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Diabetes Care

Diabetes Care

The Diabetes Treatment Center (DTC) at Redmond Regional is a unique resource that offers educational programs for the treatment and management of diabetes. The diabetes team at Redmond Regional Medical Center works closely with the physician providing care for the patient in order to give the most precise and comprehensive education available.

The DTC staff assists physicians in the development of case management and monitors plans while providing the education and training necessary for the patient to care for their diabetes.

Redmond offers a diabetes support group that meets the last Thursday of each month from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the Lower Level Classroom B at Redmond. The diabetes care team also assists at various times with community health fairs for our local city and county employees and local industries as well.

The Diabetes Treatment Center’s hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm Our contact numbers are (706) 802-3156 or (706) 236-4957.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a health problem in which glucose (sugar) can build up in your blood if it not treated properly, resulting in damaged blood vessels, nerve endings, and organs in your body, which can cause long term compliations

Glucose comes from the food you eat. All cells of your body need glucose for energy. A hormone called insulin helps the glucose move through your blood stream to the cells in your body. When you have diabetes, your body can either not make insluin or the insulin that is made cannot be used properly, resulting in a build up of glucose in the blood stream.


Two Types of Diabetes:

Type 1

  • Your pancreas no longer makes insulin.
  • You must take daily injections (shots) of insulin.
  • Your body must have insulin to use glucose in the food for energy.

Type 2

  • Your pancreas continues to make insulin, but may not make enough insulin or the insulin cannot be used the way it should.
  • You may take medication to help control type 2 diabetes which can be pills and/or insulin injections.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes:

Low Blood Sugar

  • Sweaty
  • Nervous
  • Hungry
  • Dizzy
  • Drowsy
  • Headache
  • Rapid Heart Rate

High Blood Sugar

  • Thirsty
  • Frequent Urination
  • Dry Mouth
  • Blurred Vision
  • Tired
  • Weakness
  • Pain or Tingling in Feet or Legs

Diabetes is a life long health problem that does not go away. There is no cure for diabetes but there are things you can do to help control high blood glucose.


The Diamond Approach to Diabetes Management:

Monitoring - Check your blood sugar at least one time per day. As a rule, blood sugar should always be less than 150. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before testing.

Stress - Stress may cause blood sugar to go up, this could be positive or negative stress. Stress can come from your thoughts, feelings, environment, or body. It is helpful to have a support system (i.e. friends, family, or an organized diabetes management support group).

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Exercise - Benefits of exercise are lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, lowers risk of heart disease, reduces stress, improves blood lipid levels, and strengthens bones.

Learn More About Exercise & Diabetes

Meal Planning - Your meal plan should be based on your needs. A dietician can help you know the number of calories, and types of foods your body needs. Eat meals and snacks on time.

  • Do not skip meals.
  • Healthy food choices will help you control your blood glucose.
  • Watch your portion sizes.
  • Work with your health care team until you have the right meal plan to suit your needs.
  • Eat a wide variety of foods.
  • Choose foods that are baked, broiled, grilled, poached, or steamed-not fried.