Diabetes Education…Why is it important?

Diabetes is a chronic lifelong disease that can be treated but not cured. 

Blood sugar can be measured to determine your diabetes control. However, treatment should not only control blood sugar, but also prevent serious and possibly life-threatening complications of diabetes.

Possible Long-Term Complications of Diabetes

  • Loss of vision
  • Loss of kidney function
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Foot ulcers
  • Amputation of lower extremities
  • Gastrointestinal dysfunction
  • Loss of feeling in extremities
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Gum disease

Diabetes Management

Our team approach to diabetes education can provide you with general information about diabetes and assist with issues such as diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications. We follow the American Diabetes Association standards of care and make recommendations based on these standards.

How Does the Program Work?

When you enroll in the program, you will attend five classes each Wednesday from 2 - 4 p.m. at Northwest Medical Center's Outpatient Conference Room. Northwest Medical Center is partnered with Heartland Health/Mosaic Life Care to provide diabetes education via TeleHealth.

How Do I Sign Up for the Program?

Talk with your provider or for more information and to make a reservation, call (660) 726-1180 to talk with Northwest Medical Center's Registered Dietition, Laura Galbraith.