Bigfork Valley Diabetes Center of Excellence
Diabetes Center of Excellence at Bigfork Valley        

Bigfork Valley Diabetes Center

"The mission of the Bigfork Valley Diabetes Center is to provide unique educational opportunities and resources that will effectively encourage healthy choices, inspire confidence and independence in our clients, and contribute to their success in preventing and managing diabetes."

The Bigfork Valley Diabetes Center is committed to educating our clients to the standards set forth by the American Diabetes Association.

Our staff includes a Registered Dietitian and a Foot Care nurse. The center has access to the on-site pharmacy for consultation.

Our team approach follows the National Standards of Care set by the American Diabetes Association and the Education Recognition program. We encourage our patients to develop and possess the seven self-care behaviors of diabetes care which are: healthy eating, being active, taking medications, monitoring, problem solving, healthy coping and risk reduction.

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which the body either does not produce enough insulin or does not properly respond to it. Insulin is a hormone that allows the body to use sugar for energy. Without insulin, sugar will accumulate in the body's blood stream, leading to serious complications if uncontrolled.

How can I benefit from diabetes education?
Diabetes education can help you detect, prevent and manage your diabetes. Our goal as diabetes educators is to provide individuals with the tools necessary to independently manage their diabetes on a daily basis with confidence. As part of our educational program, we teach insulin education, insulin pump initiation and therapy, and continuous glucose monitoring.

How do I know if I have diabetes?
Signs and symptoms of diabetes are: extreme thirst, fatigue, dry skin, blurred vision, frequent urination, slow healing wounds.

Risk factors for diabetes are: overweight/central obesity (apple shape), smoking, family history, high blood pressure, history of diabetes during pregnancy, sedentary lifestyle.

Can I prevent diabetes? Yes!
Ways to Prevent Diabetes: increase physical activity; become educated on diabetes; eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables; lose excess body weight; make healthy lifestyle choices.

Does my insurance cover my visit to see a diabetes educator?
Most insurance plans follow the guidelines set by Medicare. Typically, 10 hours of Diabetes Education and 3 hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy will be covered in the initial stage of Diabetes Education. Coverage during subsequent years is typically 2 hours of Diabetes Education and 2 hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy. Check with your insurance company for coverage information.

How can I make an appointment?
If you or someone you know is experiencing the signs or symptoms of diabetes, it is important to see your doctor immediately. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, pre-diabetes or are interested in learning how to prevent diabetes, ask your doctor for a referral or contact our center at 218-743-4340 and we will assist you in obtaining a referral.

Contact us by email or by phone: (218) 743-4340

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