Delray Medical Center recently started a new diabetes out-patient program to help patients control diabetes and live longer and healthier lives. The new program, which began September 27, 2009, will enable the hospital’s team of doctors, nurses, dieticians and staff to take a multidisciplinary approach through treatment, education and lifestyle management.
“This new program will help patients with diabetes to keep their condition under control and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Jeff Welch, COO. “Those who participate should experience reduced complications normally associated with their eyes, kidneys, heart and feet.”
Additional patient benefits include learning to perform proper foot exams at home, maintaining healthy levels of blood glucose, learning to control blood glucose while sick or driving, as well as stress reduction techniques.
This educational program is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. Participants will learn about exercise, insulin, complications, medications, blood glucose monitoring, heart healthy eating and other related topics. Free monthly support groups and online education are also available at www.delraymedicalctr.com
Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 23.6 million people in this country living with diabetes, and 24 percent of these are undiagnosed individuals. Each day, more than 4,384 people are diagnosed with diabetes and about one out of every five healthcare dollars is spent caring for a patient who has diabetes.
For more information on Delray Medical Center’s new diabetes program, please contact Delray Medical Center 1-866-573-3589.