Managing Symptoms is Your Best Medicine
Take control over diabetes with help from the dedicated team of physicians, dieticians and certified diabetes educators at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. By equipping you with the knowledge and resources you need, we’ll help you manage living with the disease and provide additional treatment when necessary.
Living with diabetes can be challenging. That’s why physicians, diabetes educators and dietitians at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital will work with your doctor to provide high-quality health care and treatment of the disease. All treatment plans are personalized to each individual patient. Our Diabetes Self-Management Education program is certified by the American Diabetes Association. Registered dietitians and a diabetes educator lead the group classes, which are provided at no charge. Physician orders are required for services.
Wound healing can be more difficult for patients with diabetes. There tends to be a higher risk for infection, as well as loss of sensation, which may allow worsening wounds to go unnoticed. The specialists at BJC’s Advanced Wound Care Center in O’Fallon offer comprehensive and advanced treatments that promote full healing of wounds. Patients with diabetes should seek treatment as soon as possible for wounds, no matter how small.
Having diabetes or prediabetes puts you at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and the warning signs of a stroke.
Educational classes are conducted throughout the year. Topics include:
- Disease overview, including prediabetes and gestational diabetes
- Exercise and activity
- Blood sugar monitoring
- Sick day management
- Personal health habits
- Nutrition therapy
- Medical follow-up
The Diabetes Self-Management Education program meets year round.