The Diabetes Center

Tyrone Regional Health Network offers a Diabetes Center to provide education and support for people in our community who live with or are at high risk for diabetes.

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. It is a complicated metabolic disease that results in too much sugar in the blood.  When not properly treated, diabetes can lead to a number of serious health problems and may shorter a person’s lifespan.  Through our Diabetes Center,  people can learn to make healthy choices in every day life to keep diabetes in check.

What is the Diabetes Center?

The Tyrone Regional Health Network Diabetes Center is located at Tyrone Hospital. It is an outpatient educational service for people with diabetes. The purpose of the program is to help those with diabetes learn to manage the condition through healthy lifestyle choices. Education and guidance is tailored to the needs of each individual.   Keeping diabetes under control can prevent or delay the complications associated with diabetes.

The Diabetes Center is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Who should attend?

Those who are newly diagnosed or living with diabetes can benefit from the education provided through the Diabetes Center. A family member or support person is welcome to attend with you. This will help your family be better prepared to support you and help you manage your diabetes. The Diabetes Center is Intended for people with:

  • Prediabetes
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes

Who teaches the classes?

Classes at the Diabetes Center are taught by a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in prediabetes, diabetes prevention, and diabetes management.

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Leigh Montecalvo, RN, MSN
Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist

When and where are classes held?

Classes are held at the Diabetes Center located at Tyrone Hospital, on the 1st floor. One on one assessments and instruction are scheduled on an individual basis.

What will I learn?

Topics addressed in the Diabetes Center classes include the following:

  • Diabetes causes
  • Diabetes disease process
  • Meal planning
  • Physical activity
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Medication management
  • Insulin management
  • Use of insulin pumps
  • Acute and chronic complications
  • Psychosocial issues

Does insurance pay for diabetes education?

Most insurance companies pay for diabetes education programs if ordered by a physician. Patients are advised to check with their insurance plan regarding coverage.

How do I enroll in the program?

A physician referral is required to enroll in the Diabetes Center.

Who can I contact with questions or for more information?

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:

Diabetes Center

Phone:  814-684-1255 ext. 5101

E-mail: lmontecalvo@tyronehospital.org

Facts About Diabetes

  • Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in the United States and here in Pennsylvania.
  • Diabetes is associated with devastating health consequences including heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness and death.
  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U. S.
  • 29 million Americans have diabetes and 1 in 4 don’t know it.
  • Nearly 10% of adults in Pennsylvania have diabetes.
  • Every year an estimated 71,000 people in Pennsylvania are diagnosed with diabetes.
  • More than one quarter of people age 65+ have diabetes.
  • More than 1 in 3 adults have prediabetes with blood glucose levels higher than normal, putting them at great risk of developing diabetes.
  • Nearly 36% of the adults in Pennsylvania have prediabetes.
  • People with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not have diabetes.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health, American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Symptoms

Below are typical symptoms of  diabetes. Sometimes symptoms are so mild they go unnoticed.

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme hunger
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Very dry skin
  • Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
  • Feeling tired much of the time
  • Sores that are slow to heal
  • More infections than usual
  • Nausea, vomiting or stomach pain may accompany symptoms with abrupt onset of Type 1 diabetes

Talk to your doctor about your risk for diabetes. If you experience any of the symptoms associated with diabetes, see your doctor for testing and evaluation.

Diabetes Screening Test

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a Prediabetes Screening Test to help determine your risk for Prediabetes.

Click the link below to go to a widget to take the online quiz.

https://www.cdc.gov/widgets/prediabetes/html5/iframe.html

You can also access and print a hard copy of the CDC’s Prediabetes Screening Test by clicking the link below.

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/pdf/prediabetestest.pdf

The American Diabetes Association provides an online Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. Click the link below to access the online test.

http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/?loc=dorg_201703_en_puz_alert-day&gclid=CNzFsP65uNQCFZaIswodG2gIlA?referrer=https://www.google.com/

You can also access and print a hard copy of the American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test by clicking the link below.

http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/PDFs/risk-test-paper-version.pdf

 

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