ETMC Henderson Diabetes Education Outreach Center

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes…

…you are not alone. Approximately 1.7 million new cases of adult diabetes are diagnosed every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s 2014 Diabetes Report Card.

Whether it’s Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes, the condition affects your body’s ability to break down and use the sugars and carbohydrates you consume. As a result, glucose builds up in your bloodstream, damaging vessels in your eyes, heart, kidneys and/or nervous system. Left untreated, diabetes leads to blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and nerve impairment in the feet that may require amputation.

That’s why ETMC Henderson is committed to helping Rusk County residents with diabetes learn to keep their condition under control – and live healthier, longer lives. Our services allow you to receive local treatment for your diabetes, saving time and money on inconvenient travel – and, in the case of a diabetic crisis, giving you quick access to lifesaving emergency care.

Benefits of the ETMC Henderson Diabetes Education Outreach Center

Established in 1988, ETMC Henderson’s diabetes program was the first in East Texas to achieve national recognition as an education site from the American Diabetes Association. Thousands of people in our area with diabetes have since enrolled in our program to learn the self-management skills needed to control their disease.

The center also serves as a vital resource for early detection and increased awareness.

Our community health and wellness screenings continue to provide timely and sometimes lifesaving diagnoses for the citizens of the Henderson area.

Evidence-based outcomes show that participants in our program achieve their short-term and long-term goals of

  • improved quality of life
  • fewer hospital readmissions
  • fewer long-term complications including amputation, blindness, heart disease and kidney failure
  • reduction in hemoglobin A1c outcomes

“At the diabetes education outreach center, we empower people by giving them self-management skills to live a long and healthy life, as well as important information so they can recognize complications and make prompt crisis interventions.”
– Ella Brock, manager and program coordinator

How diabetes education at ETMC Henderson empowers you

According to the American Diabetes Association, 95 percent of dealing with diabetes is self-management of the condition. The ETMC Henderson Diabetes Education Outreach Center offers group and individual sessions that focus on self-management, with follow-up visits to keep you on the right track.

Topics covered include

  • general facts about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • gestational diabetes management
  • diabetes self-management skills
  • nutritional management
  • home blood glucose testing (and target levels)
  • medications (oral agents, Insulin, injectable agents, insulin titration)
  • hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia (signs, symptoms and treatment)
  • complications of diabetes
  • survival skills training
  • exercise and weight management
  • illness and sick day guidelines
  • community resources
  • smoking/tobacco cessation

If you’d like to share your journey with others who have diabetes, sign up for a group session at ETMC Henderson today and start building your community of support. To learn more, call 903-655-3795.

Know when to go to the emergency room

Because blood sugar levels are in constant flux, problems such as hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can become serious in a hurry. Running out of medication and/or supplies also can lead to an emergency situation.

Diabetes symptoms that require an immediate emergency center visit include

  • signs of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) including elevated blood glucose, frequent thirst, hunger, urination, stomach pains, nausea/vomiting, sweet smelling breath and staggering gait
  • loss of consciousness
  • elevated body temperature
  • confusion, disorientation and blood glucose outside target ranges
  • symptoms of a heart attack, such as chest, arm, jaw, back or neck pain and/or nausea
  • infectious wounds that aren’t healing

If you experience any of these symptoms, have someone immediately take you to ETMC Henderson or the closest emergency center. If no one is available to drive you, call 911. If you are in danger of losing consciousness, be sure to relate this to the 911 operator and unlock the front door if you can. Acting quickly is important, as this can be a life-or-death situation.

Don’t wait for diabetic emergency situations or complications

The ETMC Henderson Diabetes Education Outreach Center is here to help you learn to avoid devastating outcomes. If you need help managing your diabetes, simply have your primary care physician refer you to the center, and we’ll schedule a session for you. Our multidisciplinary approach includes your physician, a registered nurse/certified diabetes educator and a dietitian. Or simply call 903-655-3795 and our staff will help you get the referral you need.