Individualized Care, Ongoing Support
The centerpiece of the program is our series of classes that teach people with diabetes how to better manage their health. Prior to taking a class, the patient meets with our specialized diabetes educators in a one-on-one appointment. Follow-up appointments are held three to six months after attending a class to assess progress and review the goals set the initial visit. When completed, patients are well equipped to manage their diabetes and not have it manage them.
The American Diabetes Association has identified the following topics as important:
- Diabetes disease process
- Physical activity
- Monitoring/using results
- Acute complications
- Chronic complications
- Goal setting and problem solving
- The impact of diabetes on your life
- Preconception care for pregnancy and diabetes and gestational diabetes
We further encourage patients to attend the diabetes support and education group that meets monthly at Methodist Hospitals’ Midlake Campus. Patients who have a doctor’s order may schedule a one-on-one appointment with a registered dietician for Medical Nutrition Therapy.
Methodist Hospitals Diabetes Services
Southlake Campus: Pavilion D, 303 East 89th Ave. • Merrillville, IN 46410 • 219-738-5802
Northlake Campus: 600 Grant Street • Gary, IN 46402 • 219-886-4444