Nearly ten percent of the the population of the United States has diabetes. When left untreated or mismanaged, diabetes can result in serious complications and premature death. Generations at Oakton has experienced nurses to provide help with all aspects of managing diabetes including: blood glucose monitoring, insulin administration and tracking, exercise plan, menu planning, education, and more.
What is Diabetes Management?
There are two main types of diabetes, called type 1 and type 2. Both affect a person’s ability to produce and use insulin, the hormone that controls glucose (sugar). Diabetes causes a buildup of sugar in the blood and leaves your cells without the fuel they need. Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart.
- Type 1 Diabetes: With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. It requires daily insulin shots or an insulin pump. Your nurse will teach you and your family how to give yourself the insulin shots and help you establish a schedule that coordinates your medication and your meals.
- Type 2 Diabetes: With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or the cells are unable to use the insulin that is made. Type 2 diabetes can be treated by diet, with pills, and/or many people with type 2 diabetes also take insulin.
Whichever medications you take you must remember to follow the doctor’s instructions.
Your prescribed plan of care will include how often your blood sugar needs to be monitored, what medications will be used to treat your diabetes, and with a healthy diet.
Who Should Participate in Diabetes Management?
Individuals with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes should participate to reduce the acute and chronic complications of this disease.
Why Choose Generations at Oakton for Diabetes Management?
Generation at Oakton’s Diabetes Treatment program has reduced hospital readmission rates since its inception in January 2012. Our program includes:
- Pre- and post-assessments done for positive outcomes
- Multidisciplinary team involved in educating patients and family members
- Patient hands-on education
- Dietary management
- Physician/specialist consultations
- Wound care physician and nurse available as needed
- Physician and Nurse Practitioner to oversee program and communicate with primary care physician
- Additional at-home follow up to avoid rehospitalization
Our Interdisciplinary Team
At Generations at Oakton, our clinical care staff works with a team of experienced healthcare professionals including:
- Nurse Practitioners
- Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists
The interdisciplinary team designs a customized program based on your personal health goals, followed by ongoing support for a successful outcome.