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Expert Care at the Thibodaux Regional Diabetes Center

The Diabetes Center of Thibodaux Regional offers comprehensive diabetes services, instruction and support to hundreds of inpatients and outpatients, as well as their families and loved ones.

Diabetes is a leading cause of disability and greatly increases the risk of death from heart attack and stroke. As a result of advanced medical treatments and self-management education programs, people with diabetes may be spared many complications and premature death. Education is the cornerstone for diabetes management. The program focuses on each patient’s individual needs for learning and implementing strategies that will affect lifestyle changes for a healthier life.

Diabetes Self-Management Program

The Diabetes Self-Management Program at the Diabetes Center offers comprehensive services and instruction to inpatients and outpatients as well as their families and loved ones. Instruction is offered primarily to children 14 and older, and adults with Type I, Type II or gestational diabetes. The program features two staff members who are certified diabetes educators by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.

What Services Does the Diabetes Self-Management Program Provide?

The Diabetes Center and the Self-Management Program offer a number of helpful services to patients including:

  • Diet Management: Balancing what and when you eat
  • Exercise: A plan to put you in motion
  • Medication Counseling: Help with your medication, whether it's pills or insulin
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring: A way to make sure your treatment plan is working
  • Overall Diabetes Management: Helping to learn all about your diabetes
  • Certified Insulin Pump Instruction Center: Personalized, intensive pump training

What About Educational Sessions?

In the Diabetes Center, all patients receive individualized one-to-one counseling on diabetes self-management and meal planning, the integral components for self-care of diabetes. In addition, educational group sessions are offered to expand diabetes knowledge on healthy eating, being active, monitoring health status, taking medications, problem solving, reducing health risks, and healthy coping. As patients complete their educational sessions, they are seen for follow-up visits to evaluate their diabetes management, the achievement of behavioral goals, and to modify their treatment plan as needed.

How Do I Enter the Program?

To enter the program, a patient must receive a referral from his or her physician. The patient then meets with Thibodaux Regional's diabetes nurse educator and registered dietitian for an initial interview. During this interview, the nurse and dietitian will identify any special learning needs the patient may have, as well as formulate the patient's individualized educational plan depending on his or her specific needs.

ADA National Recognition

The Diabetes Self-Management Program of the Thibodaux Regional Diabetes Center is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The ADA Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.

As a participant in the Diabetes Self-Management Program at Thibodaux Regional, the patient will be taught self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen. As an approved education program, the Diabetes Self-Management Program covers the following topics as needed:

  • Diabetes overview
  • Stress and psychosocial adjustment
  • Family involvement and social support
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise and Activity
  • Medications
  • Monitoring and use of results
  • Relationships among nutrition, exercise, medication and blood glucose levels
  • Prevention, detection and treatment of acute and chronic complications
  • Foot, skin and dental care
  • Behavior change strategies, goal setting, risk factor reduction and problem solving
  • Benefits, risk and management options for improving glucose control
  • Preconception care, pregnancy and gestiational diabetes
  • Use of health systems and community resources

For more information about diabetes and treatment call (985) 493-4765.