The Diabetes Self-Management Educational Program at BMC aims to improve the health and quality of life for people with diabetes through disease management, education, support, advocacy, and research.
The program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) since 1993. The ADA endorses the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education to promote quality education for people with diabetes.
Living with diabetes can be very challenging. The outstanding interdisciplinary team of highly experienced diabetes specialists, nurse practitioners, certified diabetes educators (including nurses and dietitians), and other specialists skilled in treating the complex needs of diabetes patients share a commitment to helping you live life to the fullest. The coordinated care approach results in an individualized plan for each patient, which may include medication, monitoring, lifestyle changes, and nutrition education. Adults with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes that is newly diagnosed, poorly controlled, or in need of long-term monitoring and follow-up, will receive comprehensive care at BMC.
The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is designed to help patients and their primary care provider maintain control of blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol through education, medication, monitoring, and nutrition and exercise recommendations. These behaviors may be challenging to establish but research has shown that even small changes can lead to helpful improvements. This outpatient program offers comprehensive diabetes care in conjunction with nutrition, podiatry, ophthalmology, cardiology, and dental services.
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Comprehensive Diabetes Management
The team approach to ongoing diabetes management includes individualized health evaluations by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse practitioner, and certified diabetes educators (including nurses and dietitians.) The diabetes team works with patients’ primary care physicians to prepare a plan tailored to their unique circumstances. The comprehensive diabetes management track is flexible based on a patient’s changing needs. Patients may wish to be referred for a one time consultation with an endocrinologist, and then resume their diabetes care with their PCP.
The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program aims to enhance diabetes self-care knowledge and skills, support behavioral change, promote general health, and reduce the risk of complications associated with diabetes.
Insulin pump therapy provides another way to optimize control for patients with diabetes.. Insulin pumps are not appropriate for everyone and the diabetes team will help decide if a patient is a candidate for an insulin pump therapy. The insulin pump program includes a multi-step educational program including a team of pump educators, diabetes focused nurse practitioners, and endocrinologists.
Inpatient Adult Diabetes Service
Clinical research has identified hyperglycemia (high blood glucose or blood sugar) as a factor that increases length of stay, hospital complications, and even inpatient mortality. The inpatient program is designed to meet current national standards for glycemic control in hospitalized patients, for those with known diabetes, and those with newly identified hyperglycemia. The team can initiate insulin therapy in the hospital if appropriate, teaching all the necessary skills for independent management. The team of endocrinologists and nurse practitioners follow patients throughout their stay. The goal of the program is to improve the transition from inpatient care to outpatient care while designing an individualized regimen.
Diabetes and Pregnancy Program
High risk patients with diabetes during pregnancy require very intensive glucose control and close management during pregnancy and immediately after delivery, to reduce the risk of complications to the mother and baby. This special program is led by obstetricians and is designed for mothers who develop diabetes during pregnancy (a condition called gestational diabetes) and those women who have diabetes before they become pregnant.