Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes management specialists at CHI St. Alexius Health take a multidisciplinary approach to address possible complications caused by diabetes. Diabetes causes unique and chronic challenges. Your medical team will work with you to suggest lifestyle changes and a personalized health management program.

In treating this chronic disease as recommended by your primary physician, patients may be encouraged to consult with an endocrinologist (physician who specializes in glands and the hormones they produce), an eye doctor, kidney specialist, wound care expert, nutritionist, diabetes educator, and other professionals.

The pancreas is a gland that produces insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar. When the pancreas creates too little insulin, your body is resistance to insulin, or both, you may develop diabetes.

There are two main types of diabetes:

Type 1 develops when the pancreas produces little or no insulin.

Type 2 usually occurs in adulthood, but is now being diagnosed in teens and young adults because of increased obesity.

Gestational diabetes sometimes develops during pregnancy in non-diabetic women.

Carrington Medical Center offers an Accredited Diabetes Education Program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators in partnership with the North Region Health Alliance. Our education staff is uniquely qualified through specialized educational training to provide diabetes education. Your education is coordinated with the care you receive from your medical provider. Our diabetes education team provides you with the tools you need to feel confident in managing your diabetes at home.

Education is provided by:

Brooke Diabetes EducatorBrooke L Fredrickson, RDN, LRD, CDE
Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Certified Diabetes Educator
Wellness & Care Management

Appointments:

  • Call CMC West reception at 701.652.7179

Education Topics:

  • What is diabetes?
  • Nutritional management
  • Physical activity & diabetes
  • Diabetes medications
  • Diabetes & pregnancy
  • Community resources
  • Monitoring your blood glucose
  • Lifestyle changes to improve your long-range health
  • Managing diabetes day by day
  • Emotional health and diabetes
  • Personal strategies for managing diabetes

Individual Consults:
All initial education visits are provided on a one-to-one basis. Your initial visit will include a variety of self-management topics specific to your individual needs. Follow-up visits are also available individually. Visits are usually an hour each, but can be adjusted as needed.

Group Education:
Group education is available and preferred by some insurance companies, and may be suggested to you after your initial visit. Group education classes are typically held four times throughout the year. Please call CMC West reception at 701.652.7179 to confirm dates and times.

Diabetes Support Group:
The Diabetes Support Group provides a place for continued learning, support, and accountability in the presence of your diabetes educators and your peers. This group is free of charge and typically meets monthly. Please call CMC West reception at 701.652.7179 to confirm dates and times

To learn more about Diabetes Management at a given location, see participating locations listed in the Facilities tab (below) and call for more information.