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Diabetes Program

Manage your diabetes — don’t let it manage you

Diabetes management can improve your life.
Diabetes management can improve your life.

WellStar West Georgia Medical Center offers a certified Diabetes Self-Management Training course. This course is designed to help people with diabetes achieve better metabolic control, improve lipid levels, reduce blood pressure, and develop the self-management skills needed to prevent or minimize the complications of diabetes.

A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in educating people with diabetes about this condition. Diabetes educators are trained in educating, counseling and supporting people with diabetes to help them achieve and maintain blood sugar control. Diabetes educators partner with physicians to coach, counsel, track and monitor a patient’s care and progress.

The benefits of taking a diabetes self-management course:

  • Patients are presented with basic information about diabetes and how to manage it effectively.
  • Patients and caregivers are trained on how to use diabetes devices including blood glucose meters, insulin pens and pumps and glucose monitors.
  • Patients are taught problem-solving strategies and skills to self-manage their diabetes.
  • Patients are motivated to set and achieve behavior-changing goals.
  • Patients are provided with nutrition education including diabetes meal planning, weight loss strategies and other condition-specific nutrition counseling.
  • Patients will learn how to follow medications orders based on physician guidance.
  • Patients will be educated on techniques to reduce the risk of acute and chronic complications.
  • Patients will be taught coping skills.

WellStar WGMC also hosts a free Diabetes Support Group to offer support and camaraderie for members of the community living with diabetes. The group meets the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Heart Clinic Conference Room in the WGMC South Tower.

Certified Diabetes Educators are available to answer questions and provide guidance as needed.

For more information, call Linda Mack, RD, LD, CDE, at (706) 845-3789.