Our comprehensive diabetes program is designed for those with Type I, Type II, or gestational diabetes. Whether you were just diagnosed or have been managing diabetes for a while, Hancock Health offers the treatment and support you need to live a healthy, balanced life.
Diabetes affects the endocrine system, the part of your body that produces and regulates hormones. Our endocrinology team can help you with effective insulin and blood sugar management, as well as treat endocrine conditions and hormonal irregularities.
The effects of diabetes on the endocrine system can lead to various complications:
- Hyperglycemia: Elevated blood sugar levels that damage blood vessels and nerves over time.
- Cardiovascular issues: Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems due to the damage to blood vessels.
- Kidney damage: High blood sugar levels can damage the kidneys’ filtering units, leading to diabetic nephropathy and potential kidney failure.
- Vision problems: Elevated blood sugar can damage the blood vessels in the eyes, potentially causing vision impairment.
- Hormonal imbalances: Diabetes can disrupt the balance of other hormones in the endocrine system, leading to complications like sexual dysfunction, changes in appetite, and more.
We’ll help you understand your condition and give you the tools to manage your health—leaving you feeling better and living a healthier life.
Treatment and education go hand in hand when managing blood sugar levels. With the right tools and training, you can greatly minimize the long-term risk of complications from diabetes, such as nerve, kidney, and eye damage. Our diabetes self-management training (DSMT) helps patients learn about the disease and manage it with lifestyle adjustments, from diet and exercise to goal setting and stress management. We also walk patients through the process of self-monitoring blood glucose and administering injectables.
The complete education program for those with newly diagnosed diabetes includes the initial assessment and all four of the group classes. Both day and evening DSMT class times are available. We recommend that you attend each class to ensure that you receive all relevant material.
- Class 1: Diabetes Disease Process
- Class 2: Nutrition Management for Diabetics
- Class 3: Medications & Potential Complications
- Class 4: Monitoring & Exercise
Before registering for DSMT, patients must attend a 90-minute assessment with a diabetes educator to develop a personalized care plan. We recommend getting a physician’s referral for this process, which is required for insurance reimbursement.
Call our Greenfield location at (317) 468-4379 or our McCordsville location at (317) 335-6898 to schedule your initial assessment or to learn more about diabetes care at Hancock Health.
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