Diabetes Education…Why is it important?
Diabetes is a chronic lifelong disease that can be treated but not cured.
Blood sugar can be measured to determine your diabetes control. You will feel better when your blood sugar is under control. However, treatment should not only control blood sugar, but also prevent serious and possibly life-threatening complications of diabetes.
Possible Long-Term Complications of Diabetes
- Loss of vision
- Loss of kidney function
- Heart disease
- Foot ulcers
- Amputation of lower extremities
- Gastrointestinal dysfunction
- Loss of feeling in extremities
- Sexual dysfunction
- Gum disease
Our team approach to diabetes education can provide you with general information about diabetes and assist with issues such as diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications. We follow the American Diabetes Association standards of care and make recommendations based on these standards.
Why Should I Join?
- We work with your physician and others on your health care team to optimize your medication therapy.
- We have pharmacists and dietitians specially trained in diabetes who care about your health.
- We provide training on self-care techniques including: foot care, sick day management, proper dental, eye and skin care.
- We provide tailored education to suit your needs.
- We monitor your blood pressure, weight, and foot health.
- We download your blood sugar readings, assess blood sugar patterns and communicate these to your physician.
How Does the Program Work?
When you enroll in the program, you will attend four classes with a clinical pharmacist and/or dietitian.
How Do I Sign Up for the Program?
You can call or come to one of our Kerr Drug stores where the diabetes education program is offered (Chapel Hill and Fuquay-Varina). Click here for our store locator. You can also have your doctor refer you to the program.
Diabetes Education Classes
Class 1: Introduction to Diabetes
- Receive a FREE blood sugar meter
- What is diabetes?
- Signs and symptoms of high and low blood sugar
- Complications of diabetes
Class 2: Blood Sugar Monitoring, Medications, and Foot Care
- Monitoring your blood sugar
- Medications to treat diabetes
- How to take care of your feet
Class 3: Nutrition and Grocery Store Shopping
- Diabetes and nutrition
- Carbohydrate counting
- Reading a nutrition label
- Food pyramid
- Developing a meal plan
Class 4: Caring for Yourself with Diabetes
- Receive a FREE pedometer
- Sick day management
- Ketone testing
- Eating for a healthy heart
- Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure
- Changing behaviors
- Setting goals for yourself