Diabetes Wellness Programs help individuals with the disease manage their condition and be healthy without the need for hospital-provided care.
Glen Cove Hospital’s diabetes self- management education (DSME) sessions cover preventive health, including the basics of diabetes, nutrition and ways to avoid complications. Instructors work one-on-one with participants prior to classes to determine their medical and emotional needs and develop individualized plans.
“People love that the format is not a lecture, but interactive,” said Mary Muscarello, RN, CDE, nurse program coordinator and certified diabetes educator. “We want people to know they have been heard and understood. We’ve had psychologists come to sessions to talk about how diabetes makes people feel. People have to understand their emotions before we can help.”
Glen Cove Hospital’s DSME instructors are accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), meaning they have specialized knowledge to teach each of the AADE’s seven core behaviors: coping skills, eating healthy, problem solving, reducing risks, self-monitoring, staying active and taking medications properly.
Research shows that DSME can help individuals lower A1C levels and reduce weight, improving their overall health. For maximum benefit, Ms. Muscarello encourages patients to attend both DSME classes and one of Glen Cove Hospital’s diabetes support groups.
For more information on diabetes wellness programs or to register for DSME sessions, call 855-36-GOALS (364-6257).