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Pre-diabetes is diagnosed when the blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that education/counseling on lifestyle changes can postpone or prevent the progression from pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin or the cells do not use insulin well, or both.
Step 1 Individual Appointment
At your first appointment, the CDE will review your health history and lifestyle habits. We will provide you with a blood glucose meter and will show you how to use it. The educator can answer some of your questions about diabetes.
Step 2 Class
Topics covered in this 2-hour class will include:
- What is diabetes
- Types of diabetes
- Blood glucose targets
- Benefits of being active
- Dealing with your emotions
- Stress Management
- Healthy Eating
- Carbohydrate Counting
- Reading Food Labels
Step 3 Class
Topics included in this 2-hour class:
- How to reduce the risks of complications
- Benefits of physical activity
- Developing an exercise plan
- Heart healthy eating
Step 4 Individual Appointment
Your diabetes educator will develop with you an individualized plan of care for managing your diabetes: healthy eating, being active, interpreting blood glucose readings, medication, problem-solving, reducing risks of complications and healthy coping.
Additional appointments can be provided as needed.
Follow-Up at the Diabetes Center
We recommend you return to the Edward Diabetes Center at least once a year or sooner if indicated to review and update your diabetes management plan.
Changes in Your Treatment Plan
Type 2 diabetes is progressive and your pancreas makes less insulin over time. Your doctor may intensify the treatment of your diabetes by adding medications that require additional teaching and counseling that we can provide here at the Diabetes Center.
Some type 2 diabetes patients may need to start on insulin. Your healthcare provider can refer you to the Diabetes Center to receive education and counseling on starting insulin or modifying your insulin treatment plan over time as needed. Options are using a syringe and vial of insulin, insulin pens, disposable insulin delivery systems or insulin pumps.