Diabetic Education

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, let our Diabetic Educator help you learn how to better manage your health and be more confident in your lifestyle choices. Spencer Hospital's instructors are approved and certified through the Iowa Department of Public Health and are recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't produce enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should.

Diabetes Care Team

Healthcare providers trained to help you better understand and manage your diabetes include:

  • Family Physician
  • Registered Nurses - Certified Diabetic Educators
  • Dietitians
  • Wound Care Nurses

Accessing Care

If you are diagnosed with diabetes, your family physician may refer you to Diabetic Education services. Our professional services are covered by many insurance companies and also by Medicare and Medicaid. To reach our Diabetic Educators, call (712) 264-8300 extension 6234 or e-mail Grp-DiabeticEducation@spencerhospital.org

Diabetes Self-Management Education

Spencer Hospital’s Diabetes Education and Self-Management Program is a comprehensive outpatient program that equips you to successfully manage diabetes. After getting a referral from your physician, a diabetes educator will schedule an individual initial assessment with you. After the initial assessment, the diabetes educator will help schedule you for three one-hour classes.

Diabetes Management Classes

No time to learn how to get healthy? No problem! Come before work or bring your lunch over the noon hour. This class provides hands-on, practical sessions that will help you manage your diabetes and decrease your risk for future complications.

Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:30PM

Topics for Diabetic Fast Track Education

  • Session 1: Diabetes food plan and treatment
  • Session 2: Dining out, high and low blood sugars
  • Session 3: Prevention of diabetes complications and staying healthy
  • +  3-month follow-up and AIC lab

Resources for Diabetics & Caregivers

In addition to the education and resources our healthcare team offers, we encourage you to review these additional resources to learn more about diabetes management: