Diabetes Management Program

About Our Diabetes Management Program

According to recent statistics, diabetes has been the seventh leading cause of death among Americans and the fifth leading cause of death from disease. An estimated 29.1 million, or 1 out of 11, people in the United States are affected by diabetes and, did you know that 7.3 million of those are unaware that they have the disease? At Jersey Shore University Medical Center, our staff will make sure you get the finest treatment to help support your fight against this disease.

Diabetes Complications
With over 200,000 deaths reported each year in relation to diabetes, it is imperative that we take it very seriously as it can lead to many serious complications such as:
•  Heart Attack & Stroke
•  Gum Disease & Possible Tooth Loss
•  Vision Loss & High Eye Pressure
•  Kidney Failure
•  Nerve Damage (most prevalent in hands and feet)
•  Amputation
•  Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) - resulting in High Blood Sugars, Abnormal Blood Chemistry, and Risk of Death

There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) will help you control your weight and can keep your blood glucose in the healthy range. This can help prevent or delay complications. Many people with diabetes live long and healthful lives.

Diabetes Prevention
The best way to prevent these complications is to:
•  Get regular checkups and keep your appointments even when you are feeling well
•  Be aware of symptoms and warning signs
•  Carefully monitoring blood sugar levels several times a day
•  Take all medications as instructed
•  Controlling your weight by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and getting plenty of exercise.
•  If you smoke, quit.

Diabetes Services
Along with our Diabetes Home Monitoring System, our American Diabetes Association (ADA) approved Diabetes Self Management Education Program will ensure that you receive the very best care for diabetes from Glucose Monitoring, Oral Medications, Insulin Replacement Therapy, etc.

While preparing for your initial session, please remember to bring your prescribed medication and the Diabetes Management Program Needs Assessment Form. At your first visit, we will begin our thorough one on one assessment determining your individual needs. Following the first session, you'll receive a personal meal plan, which you create with one of our dieticians and be able to track and test your blood sugar with our Blood Glucose Log Sheet and testing meter of choice. Then you will be able to attend three, two hour classes, conducted by experienced, Certified Diabetes Educators including Nurse Practitioners and Registered Dieticians.

Our Diabetes Management Classes are open to the public. Please check with your insurance company to see if the cost will be covered by your insurance plan. Click here to find out more information regarding talking to your insurance company.

Care Locations

  • Meridian Medical Associates, P.C. - Endocrinology, 2240 Route 33, Suite B, Neptune, NJ 07753

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