Being diagnosed with diabetes can be scary. Your physician has told you that you need to take steps to control your blood sugar, but you may not know where to start. How can you modify your lifestyle to manage your diabetes and protect your long-term health? MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center's Diabetes Self-Management Program has the information and support you need.
Diabetes Self-Management Program
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), more Americans die each year from complications related to diabetes than they do from AIDS and breast cancer combined. The good news is that a person’s lifestyle choices, particularly healthy eating, regular exercise, and medication, can help manage diabetes effectively. The first step toward living well with diabetes is learning what you can do to help control it – and that’s where the hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Program comes in.
Now part of the MedStar Diabetes Institute, our ADA-certified program is staffed by certified diabetes educators and offers assessments, education, and support designed to empower people who have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, have never attended a self-management program, or are struggling to control their blood sugar levels. The hospital's program offers comprehensive, high-quality education about diabetes management, delivered by qualified health professionals on an outpatient basis. The program empowers patients by working with them to design an action plan to take control of their diabetes and prevent complications.
Although many helpful diabetes medications and blood glucose monitoring systems have been developed in recent years, the foundation of managing diabetes symptoms and preventing complications is the patient's own lifestyle behaviors. Therefore, educating patients about the disease process, how to deal with it, and how to adjust their diets accordingly is a crucial part of treatment.
The Diabetes Self-Management Programcovers how to monitor blood glucose and how to adjust medications, food, and physical activities based on those blood sugar results. Assessments and education are provided by a registered dietician. The program also provides personalized diabetes management action plans for participants and their families, ongoing individual and group education, and follow-up with the participants and their primary care physicians.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, please contact us at (301) 877-5560. All are welcome to participate, whether you have been newly diagnosed or are a diabetes veteran. The hospital also holds diabetes support group meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the hospital Multipurpose Room on the ground floor.