Diabetes Self-management and Education

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One in every three people born today will develop diabetes during their lifetime. In Illinois, 500,000 people are diagnosed every year. Although it is a lifelong, incurable disease, careful management can slow its progression.

Learning about diabetes and following your care plan can greatly reduce your chance of developing complications. Complications can include:

  • Eye problems that can lead to blindness
  • Nerve damage, which can lead to infections and/or amputations
  • Kidney damage, which can lead to kidney failure and dialysis
  • High blood pressure, which can contribute to heart attack and strokes
  • Stroke and heart disease (two out of three people with diabetes may die of heart disease or stroke)
  • Skin complications and increased risk of infections
  • Ketoacidosis, which are high levels of ketones that can poison the body
  • Pregnancy issues (increased monitoring is necessary to prevent complications to mom and baby)

Although you feel fine, damage from complications can be taking place inside your body right now without you knowing it.

Find a diabetes education program near you

We provide individual assessments and counseling in:

  • Glucose monitoring;
  • Basic meal planning;
  • Exercise planning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Setting self-care goals;
  • Reducing the risk of complications;
  • Insulin and other injectable medication training; and
  • Insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor training.

We also provide support groups, community presentations, health fairs, and individual attention for patients who need nutrition counseling for other chronic diseases and weight management.

For your convenience, we provide education at five Mercy Diabetes Center locations in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Browse the Related Locations menu, or call toll-free (866) 520-6332.

Locations

Mercyhealth Diabetes Center–Harvard

348 S. Division St.
Harvard, IL 60033

Phone: (866) 520-6332

Mercyhealth Diabetes Center–Mall

1010 N. Washington St.
Janesville, WI 53548

Phone: (866) 520-6332

Mercyhealth Diabetes Center–McHenry

3922 Mercy Dr.
McHenry, IL 60050

Phone: (815) 344-4499

Mercyhealth Diabetes Center–Walworth

Hwys. 50 and 67, N2950 State Road 67
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Phone: (866) 520-6332

Mercyhealth Diabetes Center–Woodstock

2000 Lake Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098

Phone: (866) 520-6332

Mercyhealth Rockton Avenue, Building 1

2300 N. Rockton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103

Phone: (815) 971-2000
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