Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes is unknown, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Half of all Americans who have diabetes are not aware they have the disease and some people have no symptoms at all. A simple blood sugar test only takes a few minutes and gives you immediate results. Symptoms of diabetes can include:
- Extreme thirst
- Itchy skin
- Skin infections
- Blurred vision
- Intense hunger
- Fast weight loss
- Frequent urination
- Nausea and vomiting
- Numbness or tingling in extremities
It is important to know if you have diabetes so you can take good care of yourself and prevent complications.
Are you at risk for diabetes? Take the diabetes risk test developed by the American Diabetes Association to find out.
About the Martin Health Diabetes Education Program
We provide you with affordable and accessible information on how to manage your diabetes. Our program will help you improve your diabetes self-care skills and enhance your quality of life. You will complete a series of classes that will help you:
- Understand diabetes
- Learn about what and how much you should be eating
- Gain coping mechanisms
- Reduce risk of long-term complications
- Decrease hospital admissions
- Learn how to live successfully with diabetes
Our program for adult, pediatric and gestational diabetes is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Experienced, certified diabetes educators plan and conduct the program, which is designed for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The program includes one-on-one counseling and group classes. Family members are encouraged to attend. You will learn about:
- Diabetes nutrition
- Stress control
- Personal health habits, including skin, foot, dental care and more
- Prevention, detection and treatment of acute and chronic complications
- Glucose monitoring
Classes are held at Martin Health Medical Center in Stuart. One-on-one appointments are available in Stuart, Jensen Beach and St. Lucie West.
Insulin pump training is conducted by a certified insulin pump trainer. Individual classes are available for children, those with special needs or those who speak Spanish.
How to Qualify for the Program
Your doctor can refer you to the program. If you have HMO insurance, your doctor will get an authorization from your insurance. After receiving the prescription from your physician, we will contact you to schedule your initial appointment and register you for our next class series.
Please download and print this diabetes education referral form and take it to your doctor for signature. You may also call our office and we can expedite getting your physician's signature.
Cost of the Program
The cost will depend on the type of education your physician has recommended. Most insurance companies and Medicare cover the cost of this program. We will file with your insurance carrier for you. Please call us for more information.