Diabetes Management Program
Learn how to live better with diabetes
Diabetes doesn't have to keep you from living a full and active life, but staying healthy does requires learning about the disease and making certain lifestyle changes. San Ramon Regional Medical Center's Diabetes Management Program is designed to help you do that.
With our team of diabetes educators, you will learn about blood sugar control and how diabetes can affect your body when it isn’t carefully managed. We'll teach you the importance of lifestyle choices in controlling the disease, such as modifying how you eat and keeping physically fit. Diabetes can affect many different aspects of your life, and our program will teach you important self-management skills to help keep you healthy.
We encourage family members to participate in the educational sessions as well, so that your family can support you in your commitment to living a healthy and vibrant life with diabetes.
How our program works
We see ourselves as partners in helping you learn how to live the best and healthiest life possible and avoid pitfalls that could lead to serious complications. You're the one in charge of managing your condition, and we are here to help.
San Ramon Regional Medical Center's diabetes educators start by sitting down with you and assessing your particular needs and concerns. We work with you to identify lifestyle goals and develop a plan to help you meet them. We know this team approach makes a difference in how our patients feel about and manage their conditions — we've seen it work!
Our program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association, which assures that it meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.
Some of the topics covered within the Diabetes Management Program include:
- Meal planning: We'll teach you how to regulate your medications and meals to help maintain good blood glucose and lipid levels. Our nutritional guidance will help you incorporate meal planning into your lifestyle in a way that is safe, convenient and easy to do in your daily life.
- Exercise: An active lifestyle is an important part of helping your body manage glucose levels. Your educator will explain guidelines for making a habit of regular, basic exercise and will teach you how and why you should adjust your medication and food intake to accommodate your increased physical activity.
- Stress management: Participants will learn the importance of stress management in staying healthy and will learn tactics to relieve stress in their daily lives.
- Medication management: If you're on diabetes medication, counselors will explain the benefits and potential side effects of your medications, as well as the best way to take it to stabilize your glucose levels.
- Insulin education: Patients on insulin management will learn the ins and outs of this important — potentially life-saving — treatment, including information about insulin injections, insulin pump therapy, carbohydrate counting and hypoglycemia prevention.
- Blood glucose monitoring: A key to good diabetes management is consistent self-monitoring of blood glucose levels. You will learn how to use meters to test your blood glucose, interpret the results and what actions to take when the reading shows your blood sugar is too low or too high.
- Prevention and treatment of potential complications: Complications of diabetes can impair your quality of life, but many may be avoided. You will learn which health habits are especially important in diabetes management, such as the proper care of skin, feet, teeth and gums and getting regular medical, dental and eye checkups.
- Problem-solving: The Diabetes Management Program will help you develop positive problem-solving skills to help you deal with the daily demands of diabetes. You'll learn how to spot early warning signs of problems and learn the basics of how hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) are treated.
Who can benefit?
Though diabetes today is often a very manageable condition, it is a complex and potentially deadly disease requiring time, planning and commitment by the people who live with it. Our program can equip you with some of the tools you need to stay active and healthy and avoid complications. San Ramon Regional Medical Center's Diabetes Management Program can benefit people with the following conditions:
- Newly diagnosed diabetes
- Previously diagnosed diabetes
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
Join us, and take charge of your health!
To get the benefits of San Ramon Regional Medical Center's Diabetes Management Program, contact your primary care physician or endocrinologist to request a referral. You must have a doctor's referral to enroll. The program is covered by most insurances providers.
To make an appointment, contact Barbara Reis, Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian, at (925) 275-6018.