Diabetes education is a program where people with diabetes learn to care for themselves in ways that will help them manage this lifelong disease. Diabetes requires adjustment to the treatment plan as time goes on. Each individual has choices in how to manage their blood sugars to optimize their health. Diet, blood sugar testing, exercise, body weight and medications can be used to keep blood sugars at target. When and how each individual uses these tools is their choice. Working with clients to create a plan for their diabetes that they can maintain is our goal.
You can benefit from our program if you are:
How the Program Works:
- Newly diagnosed with diabetes
- Having high blood sugar readings or a high hemoglobin A1C, and need to reassess your diabetes care
- Deciding to start insulin or other diabetes medication
The diabetes educator and dietitian will meet with you individually to get to know you and your current diabetes care. Subsequent appointments will focus on your progress and needed modifications to help you achieve your goals. Group classes are offered for those newly diagnosed. Most insurances, including Medicare and DSHS, include a Diabetes Education benefit. Please contact your plan for coverage details.
We have a professional Continuous Glucose Monitor, which is worn for 7 days and takes a blood sugar every 5 minutes to help make insulin adjustments. This is covered by most insurances.
The diabetes education office is located on the first floor of the hospital building. The office is in the Physical Therapy area, adjacent to the lobby. Please register prior to your appointment in the hospital lobby.
We offer a monthly meeting, with a variety of topics and speakers. All are welcome, and there is no fee. Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at Seaport Landing Recreation Room, 1201 Hancock St. in Port Townsend. We meet from 12:00- 1:00 pm.
Amber Benner, RN, CDE 360-385-2200, ext. 1240