Diabetes is a chronic disease in which your blood sugar levels are higher than normal because your body is unable to make enough insulin or use it properly. If not carefully monitored, diabetes can lead to other serious problems like heart and kidney disease, stroke, blindness, and amputation.
The Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center at CentraState Medical Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the national standard in diabetes education. The center can help you control your blood sugar and the side effects at any stage, whether you are at risk for diabetes, have just been diagnosed with prediabetes or have been living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes for years.
A blood sugar and glucose test at the Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center can report whether you are at risk, have prediabetes or diabetes.
If a risk is identified, our diabetes educators can provide tools and programs to stop or stall the onset of diabetes.
The Diabetes Prevention Program offers you the support of a health coach to work toward modest lifestyle changes that may cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half. The program consists of 16 weekly sessions that provide practical tips regarding long-term dietary change, increased physical activity, on-going support for weight loss, and stress management. You’ll also have monthly follow up meetings for one year and the support of others trying to make the same changes. Medicare may cover this year-long program.
Individuals can meet for a one-on-one assessment with a diabetes educator, who will review your medical history, teach blood glucose monitoring, perform a foot exam that will assess sensitivity, and provide preliminary meal planning guidance.
Our certified diabetes educators (registered nurses and dietitians) will work closely with you and your physician to create a diabetes management program that meets your unique needs including weight loss, meal plans, and support.
Diabetes education is one of the cornerstones of diabetes treatment. In fact, studies show that people have significantly high success rates in controlling their diabetes when medically monitored and properly educated on disease management. Research has also found that people at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, including those who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, can prevent the progression of diabetes with proper diet and exercise.
The diabetes education program at the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center is designed to help you understand your diabetes diagnosis and develop management strategies. While each patient’s journey is different, the ultimate goal is to reduce your risk of long-term complications and help you live a healthier life.
After the initial assessment, we recommend participation in group education classes including:
- Individualized meal and fitness plans
- Monitoring, medications, and risk reduction
- Self-care and stress management
A follow-up visit is scheduled to review the goals you’ve accomplished and ensure you are responding appropriately to treatment.
The center also offers instructions on insulin administration and pumps, individual nutrition consultations, and gestational diabetes education.
Controlling your blood sugar is the key to preventing diabetes complications. Once diagnosed with diabetes, learning to control it with medication and lifestyle changes can be challenging. A primary care physician can help you manage the disease and can refer you to diabetes educators and certified health coaches at CentraState for additional management tools, resources, and support.
The Novo Nordisk Diabetes Pump Program provides special insulin pump classes presented by a registered nurse and a registered dietitian. Topics include:
- An in-depth discussion of diabetes
- The function of insulin when produced by the pancreas versus the insulin pump
- The benefits and risks of the insulin pump
- The signs, causes and treatment of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia
- Prevention of DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis)
- Sick day management
- Nutritional management, including carbohydrate counting.
A physician prescription/referral from your health care provider is required. After the class, we assist patients in starting their insulin pump during a separate visit to the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center.
Diabetes can cause nerve damage and poor blood circulation, which can make the feet vulnerable to ulcers (sores) and other problems. If you have diabetes, it’s very important to see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can help you manage issues before they become more serious, which can significantly reduce the risk of amputation.
Physicians specializing in podiatric medicine and surgery are key members of the multidisciplinary team at the Central Jersey Wound Treatment Center located at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus. They work with advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, and other physician specialists, including general, vascular, and plastic surgeons. Together, they help diagnose and treat non-healing wounds and ulcers resulting from diabetes.
Our goal is to keep you and your baby safe and healthy. If you are an expectant mother with gestational diabetes, our diabetes educators will provide you with an individualized meal plan and teach you how and when to test your blood sugar. A physician referral or prescription is required to schedule this two-hour appointment.
It is recommended that you also schedule a follow-up appointment after delivery to help reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
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