Being told you have diabetes can be overwhelming, but the certified educators at Central Maine Healthcare are here to help you manage your condition with confidence. We’re here to help you live your healthiest life with:
- All the latest information on diabetes
- Guidance on blood glucose monitoring
- Lifestyle support, such as managing sick days, managing stress and psychological adjustments you might experience
- Help preventing complications, such as foot and vision problems
- Healthy eating and exercise plans, personalized to your tastes and activities
Hands-On Support for Every Step
You’ll first meet individually with one of our certified diabetes educators, so we can be sure you understand diabetes. We’ll assess your current lifestyle and show you how we think you can be even healthier. We’ll make sure you know how to set blood sugar goals, how to use your meter, when to test your blood and what to do when your blood sugar is too high or too low.
Get Answers from the Experts
We know you’ll have questions about managing your diabetes. You might be wondering, for instance:
- What can I order in a restaurant?
- I have my lab results—but what do they mean? What numbers should I be looking for?
- How much do I have to exercise?
- I have bad knees, and can’t walk long distances (or run at all). What are my exercise alternatives?
- Do I really have to count carbs every day?
Our skilled diabetes educators are always available to answer these and any other questions you may have. We also have social workers on staff to help with financial, emotional or mental health needs. We can help you find resources and assistance right in your community. And every year, we offer a free Diabetes Fair, featuring vendors who can highlight the latest in diabetes management technology.
One of our most popular resources is the outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Program, an intensive program on effectively managing your diabetes. You’ll be shown in-depth strategies for setting goals, solving problems, how to spot complications, and making sure your social life doesn’t include obstacles to your healthier lifestyle.