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Diabetes Education

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body needs help turning food into energy. People with diabetes are unable to produce or use insulin, which helps cells process glucose in the body. Without adequate and efficient insulin, those sugars remain in the bloodstream, raising blood-sugar levels and leaving the body without the energy it needs.

There are two types of diabetes, and one special type:

Type 1—The pancreas is unable to produce insulin, and insulin must be used to regulate blood-sugar levels

Type 2—The body produces insulin but is unable to use it efficiently (i.e., insulin resistance). Type 2 diabetes is more common, and its management may or may not include insulin.

Gestational—A special type of diabetes affecting pregnant women.

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with meal planning, exercise and medication.

Diabetes Education and Management Center in Cape Girardeau

The Diabetes Education and Management Center at Saint Francis Medical Center helps people with diabetes effectively manage their health. The Center is staffed with certified diabetes educators who provide classes, information and support to diabetics and their families. Classes cover everything from the diabetic diet to how to gauge normal blood sugar range.

Diabetes Self-Management Training

Diabetes Self-management Training is an educational program designed to help patients and their families successfully manage diabetes. Diabetes Self- management Training is recognized by the American Diabetes Association® for meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-management Education. Training covers the following:

  • Diabetes self-management
  • Preventing diabetes complications
  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Insulin and oral agents
  • Nutrition overview and carbohydrate counting
  • Coping with stress
  • Family involvement
  • Exercise

Diabetes Self-Management training is approved by Medicare and covered by most insurance companies.

The Diabetes Self-management Training program is taught by a team of professionals that includes certified diabetes educators, an exercise specialist and a licensed social worker. This team, in conjunction with a medical advisor for the Diabetes Education and Management Center, works together to provide leading-edge medical knowledge to people with diabetes at any stage of life.

Nutrition Services

What you eat directly impacts your health. But with nutritional information constantly changing, it is often difficult to find the most accurate, up-to-date recommendations. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Nutrition Services in Cape Girardeau offers a team of specialty-trained dietitians to help you select foods for a healthier lifestyle and meet special dietary needs. Nutrition Services offers the following classes for patients with diabetes:

Carbohydrate Counting: Meets Thursdays at 10 am.

Basic Skills Class: Three-hour introductory class taught by a registered dietitian and a nurse educator offered at various times throughout the month. Physician referral required. 

Living Well With Diabetes: One-day educational program to help patients and their families successfully manage diabetes. The class meets monthly. Physician referral required.

All classes are scheduled through Saint Francis’ Diabetes Center. For more information, visit our calendar of events or call 573-331-5897.

Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology

Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology is a comprehensive center for treatment of all endocrine disorders, but treatment of diabetes is the most common reason patients are referred to Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology.  The practice features comprehensive insulin pump education and management and is fully serviced with ultrasound diagnostics to diagnose these types of disorders.