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Diabetes Outpatient Education Resources

The Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) program at Phelps Health offers the following helpful resources:

  • A plan designed to help meet your diabetes needs
  • Group or one-on-one class settings
  • Up-to-date diabetes information
  • Discussion of nutrition facts, carbohydrate counting and the plate method
  • Individualized meal planning with a dietitian
  • Instructions on how to use your glucose meter and what to do when your blood sugar is not normal
  • Survival skills for the newly diagnosed
  • Diabetes screenings
  • A better understanding of the short- and long-term complications of diabetes
  • Medication information
  • Information on insulin and glucagon
  • Follow-up visits and phone calls
  • Medical Nutritional Therapy

How a Referral Works

Services provided through the Phelps Health DSMES program require a referral from your primary care provider. Once a referral is received by the DSMES, you can expect the following:

  • An individualized plan, tailored to your diabetes needs and lifestyle goals
  • An environment where interactive participation is part of the learning process
  • An open, supportive setting, where questions and conversations are encouraged
  • A highly skilled healthcare team who will support you every step of the way

On your first visit, be sure to bring the following:

  • Your current medication list
  • A current list of your blood sugar readings, if available
  • Your glucose meter and supplies

If you have diabetes, help is available. The Phelps Health DSMES has the tools and educational resources you need to manage your diabetes and enjoy life. For more information about services offered, please contact the Phelps Health Diabetes Education Department at (573) 458-7314.

The American Diabetes Association recognizes the Phelps Health DSMES as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.

Facts About Diabetes

  • About 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
  • Diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce insulin (type 1) or does not properly use insulin (type 2).
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
  • More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, with nearly 700,000 of those living in Missouri.
  • Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.


Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Blurry vision
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased fatigue
  • Infections and slow healing of cuts and sores
  • Irritability
  • Unexplained weight loss

Risk Factors for Diabetes

  • Age 45 or older
  • Blood sugar levels outside of the normal range
  • Blurry vision
  • Delivery of a baby weighing more than nine pounds
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Frequent urination
  • High total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides with low HDL cholesterol
  • History of heart attack, stroke or chest pain
  • Increased fatigue
  • Infections and slow healing of cuts and sores
  • Irritability
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Overweight
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)


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