Diabetes management in the heart of Denver

The Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Diabetes Management Center provides an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for everyone with diabetes, their families and others responsible for their care. Our certified diabetes educators will work closely with you, your physician and your entire support network. We will teach you about diabetes and the risks associated with the disease. Our goal is to help you effectively manage your diabetes, so you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle.

To learn more about our diabetes services, call the Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Diabetes Management Center at (720) 754-6891.

Symptoms of diabetes

Diabetes symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of the disease.

Those who have Type 1 diabetes may display symptoms of unplanned weight loss, extreme thirst and frequent urination.

Those who have Type 2 diabetes, however, may have no symptoms or may have persistent thirst, hunger and fatigue. They may also experience hazy vision and non-healing wounds.

Gestational diabetes usually has no symptoms. It is diagnosed with a glucose tolerance test ordered and/or administered by your doctor.

Self-management program for diabetes

We are committed to providing the highest quality of diabetes self-management education based on the American Diabetes Association's Standards of Care. As part of that, our diabetes program at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s is recognized as an American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Program.

Recognition


For excellence and high-standards in care, our diabetes program has been recognized as an American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Program.

Diabetes education and support

We offer the following classes and individual sessions at the Diabetes Management Center:

  • Continuous Self-Monitoring for Blood Glucose—At your first appointment, a certified diabetes educator will connect your monitoring device. A week later, we will remove the device and download the results. We then review them with you and send a copy to your doctor.
  • Gestational Diabetes—This two-hour class and single follow-up visit includes instruction on monitoring your blood sugars, diet and medications during your pregnancy.
  • Insulin Management—Often, insulin doses need to be adjusted. In this session, we work closely with you and your doctor to make the changes and assure you understand them.
  • Insulin Pump Therapy—This is a one-on-one session for those interested in insulin pump therapy. It includes an initial consultation and demonstration of various pumps to help with pump selection.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy—If you would like assistance with meal planning, you can schedule an appointment with a dietitian to discuss and plan your nutrition therapy.
  • New Diagnosis for Type 1 Diabetes—This class is a series of individualized sessions with a certified diabetes educator.
  • New Diagnosis for Type 2 Diabetes—A nurse (and/or dietitian as needed) teaches this four-class series in two-hour segments, based on your needs assessment.
  • Tune Up—For individuals who need a review of their self-management skills, you can schedule this "Tune Up" appointment with a nurse or dietitian.

Register for a diabetes education class

We encourage you to bring a support person, such as a family member or friend, to classes and appointments to ensure your questions are answered throughout your care.

To register for a class or individual session, contact our Diabetes Management Center. Cost for these programs will vary depending on your insurance provider, co-pay and deductible.

The Diabetes Management Center is open:

Monday through Thursday
8:00am to 4:00pm

Friday
7:00am to 11:00am

To register for a diabetes self-management class or individual session, call our Diabetes Management Center at (720) 754-6891.

Physician referrals

We invite your physician to become familiar with the services we offer. We will work closely with them to assist in managing your diabetes as well as referring you to the program if needed. Encourage your doctor to call us with any questions they may have regarding our services.

Questions about diabetes

Is there a cure for Type 1 diabetes?

No, there is currently no cure. However, it can be treated successfully by taking insulin. Also, continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps make it easier for people to manage their Type 1 diabetes.

Should I follow a gluten-free diet if I have Type 1 diabetes?

In general, people who benefit from a gluten-free diet are those who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease is more common among people with Type 1 diabetes, but it is still a small percentage of people.

Can I reverse my Type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed or go into remission. This requires increasing physical activity, careful diet-monitoring and weight loss (if not already at a healthy weight). It can be difficult to achieve without some assistance.

It is also important to note that Type 2 diabetes is progressive. This means that even if you are doing everything right, Type 2 diabetes could return as you age.

How many carbohydrates can I eat a day with Type 2 diabetes?

The amount of carbohydrates you can consume if you have diabetes depends on your height and weight, your blood glucose and whether or not you are trying to lose weight. Our diabetes educators can work with you to create individualized meal plans.

What are healthy eating guidelines for a person with Type 2 diabetes?

You should follow your doctor's guidelines on a healthy diet if you have either type of diabetes. However, in general, you should:

  • Choose fewer processed foods and eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Eat at least twice a day—ideally only when you are hungry
  • Choose smaller portions and appropriate amounts of food

Does my insurance cover diabetes education?

In most cases, insurance does cover diabetes education. However, there might be limits to how many visits you can have with a diabetes educator.

If you need information to share with your insurance company, call us at (720) 754-6891.

Diabetes at HealthONE

Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s production of glucose and insulin levels. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body suffers from a lack of insulin produced by the pancreas. Type 2, gestational and prediabetes are all a result of an excess amount of sugar in the blood, or high glucose levels.

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