Welcome to the Diabetes Education Program

Diabetes? There is something you can do about it. Help is here.

The Diabetes Education Program at Twin County Regional Hospital offers classes and programs to best meet your needs. We have monthly class offered to those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes or who need a refresher class. If group classes do not meet your needs, then individual counseling is available by appointment. If you have been diabetic for a long time and need specific issues addressed, we can help you by assigning one of our instructors to your case. This class will explain what diabetes is, how to eat healthy, the importance of exercise, the role of medications, and the prevention of complications. You have access to a certified diabetes educator, dietitian, pharmacist, and exercise specialist. Your diabetes team is already in place, the only one missing is YOU.

What is a Cerified Diabetes Educator?

A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a medical /health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes management, pre-diabetes and diabetes preventioin. A CDE educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition. A CDE promotes self-management to achieve individualized behavioral and treatment goals that optimize health outcomes.

What we offer

  • Monthy group classes 
  • Individual counseling with certified diabetes educator or dietitian 
  • Blood Sugar Monitoring training 
  • Insulin training 
  • Insulin pump evaluation 
  • Presentations to groups and businesses  

Diabetes Education is covered by Medicare and most private insurances with a physician referral.

If you aren't covered by insurance, don't worry-options are available using our Prepay Advantage.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood sugar, or "glucose". In diabetes, the body is unable to use food properly because of problems with insulin, and the blood sugar rises. Insulin is needed for the body to get energy from foods.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by a shortage or complete lack of insulin. Insulin injections are always necessary for effective treatment. This type normally affects children and young adults. 

In Type 2, insulin is available, but the body cannot use it adequately. Oral medications may be beneficial in Type 2 treatment. This type normally affects adults, but is being seen in some children also. Uncontrolled high blood sugar can be associated with serious complications, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, and kidney disease. 

However, there is a lot you can do to prevent these complications. With either type, careful attention to exercise, diet, and blood glucose monitoring is essential. There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be controlled. You can have an active and healthy life. 

What are the symptoms of Diabetes?

Type 1: extreme thirst, excessive appetite, tiredness, frequent urination, weight loss. 
Type 2: may have no symptoms, blurred vision, infections, dry\itchy skin, numbness or tingling in extremities, or any of the Type 1 symptoms. 

Prevention of Diabetes

Have you been told you are "borderline" diabetic, or prediabetic? Let us help you manage your eating patterns and exercise to prevent a diagnosis of diabetes. This is the time to act, BEFORE diabetes can claim another person. The Diabetes Education Program offers a prevention class for those who fall into this category. You will learn how diabetes is diagnosed, how diet affects balance in blood sugar, and how exercise can help. Although prediabetes education is not covered by most insurances, we offer affordable rates for this class. Instructors are also available to provide this education for businesses, civic and church groups, and in local schools.

Who is most at risk?

It is estimated that approximately 7% of all Virginians have diabetes. The prevalence was even higher for those who live in Southwest Virginia. The national average for diabetes is also 7% of the population, with approximately 40% of the nation (ages 40+) being prediabetic. Those at risk for diabetes are those who have a family history of diabetes, are overweight, get little to no exercise, have had a baby weighing more than 9 lbs, or are African American, Hispanic or Native American.

If you have diabetes, we can help. 

The Diabetes Education Program Of Twin County Regional Hospital

Diabetes Education Program

Twin County Regional Hospital
200 Hospital Drive
Galax, VA 24333
or 276.236.8181