Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood sugar, which can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. Diabetes can be controlled through a balance of diet, exercise, blood glucose monitoring and medication. Diabetes affects more than 25.8 million Americans (roughly 8.3 percent of the U.S. population). However, millions of people are unaware that they have high sugar or don't recognize the symptoms. Early detection and treatment are vital. Once diagnosed, people with diabetes can learn to effectively manage their disease and lead normal, healthy lives.
Ongoing diabetes self-medical care and education are important in preventing acute problems and help reduce the risk of long-term complications. The Diabetes Education Department of Jupiter Medical Center can teach those with diabetes more about the disease, how to control it, and better yet, how to live with it. The Diabetes Education Center is proud to be a recognized program by the American Diabetes Association. A Registered Dietician and a Registered Nurse, both Certified Diabetes Educators, teach self-care management techniques to achieve blood glucose control that may help to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes-related complications.
The diabetes self-management education classes provide those with diabetes, their spouses or caregivers information on nutrition, medications, blood glucose monitoring, exercise, and foot, skin and dental care. We emphasize the benefits of family involvement and social support, as well as the importance of participating in related community activities such as our annual participation at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes and 5K Run to Cure Diabetes. Individual consultations are available for children and adults.
Consults are available for children, teens and adults on the following topics:
Diabetes education classes are available in Spanish. Annual two-hour individual follow-up for Medicare patients (with a physician's prescription). For more information, please contact the Diabetes Education Center at (561) 263-5067.
Information on additional services related to the care and treatment process of diabetes: