Why is Diabetes Management, Education and Prevention So Important?

Southwest Care Center provides quality, comprehensive diabetes management and education to empower people living with diabetes and prediabetes to better manage the condition, avoid potential complications, and achieve optimal health.

Our expertise in treating diabetes means we are able to create highly personalized solutions that help patients manage their condition and take charge of their lives. As a show of our commitment to properly treating this condition, we employ Certified Diabetes Educators who are skilled nurses with additional training and expert knowledge in the field. We are here to help you be in charge of your wellness and to offer you options and solutions that will work in your life.

Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in many areas of the United States, half of all people with diabetes do not receive the kinds of preventive care services which have been proven to reduce the risk of complications from diabetes. Southwest Care Center wants you and our community to have the highest quality care possible.

Call Southwest Care Center today and experience what caring medical professionals can do to help you manage your diabetes 505.988.8869.

Managing Diabetes Correctly

With quality medical care and the adoption of healthy habits, many complications from diabetes can often be prevented or delayed.

For example, studies have demonstrated that carefully controlling blood glucose levels can result in a delayed onset and slower progression of retinopathy (eye disease), nephropathy (kidney disease), and neuropathy (nerve disorders) for people with Type 1 diabetes. Additional studies show similar dramatic reductions in the number of complications when blood glucose levels of those with Type 2 diabetes is carefully controlled as well.

Diabetes Education is the Cornerstone of Diabetes Management

Diabetes is unlike diseases such as high cholesterol and hypertension, which in many cases can successfully treated using medication alone. This is because there are many more components to diabetes that must be considered every day, including:

  • Nutritional management
  • Close monitoring of physical activity
  • Medications to manage
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Psychosocial adjustment

At Southwest Care Center, we believe that educating patients and giving them the knowledge and the tools to proactively manage their diabetes and prevent or control complications is one of the most important steps to successfully managing the disease.

What Happens During Diabetes Education?

During your initial visits, the diabetes educator will spend time with you developing a plan that helps you overcome the barriers you face in managing your diabetes. They will also work with you to develop problem-solving and coping skills, as well as recommend healthy behaviors you can adopt to help control your blood sugar.

Some examples of the many activities you may work on together are:

  • Helping you understand exactly what diabetes is and how it affects your body
  • Explaining how diabetes medications work
  • Figuring out what types of food are best for you and how to plan meals that fit your lifestyle and budget
  • Determining the best type of glucose-monitoring device for your specific circumstances
  • Suggesting charts, apps and other tools to provide reminders and help you track your progress
  • Offering tips to help you cope with stress and solve problems as they arise

Diabetes Management is a Partnership with your Primary Care Provider

It’s important to remember that our providers at Southwest Care Center are regular people too, and we understand that everyone has their own unique situation. We aren’t here to pass judgement on you or your life choices, we’re here to be a partner in care and help you succeed at meeting the health goals that are important to you.

Whether you have had diabetes for years or are newly diagnosed, proper diabetes education, prevention and management allows patients to live happier, healthier lives. For information on the diabetes program at Southwest Care Center, call to be thoughtfully paired with one of our experts today at 505.988.8869.