Diabetes is a lifelong condition. Controlling blood glucose levels promotes a healthier life and reduces the risk of developing complications. Our outpatient diabetes education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and our team offers a comprehensive range of essential clinical services, education opportunities, and wellness programs.
There are four critical times to seek help with diabetes: at diagnosis, yearly, when complicating factors arise, and when transitions in care occur. We recommend meeting with the diabetes educators and registered dietitians at St. Luke’s Nutrition Wellness and Diabetes Center to review your needs. Our services include:
Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT)
A diabetes educator will discuss disease management and risk reduction, review blood glucose monitoring, symptoms and treatment of high and low blood glucose, medication use and side effects, administration of insulin and other injectables, exercise, and healthy coping.
Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)
Our registered dietitians will work with you to review your current eating habits and provide a personalized nutrition plan, including carbohydrate recommendations to help better manage your blood glucose. Additional topics covered include label reading, eating out, portion control, and balancing meals and snacks with oral medication and insulin.
In the first year of diabetes diagnosis, Medicare covers ten hours of DSMT and three hours of MNT. For existing diagnosis, Medicare covers two hours of DSMT and two hours of MNT per year. Most insurance companies provide coverage for diabetes education.
Call 314-205-6483 for more information.