Diabetes & Chronic Disease
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Are you Living Healthy With Diabetes?
Whether diabetes affects you or someone in your family, the following tips are healthy habits to help you live smarter.
- Eat on a regular schedule. Plan ahead and make your meals well-balanced
- Exercise regularly
- Take care of your feet
- Don’t smoke
- Know your numbers by having your A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol tested regularly
Diabetes Management and Wellness
This program from the International Diabetes Center delivers basic education for patients to understand and take care of their diabetes on a daily basis. Structured to encourage, support and promote self-management and long term maintenance, this class is delivered in multiple sessions. A referral from your doctor is required.
People with diabetes should have an annual comprehensive foot exam to reduce the risk of foot complications. This exam is painless, non-invasive and takes about 15 minutes.
Cornerstone Retinopathy Clinic
Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, a Virginia Mason Memorial clinic, now offers retinopathy exams for people with diabetes. Diabetes-related retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in American adults, and it affects over one in four of those living with diabetes.
At first, diabetic retinopathy might cause no symptoms or only mild vision problems. Eventually, it can cause blindness. But blindness can be prevented if the complication is caught early.
Virginia Mason Memorial’s Retinopathy Clinic is available on a walk-in basis. No referral is needed. The clinic is open 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays; and 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays.
You do not need to be a patient at Cornerstone to utilize the Retinopathy Clinic.
If you have not had an eye exam within one year, insurance should cover the cost. Memorial Cornerstone Medicine is located at 4003 Creekside Loop.
Gestational Diabetes Management
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy. Understand how to manage gestational diabetes with proper nutrition, physical activity and blood sugar monitoring.
Receive personal instruction and hands on experience on safely administering insulin.
Medical nutrition therapy consultation - (up to 3 hours with registered dietitian)
Meet with a registered dietician to help establish a healthy personal meal plan that will address health issues such as blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, kidney issues, or those with specific dietary restrictions.
If you have questions regarding diabetes, other chronic disease management, or need assistance regarding program offerings, call Memorial's Diabetes Management and Wellness at (509) 249-5243.
Nail Care Treatment
We are able to address problems such as thickened nails from fungus, ingrown toenails, callouses, corns, and the unique conditions related to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. After this evaluation is complete, your nails will be professionally trimmed and problem areas addressed.
Diabetes Classes & Events
Our Certified Diabetes Educators
Most diabetes education programs are covered by insurance.