Diabetes & Endocrinology
Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital physicians provide you with expert care to help balance hormones and improve your bodily functions while living with diabetes.
Our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians and certified diabetes educators provide comprehensive care including medication management, education and treatment. We offer a wide range of outpatient services, including nutrition counseling and diabetes classes. Our endocrinologists and specialized care team work with you to manage and monitor your condition to ensure your treatment plan is effective.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with diabetes, IU Health Bedford Hospital can help with a wide range of outpatient programs and services. Our experienced diabetes educators have created a comprehensive program to help you and your family gain the knowledge and skills you need to achieve and maintain control of your diabetes.
Our diabetes counseling program helps you learn about aspects of self-care, including medicine management, diet and nutritional requirements. This information can help you achieve and maintain good diabetes control, which also helps to prevent any acute or long-term complications that may occur as a result of diabetes. Diabetes is a lifelong condition, and the information and skills you need to manage your diabetes may change over time. Our counseling program helps keep you informed about the best ways to manage your condition as your life and needs evolve.
At IU Health Bedford Hospital we offer:
- Individualized sessions for Type 1 diabetes and intensive diabetes self-management including insulin pump therapy
- In-group or individual sessions for Type 2 diabetes
- Gestational diabetes counseling
Our diabetes education program addresses a variety of topics, such as the benefits of exercise, foot and eye care, what to do during sick days and while traveling, the effect of stress on diabetes and behavior changes needed to live better and stay healthy.
Our “Introduction to Diabetes” class explores:
- How diabetes affects bodily functions
- The difference between Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes
- The relationship between good control and prevention of complications and the essential components of diabetes management
- Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and blood sugar monitoring
In “Introduction to Diabetes,” patients will learn about the causes of high blood sugar and diabetic coma and its symptoms, treatment and prevention. You will also learn how to monitor your own blood glucose.
We will cover the different types of insulin and their actions in the body. Oral medicines will be described, and we will discuss how they work and their potential side effects. We will also discuss low blood sugar and its causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention.
We will review the ever-important relationships between insulin, food, monitoring and exercise. There is a way to fit the foods you like into your meal plan, whether you are eating out, snacking or enjoying your favorite recipes. We will talk about eating heart healthy, and we also address questions about food product labels and how they can help inform a healthy diabetic diet.