Every Month is Diabetes Month!
Charlotte Hodge, R.N., Nurse
As a National observance, one month a year is set aside to highlight the chronic condition of diabetes. However, for people with diabetes every month is diabetes month.
patients with diabetes are asked to monitor finger stick blood sugars from
2-6 times, eat specially designed meals and snacks at regular intervals,
and develop a consistent activity or exercise plan.
Perhaps they must take 1-4 daily injections, for others oral
medications are required. All
are advised to avoid undue stress. This
is a pretty tall order, not only for someone who is newly diagnosed, but
for those who must meet the challenge of dealing with diabetes year after
the United States, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death by
disease. 16 million Americans have diabetes and 1/3 have not yet been
are diagnosed with diabetes 3 times as often as non-hispanics.
this chronic disease cannot be cured , but it can be controlled with help
from a healthcare team which includes the patient, physician and diabetes
educators. The person with
diabetes can achieve good blood sugar control and improve their quality of
life by preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes complications.
The long term complications of diabetes include blindness,
amputations, heart attacks, stroke and kidney failure.
those who have a diagnosis of diabetes can benefit from years of research
which has lead to improved oral medications with fewer side effects,
insulins which are identical to that produced by humans.
Improved blood glucose monitoring systems, smaller needles, insulin
pumps and special centers with highly trained clinicians and diabetes
educators such as we have available at Riverside Community Hospital, all
help improve the quality of life for patients on a daily basis.
over 3 million people with diabetes are admitted to a hospital each year
costing over 90 billion dollars. In
Riverside these patients comprise approximately 18%-20% of all
admissions and 20%-25% of all patient days.
The resource consumption and length of stay for a person with
diabetes in the hospital exceeds that of a comparable patient without
diabetes by 30-40%.
are fortunate to have a coordinated approach for inpatient and outpatient
diabetes care in Riverside, which when appropriately utilized, can reduce
length of stay in the inpatient setting and ideally help avoid unnecessary
ER and hospital visits altogether.
assist and better inform the public of their rights to care, the American
Diabetes Association has developed Standards of Care to be used as
guidelines for people with diabetes.
major studies have demonstrated the benefits associated with providing
effective metabolic control for patients with diabetes. Following these
guidelines will assist in this process.
Each year during Diabetes Month it is important to reevaluate how
we can support and improve the lives of our patients with diabetes.
Diabetes Solutions was founded in February 2000 by three Certified Diabetes Educators with an accumulation of 48 years experience in educating and supporting patients with diabetes. After working 16 years for a large for profit national organization, it became clear that many community hospitals were unable to support the cost of such multi-level programs. The company provides cost-effective support to physicians and hospitals in caring for patients, without incurring the overhead inherent in large corporations. Diabetes Solutions collaborates with hospitals, payers and physicians who desire to provide education to patients, professionals and the public and teams with community resources in order to work with all populations regardless of a patient’s resources. The programs of Diabetes Solutions are broad based but also reach out to specialized needs, including diabetes and pregnancy, children with diabetes, insulin pump patients, support groups for adults, youth and parents and Spanish speaking individuals. Diabetes Solutions works closely with the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.