The Diabetes Education Department at Fairview Range Medical Center offers self-care management education to people of all ages who have diabetes and their families. The purpose of the Diabetes Education Department is to:
There's a lot to know about diabetes. By taking a team approach the Diabetes Education Department at Fairview Range Medical Center helps people with diabetes live fulfilling and active lifestyles.
More than 9 out of 10 cases of diabetes are type 2. Its main causes are heredity, obesity, inactive lifestyle and advancing age. Obesity in particular decreases the body's ability to use insulin effectively. A healthy diet, regular exercise, self-management education and monitoring can often control type 2 diabetes. Also, women who develop gestational diabetes are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
A person my have type 2 diabetes for an average of 8 to 10 years before it is diagnosed. Common symptoms include:
■ Excessive thirst
■ Frequent urination
■ Increased hunger
■ Unexplained weight loss
■ Blurred vision
■ Frequent infections
■ Dry, itchy skin
■ Sexual dysfunction
■ Numbness in hands or feet
■ Cuts or sores that are slow to heal
The high glucose levels in the bloodstream accelerate the complications often associated with diabetes. These include:
■ Heart disease
■ Kidney disease
Based on individual lifestyle, needs and challenges, people with diabetes can learn to balance exercise, meals and medications with self-monitoring to manage their diabetes successfully. Our team of nurses, dietitians and pharmacists are here to help.
The Diabetes Education Department, located at Fairview Range Medical Center, provides services to people of all ages who are affected by diabetes. Services are available for inpatients and outpatients. Home care visits also are available through Fairview Range Home Medical Equipment for qualifying individuals. Physician referrals are encouraged but are not necessary.
For more information about the Diabetes Education Department, call 218-362-6224 or 888-870-8626, Ext. 6224.
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