Diabetes affects more than 26 million Americans – nearly 8.3% percent of the nation’s population – and is one of the country’s fastest growing health epidemics. More than one million adults are diagnosed with diabetes each year. There are 79 million cases of Prediabetes in the United States.
Diabetes Management Starts with You
Although diabetes is a chronic and incurable disease (with the exception of gestational diabetes), with proper medical care, clinical therapies, diet, hygiene and exercise, symptoms and complications can be successfully treated and managed.
Living with Type 2 Diabetes
Mat-Su Regional Medical Center offers Diabetes Basics Series, a program designed to teach those with Type 2 diabetes the basic skills needed to manage diabetes, including developing a personal food plan and learning how to make informed health care decisions and improving your lifestyle. The classes are free of charge as a service to our Mat-Su community.
To participate in the program, you will need to be referred by your physician. Your physician may fax the referral to 861-6543 or you may call 861-6885 to ask our Certified Diabetes Educator to request the referral from your healthcare provider.
Our Diabetes Basics Series is taught in 2 class sessions each month. Our CDE Nurse and Dietitian teach the classes. The course topics will include topics such as:
Diabetes Disease Process
Monitoring Blood Glucose
Medication or Insulin
For more information, call our diabetes nurse educator @ 861-6885.
We also offer a Prediabetes class every other month. You can greatly lower your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by adopting healthy lifestyle changes. This class is taught by our Dietitian and is also free of charge. No physician referral is needed. Call 861-6687 for more information on the date, time and location of our next class. The class is offered free of charge as a service to our Mat-Su Community.
Gestational Diabetes Education
On Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. we offer Gestational Diabetes education by physician referral only. Physicians may send GDM referrals to 861-6547 and we will contact the patients to schedule them into the next class available.