Diabetes Management at Good Shepherd Longview
Take charge of diabetes and protect your health

The diabetes programs at Good Shepherd can provide you with tools needed to put you in control of your diabetes. Our team consists of a registered nurse, a certified diabetes educator, an exercise physiologist, a pharmacist, a licensed professional counselor and a registered, licensed dietitian.  The entire staff is experienced in diabetes management and eager to help you improve your health. Most services require a physician’s referral and in most cases are covered by Medicare or private insurance.

Diabetes Self-Management and Education

Our comprehensive program involves individual and group sessions designed to meet your busy lifestyle. Topics include:

  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Acute/chronic complications
  • Hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia
  • Meal planning and healthy eating
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Food label education
  • Medications
  • Physical activity
  • Sick day management
  • Behavior modification
  • Stress reduction and problem solving
  • Goal setting
  • Foot care
  • Reducing risk of complications

Types of Treatment Offered

  • Type 1 Diabetes: The pancreas is not making insulin at all; usually develops in children; people with type 1 must take insulin every day
  • Type 2 Diabetes: The pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the insulin does not work properly; this is the most common form of diabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes: The pregnancy causes an increase in hormones keeping insulin from working properly
  • Pre-Diabetes: Blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes; most people who have type 2 diabetes had pre-diabetes
  • Insulin Start: Some people require insulin to manage their diabetes, given in the form of injections
  • Insulin Pump Therapy: Insulin pumps deliver small amounts of insulin throughout the day and are used in place of daily injections

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical Nutrition involves nutrition counseling provided by a registered, licensed dietitian tailored to the personal needs of the individual with pre-diabetes or diabetes. MNT services are also available for other disease processes, including, but not limited to: obesity, renal disease, hyperlipidemia, GERD, celiac disease, and others.

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