Educating yourself about diabetes is the most important thing you can do to improve your health and quality of life. Diabetes isn’t like other diseases – medication alone cannot effectively treat it, and your wellbeing is largely in your own hands. Your health is affected by nutrition and exercise, as well as medication, which means you need to understand how all of these holistically work together. We’d like to help you with that.
At Mahaska Health Partnership’s Oskaloosa campus, we have a full-time Certified Diabetes Educator, Sharon Ferguson, RN, who leads support groups and teaches classes to support diabetes sufferers and their caregivers in living well with diabetes. She’s a valuable resource, especially for those diagnosed with pre-diabetes, living with diabetes, or who may be at high risk for developing diabetes.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Continuous Glucose Monitoring – Requires you to wear a small device for three days that reads your glucose levels every minute. The data collected reveals correlations between medication delivery, food, exercise and glucose fluctuations to help you better control your levels.
Patient and Caregiver Education – Provided for inpatients as well as outpatients to help people with diabetes learn how to manage their disease.
Nutrition Counseling – Sharon partners with our full-time Clinical Dietitian to counsel you on healthy eating practices and meal planning. For more information on nutrition education, please see our Medical Nutrition Therapy page.
If you’d like additional information on diabetes classes and support groups, please see our page