Our AADE Nationally Recognized Diabetes Self Management Program is designed to help those with diabetes gain and/or maintain control of their diabetes and to feel good about themselves while doing so. Program participants can choose from either monthly group sessions, individual education sessions, or a combination of both.
Our staff of Certified Diabetes Educators includes a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian. The Program is supervised by and all sessions are led by one of our CDE staff. The goal of the Diabetes Self-Management program is to teach skills that will enable the patient to keep blood glucose levels as close to the normal range as possible. We will work with your physician to help you attain and maintain this goal. Most private insurances and Medicare cover the cost of these services, including your blood glucose monitoring supplies, insulin syringes, etc.
We invite our patients to attend our Diabetes Education Meetings that are held every Thursday in the hospital classroom. Patients must have a doctor's referral in order to attend our weekly classes.
Mrs. Harris received her training at the Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston. She has over 10 years experience in wound care treatment and diabetic foot care. Mrs. McVay is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience. She received her Wound Care Certification in 2015 and Diabetic Wound Care Certification in 2016. Mrs. Harris and Mrs. McVay are passionate about improving the patient's quality of life through wound healing and wound prevention. The Delhi Clinic Diabetic Foot Care Program is committed to reducing the number of foot and leg amputations among diabetic patients that result from complications of Diabetes Mellitus.
The goal of this program is prevention. The PREVENTION focuses on the basic concepts required to make this program a success: screening for sensation, circulation measurements, patient education, & assistance with appropriate footwear selection.
Pre-diabetes is a condition where the body no longer handles ingested carbohydrates or sugars efficiently. It is characterized by elevated fasting blood sugars of 100 to 125 mg/dL (126 mg/dL or greater is considered true diabetes). Pre-diabetes may also be diagnosed if the person’s blood sugar is between 140 and 199 after ingesting a standard glucose load (200 or over is criteria for true diabetes). People with elevated fasting blood sugars are said to have impaired fasting glucose or IFG. Those with elevated blood sugars after eating are said to have impaired glucose tolerance or IGT.
A patient at risk for pre-diabetes, which would include anyone of any age who is overweight, has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or strong history of diabetes should be screened yearly. In addition, anyone over the age of 45 should also have yearly screenings.
It is currently thought that if untreated almost all patients with pre-diabetes will eventually progress to true diabetes. True diabetes carries a terrible price in premature death, heart disease, stroke and blindness. There is mounting evidence that early intervention in patients with pre-diabetes may delay or even prevent onset of true diabetes and many of the diseases associated with it.
The staff of The Richland Aware-ness Campaign (TRAC) are specially trained to teach you the basic principles outlined by the American Diabetic Association regarding the steps that must be taken in patients with pre-diabetes to prevent the advancement of the disease. We will work closely with your doctor and other medical personnel to follow your progress. If your pre-diabetic condition worsens or you are found to have other cardiovascular risk factors, there is an inexpensive medication available that may help prevent the onset of true diabetes and may reduce overall health risks. The staff of The Richland Awareness Campaign will be there for you to provide guidance throughout the entire process. The Richland Awareness Campaign pre-diabetes program is sponsored in part by grant money from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources (Health Resources and Services Administration) and we are able to provide many of the tests needed at no cost to uninsured or underinsured clients. We also have connections with local rural health clinics and tele-health capability with LSU-Shreveport in order to provide further medical guidance and treatment when needed. We are excited to be able to offer our services to anyone regardless of their financial resources.