Diabetes & Endocrinology
Did you know that more than 10 percent of adults living in Ohio have diabetes? Diabetes is a common metabolic disorder that occurs when your body cannot make enough insulin. You may be resistant to your own insulin or your insulin production may be declining.
An endocrinologist is a specialty physician trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to your glands which secrete hormones, such as diabetes. The endocrine system is complex and includes hormones that control your metabolism, body growth, and sexual development. The goal of treatment is to restore your body back to as normal a balance as possible.
Endocrine and Diabetes Center for Advanced Care
The Endocrine and Diabetes Center for Advanced Care at Firelands Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality of care for patients with diabetes, endocrine, and metabolic disorders, including:
- Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, and those using insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitoring systems.
- Thyroid disorders
- Adrenal disorders
- Pituitary disorders
- Metabolic syndrome
- Obesity: Related to endocrine disorders
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Male and female reproductive system
If you have been diagnosed with one of the above conditions, the Endocrine and Diabetes Center for Advanced Care is now accepting self-referrals; or your primary care provider may refer you to Dr. Ahmad Sabbagh, MD. Dr. Sabbagh is an endocrinologist who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Clinical Lipidology, Endocrinology, and Diabetes and Metabolism.
Our office staff includes nurse practitioners who specialize in the care of people with diabetes:
- Jean Feick CNP, CDE
- Tondra Mapus FNP.
As one of our patients, information regarding your current therapy is communicated to your primary care provider’s office after each endocrinology visit. We recognize that communication with you and your healthcare providers allows for continuity of care. We also work very closely with the Diabetes Self-Management Educational program at Firelands Regional Medical Center, which is staffed by a diabetes nurse educator and registered dietitian.
Evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and management is provided by our experienced providers at Firelands Physician Group.
Diabetes Self-Management Education
Diabetes is a life-changing diagnosis. It takes ongoing education and commitment to properly self-manage the disease. If you or a loved one has received a diabetes diagnosis, ongoing support is available in the form of diabetes self-management education at Firelands Regional Medical Center.
Who should consider diabetes self-management education?
This program is for individuals diagnosed with diabetes and their families. It’s designed to provide educational information and self-management skills while encouraging patients to live an active lifestyle and prioritize their health.
The diabetes self-management education program is beneficial to those with diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2) who are newly diagnosed OR longstanding.
What are the benefits of the diabetes self-management education program?
Over time, diabetes patients who participate in this program may experience:
- Improved glucose (blood sugar) control
- More energy and overall improved health
- A decrease in risk of diabetes complications
- What exactly is included in the program?
Through the diabetes self-management education program, patients receive:
- A one-on-one, individualized appointment with a Registered Nurse (RN) Diabetes Educator.
- A one-on-one, individualized appointment with a registered dietitian who specializes in diabetes.
- Four, two-hour group classes. Classes include discussions about the disease itself, treatment options, short term complications, long term complications, and nutrition.
Note: patients are invited to bring a support person with them to the classes.
Also included in the program:
- An annual follow-up with the diabetes educator and registered dietitian.
- The ability to call and ask questions at any time.
- Progress notes sent to the patient’s primary care physician (PCP), endocrinologist, or whoever is managing their diabetes.
Do I need a doctor referral?
Yes. A diabetes patient must have a referral from a provider. If you call and would like to set up an appointment, a referral request is sent to your PCP. If you do not have a PCP, the Firelands Center for Coordinated Care can assist you with this.
How do I know if I am eligible?
- Patients must have a prescriber referral.
- Medicare beneficiaries will be qualified for diabetes education.
- Medicaid beneficiaries will be qualified for diabetes education.
- Many private insurances cover the service.
Who do I contact for more information?
To learn more, please call 419-557-6995.