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Diabetes Self-management Education and Support (DSMES)

Diabetes Self-management Education and Support (DSMES)

To lower the risk of diabetic complications, individuals with diabetes are being urged to take a diabetes management program. It is difficult to get every question answered that you have about your diabetes care in the space of a doctor’s office visit.  Doctors see many patients in a day and emergencies arise as well; therefore, they, unfortunately, don’t have as much time to spend with each patient as they would like.  A diabetes management program can help provide the in-depth answers and care you are seeking by stepping in to fill that void.

It is easy to forget certain aspects, as well, over time, so reminders are always a good idea. Diabetes is not a benign illness and if the blood glucose levels are not managed well, the disorder can lead to devastating permanent complications that include blindness, loss of the kidneys, blindness, amputations, and strokes. To enable individuals to self-manage their diabetes, today we have a patient-centered diabetes program.

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These patient-centered programs provide comprehensive knowledge in the management of diabetes and have been shown to lower the risk of both acute and chronic complications of the disease. Different programs can offer online and in-person training to the public.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) services provide information and skills for people to manage their diabetes and related conditions. DSMES is tailored to your individual needs, goals, and life experiences and is guided by evidence-based standards. You’ll learn how to eat healthy, be physically active, monitor blood sugar levels, take medication, problem solve, reduce risk for other health conditions, cope with the emotional side of diabetes, and improve your health and quality of life.

 

It’s important to receive DSMES services when you’re first diagnosed. There are three other times DSMES can help you manage your diabetes that include at your yearly follow-up visits with your doctor, if health complications arise, and when changes in your care occur.

 

Topics include:

 

Understanding diabetes and diabetes treatment.

Healthy eating.

Being physically active.

Taking medicine.

Checking your blood sugar.

Reducing your risk for other health problems.

Learning to cope with stress, depression, and other concerns.

 

Living with diabetes can be difficult to manage on one’s own. The disease requires daily upkeep, and uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness. Paramount Home Health Services has developed a Diabetes Management Program to educate and assist in self-care techniques to keep you or your loved one’s diabetes under control.

Paramount Home Health Services Diabetes Management Program involves:

Blood sugar monitoring

Meal planning

Home exercise program with therapist

Oral Glycemic education

Insulin management

Maintain follow-up care

Medical, physical and educational tools