Diabetes Education

WESTMED Medical Group’s Endocrinology Department is committed to a comprehensive program of diabetes education. Our goal is to empower our patients to become active participants in their care and the self-management of their diabetes.In order to accomplish this, we promote a team approach to individualized patient-centered diabetes education.

 

Who We Are

Our core team consists of Barbara R. DiLello-Smith, RN, BS, CDE, CPT, certified diabetes educator; Allison Holzer RD, nutritionist; and Drs. Zorayda Pretto, Randy Stein, Kenneth Weiser, Preeti Kishore and Shelly Im—all board-certified endocrinologists.

What We Do

We provide instruction on the use of both insulin and non-insulin diabetes injectable medications and discuss the signs and symptoms of hyper and hypoglycemia and the appropriate treatments. We educate our patients as to the rationale for treatment regimens, such as oral medications, insulin, and non-insulin injectable; the mechanism of action, side effects, dose and adverse reactions; and the steps to take should a side effect or adverse reaction occur.  We discuss the short- and long-term risks of diabetes--both micro and macro vascular complication--and the prevention of and treatment of known complications.

At each visit, we reinforce the information previously taught and use handouts and educational Web sites when appropriate. We provide our patients with the most up-to-date information about diabetes management and treatment and explain the choices they have in their treatment. For example, we discuss multiple daily injections or an insulin pump, home glucose monitoring or a continuous glucose sensor. Our approach to education is individualized, patient-centered, age-sensitive and culture-sensitive. Our program is most definitely not “one size fits all."

Our patients are instructed in home blood glucose monitoring along with carbohydrate counting. Patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes learn the role of exercise and diet in their self-care. As part of our patients’ nutrition counseling, we provide information on dining out and grocery shopping as part of controlling blood glucose levels. 

We also work closely and proactively with our ophthalmology and podiatry departments to ensure that our patients are evaluated for the development of ophthalmic and podiatric complications. Educational materials on eye and foot care are provided at every visit. Both micro and macro-vascular complications and treatment are discussed with patients. We stress the importance of regular follow-up appointments with these specialists, in addition to the endocrinologists, nurse practitioner and nutritionist.

Our team also works very closely with the OB/GYN Department for the education and management of patients with gestational diabetes and pre-gestational diabetes. This intense approach leads to safe deliveries for mom and baby.

In summary, we have a comprehensive multispecialty, patient-centered diabetes education program that addresses the various needs of all of our patients.   

 

 


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