endocrinology and diabetes center


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main energy source and comes from the food you eat. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas and helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough insulin, or, in some cases, the body’s cells fail to respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced. 

Because our body needs insulin to convert glucose into energy, these failures result in abnormally high levels of glucose accumulating in the blood, causing high blood sugar.

Diabetes Care Center

The Diabetes Care Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center - Center for Coordinated Care, is committed to providing the highest quality of care for patients with diabetes, or diabetic devices, including:

  • Prediabetes – your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
  • Type 1 diabetes - your body does not make insulin. Your immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. 
  • Type 2 diabetes - your body does not make enough insulin or use insulin well. Too much glucose then stays in your blood, and not enough reaches your cells.
  • Insulin pump – a small, portable device used to inject insulin into your body.
  • Continuous glucose monitoring system – works through a tiny sensor under your skin, usually on your belly or arm, and tests the glucose every few minutes then sends the information to a monitor.

If you have diabetes or prediabetes, the Diabetes Care Center is now accepting self-referrals; or your primary care provider may refer you.

Your therapy is communicated to your primary care provider’s office after each visit. We also work closely with the Diabetes Self-Management Education program at Firelands Regional Medical Center, which is staffed by diabetes nurse educators, pharmacists and registered dietitians.

Even if you’ve had diabetes for many years, patients have been shown to benefit from learning new tools, medications, and management techniques in this ever-advancing field.

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 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.
  • Progress notes sent to the patient’s primary care physician (PCP), endocrinologist, or whoever is managing their diabetes.
  • Optional comprehensive medical review with clinical pharmacist

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 establishing with a primary care physician.

How do I know if I am eligible?

  • Patients must have a provider referral.
  • Medicare beneficiaries are qualified for diabetes education.
  • Medicaid beneficiaries are qualified for diabetes education.
  • Many private insurances cover the service. Call the customer service number on your insurance card to determine your coverage.

Who do I contact for more information?

To learn more, please call 419-557-6992.

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