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The Regional Diabetes Center provides high-quality diabetes and self-management skills training to improve the quality of health and life of people living with diabetes in our region.
We believe education is a key component in effective control and management of diabetes. With proper education, people with poorly controlled diabetes can regain control and minimize the risk of future complications. People with long-standing diabetes can learn new techniques to maintain good glycemic control and regain motivation to follow their self-management plans.
Our services are outlined below. For more information or appointments, please call 800-965-5705.
Self-Management Education Classes
Insulin Administration Training
Insulin Pump Training
Blood Glucose Monitoring
Diabetes Risk Assessments
Children's Campership Program
The Seven County Diabetes Network
Diabetes Drop-in Day
For more information on Diabetes, please see our Diabetes Links.
Our nurse educators and dietitians are available for one-on-one sessions with patients who have specific knowledge and/or skills training needs.
We offer Diabetes Self-Management group classes throughout our region to give people the knowledge and skills to assist in achieving optimal control of their diabetes. The course is appropriate for people with long-standing diabetes as well as those with recent onset. The program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association and meets all quality-of-care standards. A physician referral is required and the service is covered by most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. A support person is encouraged to attend at no additional cost.
We offer individualized nutrition instruction based on current national standards. Dietary intervention for the treatment of high blood sugar levels and other special needs such as weight and lipid management is the initial step in treating these problems. Early nutrition education may postpone the need for medications and other costly treatments.
Getting started with insulin therapy requires skills training and confidence building. Individual training is available to those individuals new to this type of therapy.
Learn the skills needed to successfully use an insulin pump with individual education from a trainer. Carbohydrate counting, an important component in achieving good control on the pump, is taught by a registered dietitian. Individualized instruction is also available for those individuals wishing to use insulin pen therapy.
This is an intensive program for children with diabetes and their parents. It provides the information and skills necessary for the family to integrate diabetes self-management into their lifestyle. Independence and confidence are gained as the child and parents assume progressive responsibility for diabetes management with close daily guidance from the staff. This can often shorten the hospital stay when a new diagnosis has been made. We also provide linkage to the school-based staff for continued monitoring.
Blood glucose monitoring is a cornerstone of diabetes self-management. Instruction in the proper use of a meter, evaluation of meter accuracy and patient technique, as well as patterns of testing and interpretation of data are provided.
We also offer continuous glucose monitoring sensor therapy. This includes a 72-hour monitoring device that can assist and reveal difficult glucose control issues. This service provides patients and their health care provider with in-depth blood glucose information on a continuous basis. The results are then interpreted, shared with your healthcare provider, and adjustments in therapy may result.
Indications for this service include:
A physician referral is required and patients are advised to verify coverage with their health plans. Appointments are conveniently scheduled.
Sharing, support, and problem-solving are important components of our quarterly support group meetings. Groups are available to address general diabetes topics of interest.
Diabetes risk assessments are available throughout our service area for individuals who are concerned they may have diabetes or are at high risk.
To take the Diabetes Risk Test, please click here.
The Regional Diabetes Center Campership Fund gives children with diabetes the opportunity to attend a specialized camp where they will discover more about their condition and learn they're not all that different from their friends and siblings. Here, not only do campers have diabetes, so do many of the counselors. All camps are based on a positive approach to living with diabetes. Campers are exposed to new methods of diabetes self-management, coping strategies and new technologies.
Children ages 6 to 16 may apply for Campership funds by submitting an essay to be judged by our Center's certified diabetes educators. The Campership program was created by the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation through the generosity of Joe and Janet McDowell of Chestertown.
For more information or an application form, please call (518) 926-2613.
To make a gift in support of the Campership Fund, please give online or send your git to:
Diabetes Campership Fund
Glens Falls Hospital Foundation
126 South Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
If you are at high risk for developing diabetes or have pre-diabetes, we offer a program giving you the tools to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.
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