Centers & Services

Diabetes Self-Management Services

Education and Resources for Managing Diabetes

The Diabetes Self-Management Program 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 of 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 Services

Diabetes Self-Management Services at the Wellness Education Center offers comprehensive services and instruction to inpatients and outpatients as well as their families and loved ones. Instruction is offered to those with Type I, Type II or gestational diabetes.

What Services Does Diabetes Self-Management Services Provide?

Diabetes Self-Management Services offers 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?

With Diabetes Self-Management Services, patients receive individualized one-to-one counseling on diabetes self-management and meal planning. In addition, an educational group session is 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 or registered dietitian for an initial interview. During this interview, the nurse or 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

Diabetes Self-Management Services of Thibodaux Regional Wellness Education 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.

WellFit Diabetes Care

WellFlt integrates medical care with wellness to give you the highest quality, most active lifestyle possible. WellFit strives to optimize you strengths while lowering your medlcal risks. Learn more here.

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