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Diabetes Education

Burgess Health Center’s Diabetes Center offers important information to improve health and quality of life for those with diabetes. Individuals and their loved ones learn to manage the disease and decrease the risk of long-term complications.

Certified diabetes educators Michele Kirkendall, RD, LD, CDE and Sue McLaughlin, RN, CDE educate through a diabetes support group and also a diabetes self-management plan. These programs offer a learning experience for diabetes patients to learn how to live a successful and fulfilling life while managing their diabetes. Specialized outpatient programs are available for children and teens, women with gestational diabetes and adults.

Since each person is different, the way each person is affected is unique. At the Diabetes Center, each person with diabetes has a personalized diet, education plan, and medication/treatment program. The program also involves an individual approach in which the staff works with your healthcare provider to develop a personalized diabetes plan that includes:

  • Information on the types of diabetes
  • Checking blood sugar
  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Information on low and high blood sugar
  • Exercise and diabetes
  • Medications for diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that will not go away—but it can be managed by taking the proper and necessary steps to control it.

For more information please call 423-9268.

Support Group
The program also offers a diabetic support group that offers patient support in a group setting. The support group allows patients to learn more about diabetes and get support in the adjustment back into every day activities. This group meets the first Thursday of every month, except for the months of June and July.

1600 Diamond Street | Onawa, Iowa 51040
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