to a meal plan.

April 26, 2022
Diabetes Medications. VMH Pharmacist, Dennis, will be sharing what medications are available and how they help treat diabetes.

May 31, 2022
Diabetes and Foot Health. Podiatrist, Dr. Chelstelson, will be presenting on foot health, proper foot care, and the risks associated with diabetes.

June 28, 2022 - Exercise with Eric 
VMH Exercise Physiologist, Eric Thunstedt, will share tips for beginning an exercise program and discuss the benefits of exercise for diabetes and heart health. 

July 26, 2022 - Community Resources and POA's with VMH Social Workers
VMH Social Workers, Michelle and Marsha, will share community resources and assist in completing or updating POA paperwork. 

August 30, 2022 - Gentle Nutrition 
Join VMH Registered Dietitians in a cooking demonstration while also discussing how to incorporate intuitive eating principles into your everyday life. 

September 27, 2022 - Carbohydrate Counting 
VMH Registered Dietitians, Anna and Anna, will discuss the basics of carbohydrate counting as well as share tips on including a variety into meals and snacks. 

October 25, 2022 - Exercise in the Winter Months with Eric
VMH Exercise Physiologist, Eric Thunstedt, will share tips to stay active during the winter months. 

November 29, 2022 - Holiday Eating 
VMH Registered Dietitians will share tips on how to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. 

December - No Support Group, Happy Holidays!

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