Successfully control and manage your diabetes with our diabetes self-management program
When you’re diagnosed with diabetes, it’s easy to feel like your life will be controlled by the disease. But take heart – your life is your own, and great resources are available close to home to help you successfully manage diabetes and live your life the way you want to.
You’ll find them easily accessible at the Diabetes Self-Management Program from St. Joseph’s in Breese.
Whether you’re newly diagnosed and just beginning your journey with diabetes, struggling day to day with uncontrolled blood sugar or simply want to learn about new or different management techniques, you’ll find the answers and support you need here. The Diabetes Education team helps you with understanding your diabetes and assists you managing it through medication, diet and exercise.
- Safe at School programs to educate teachers and staff how to recognize and respond to high and low blood sugar issues in children,
- Annual KidneyMobile visits to provide free kidney and diabetes screenings in conjunction with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois,
- Free finger sticks, low-cost A1C testing and blood glucose screening at the hospital’s Community Health Fairs offered each spring and fall,
- Spanish interpreters providing special educational and screening opportunities to the underserved.
- Your diabetes diagnosis
- Making healthy food choices
- Monitoring your blood sugar and identifying patterns
- Potential complications from diabetes
- Medications used to manage diabetes
- Incorporating physical activity into your life
- Problem solving
- Healthy coping
- Reducing risks factors
- Type 1, when the body’s pancreas fails to produce insulin
- Type 2, when the body does not make enough insulin or cannot properly use the insulin that is made
- Gestational, when a woman develops elevated blood sugar levels during pregnancy
Diabetes and Nutrition Education Team
For more information, contact any of the members from the Diabetes Education Team.