Why should I see a diabetes educator?
Mercyhealth’s certified diabetes educators can give you the tools to:
- Learn basic information about diabetes and how it affects you and your body.
- Understand any medications you may be prescribed, including oral medications and insulin.
- Adopt healthy eating habits that assist you control your diabetes while still tasting good.
- Develop new exercise habits.
- Develop ways to handle stress.
- Monitor your blood sugars, and understand what the numbers mean and how to handle changes.
- Learn any devices you may use for your care, such as blood sugar meters, insulin pens, continuous glucose monitors and more.
- Understand preventive care measures to take yourself and with your physician.
- Help you understand any questions you may have.
- Support you in any way we can, including with your medical care and with understanding and adapting to diabetes.
How do I enroll in Mercyhealth’s diabetes education program?
A referral from your doctor is required to see a diabetes educator.
If you see a Mercyhealth doctor, ask him to complete a referral in our electronic medical record. This referral comes directly to the Mercyhealth Diabetes Center. We will review the referral so we can tailor your education to meet your needs, and we will also review your insurance coverage.
If you have a non-Mercyhealth doctor, ask your doctor to fill out the Physician Referral form and fax it to our office at (608) 741-2438. We will review the referral so we can tailor your education to meet your needs, and we will also review your insurance coverage.
We will contact you to schedule an appointment as soon as we have reviewed your referral, typically 1-2 days after we receive it.
What should I do until I see a Mercyhealth diabetes educator?
- Take the medications prescribed by your doctor
- Modify your diet
- Monitor your blood glucose
Start your plan for healthy living today. Make your appointment with a diabetes educator by calling (866) 520-6332.