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Diabetes

Diabetes Services at Mission Health

The Diabetes Center at Mission Health is here to help our clients live well with diabetes.

Patient-Centered with a Team Approach

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with diabetes, The Diabetes Center at Mission Health is here to help. Our goal is simple - to help our patients manage their diabetes well.
 
Our team of endocrinologists, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered nurses, and dietitians provide education and support while empowering our clients to create their own unique diabetes treatment plan.     
 
The Diabetes Center offers our patients a collaborative approach coordinating care both in and out of the hospital.   Long after being diagnosed with diabetes, The Diabetes Center will be here to share in the common goal along with your provider to give you outstanding care.

The Diabetes Center does require a physician referral. If you have an interest in being referred, we can guide you regarding how to talk with your doctor about making the referral happen. Call today -  (828) 213-4700.


Download our helpful booklet "A Guide To Managing Diabetes"

Diabetes Education 

About The Diabetes Self-Care Course

Beginning with a personal one-on-one education assessment, followed by a series of five group classes, you will learn vital information about diabetes self-care in this course. Topics include:

  • How to successfully monitor your blood glucose levels
  • How medicine used for diabetes works in your body
  • How to balance nutrition and meal planning
  • Proper foot care
  • The role of exercise in diabetes
  • The effect of stress on your blood glucose level and how to manage it

Individual Diabetes Consultations

You may set up an individual consultation regarding any topic related to diabetes self-care. We encourage you to bring members of your family or close friends to these consultations. It's important to have the support of those around you.

Gestational Diabetes Course

These small group consultations are designed to educate and guide women who have diabetes during pregnancy. You will learn how to monitor your glucose levels and manage your nutrition in order to keep your own body and your baby healthy.

Insulin Pump Training

The insulin pump course offers individual consultations about topics including:

  • Help with choosing an insulin pump that is right for you
  • Insulin pump practice and proper use
  • Advanced features of the pump

To learn more or sign up for these diabetes programs, call (828) 213-2222, option 2.


Download our helpful booklet "A Guide To Managing Diabetes"

Outpatient

Just like any chronic disease, diabetes can seem overwhelming. Our outpatient team of experts will help you understand how diabetes affects you and the actions you can take to live well. 

Inpatient

Managing a patient’s blood glucose in the hospital setting can be a challenge because factors such as infections, surgical procedures and medications can significantly alter blood glucose levels. Mission’s inpatient diabetes team aims to stabilize blood glucose levels while in the hospital and provide diabetes education and guidance for diabetes self-management when the patient is discharged. The inpatient diabetes team consists of two distinct consultative services. 
 
Advanced Practitioners- Nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide blood glucose medical management by adjusting insulin and other diabetes medications for patients while they are in the acute setting. They also provide guidance and direction for medical management as patients are discharged from the hospital. The Advance Practitioners provide a crucial link maintaining consistent glucose control and oversight throughout heart surgery, chemotherapy, dialysis, or any other situation our patient’s may experience.   
 
Nurse Clinicians- RN Certified Diabetes Educators teach our patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes or have other teaching needs such as insulin injections or meal planning. The clinicians provide diabetes education for any patient whether Type 1, Type 2, adult, pediatric or gestational.  The clinicians provide maintenance, quality, and safety oversight for insulin plans, protocols and also provide education to nursing staff at Mission hospital and all member hospitals.

Diabetes Management

Diabetes education and support can mean the difference between a healthy life and one cut short or diminished by the many serious problems caused by diabetes. Mission Hospital's Diabetes Management program provides the educational foundation and tools you need to take charge of the condition.

Since 1994, our program has received the certificate of recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for meeting the national standards of diabetes self-management education. This means exceptional support for you and other members of our community who struggle with diabetes.

Services and resources available to you:

  • Diabetes education
  • Support groups for adults and children
  • Health screenings
  • Pediatric diabetes

Download our helpful booklet "A Guide To Managing Diabetes"

Frequently Asked Questions

The following resources from our Health Library will provide quick answers to common questions that may help you manage your diabetes:

Download our helpful booklet "A Guide To Managing Diabetes"

Diabetes Topics

Click here to view articles from our health blog covering a variety of topics related to diabetes.


Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool

Click here to view and complete a Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Test provided by the American Diabetes Association.