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About Diabetes Education in Northern Illinois

walking man and woman holding handsKishHealth System’s Diabetes Education program wants to empower people of all ages to appropriately self-manage their diabetes so they can benefit from lifelong good health. Our program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

Topics covered in our individual or group classes are based on national standards of care for diabetes. Some of the topics discussed are:

  • Maintaining normal blood sugar range
  • Complications
  • Continuous blood glucose monitoring
  • Diabetes awareness and prevention
  • Diabetes overview
  • Exercise
  • Foot care
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Insulin pump training and therapy
  • Medications
  • Nutrition (carb counting, heart healthy eating, meal planning, recipes and weight loss)
  • Preconception care
  • Resources
  • Self-management skills
  • Sick day guidelines
  • Stress management

Recommendations are shared with you and your doctor. Using a team approach, we provide the latest information about diabetes treatment and develop a nutrition plan tailored to meet your needs. Medications, monitoring systems, and other methods to control your insulin level are introduced or reviewed.

Endocrinology Specialist in Northern Illinois

People with diabetes often need to see an endocrinologist, a physician who specializes in conditions, like diabetes, that affect glands and hormones. The pancreas, which produces insulin, is especially important to monitor when you have diabetes because your insulin production affects all parts of your body.

KishHealth System is fortunate to have an endocrinologist on its medical staff. Find out more about KishHealth System’s Endocrinology Center, located on the Kishwaukee Hospital campus in DeKalb, IL.

In addition, KishHealth System Community Wellness and fitness programs are available in DeKalb, Sycamore, Sandwich and Plano to help people with diabetes manage other conditions such as:

  • Obesity
  • Juvenile diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity in children

Are you experiencing symptoms of diabetes?

Tell your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of Type 2 diabetes:

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

If tests confirm you have diabetes, ask your doctor to refer you to KishHealth System’s Diabetes Education Center in DeKalb and Sandwich, or you can call on your own.  You do not need a referral.  Most insurance plans cover diabetes education. If you do not have insurance, financial assistance is available or you can access services through KishHealth System’s Center for Family Health in Sycamore and Malta.

Learning to Live with Diabetes

Learning to manage Type 2 diabetes by monitoring blood glucose and insulin levels and following a diabetic diet are keys to living a healthy and happy life with diabetes. KishHealth System provides diabetes management at the following  locations:

Join other local people with diabetes online in the KHS Diabetes Education Network on Facebook


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