Diabetes Center

For more information, call the MDH Diabetes Education Center at (309) 836-1631.

Nearly 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and 79 million have pre-diabetes. Yet more than 7 million of these people are unaware they have the disease. 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.

About the Diabetes Center

The Diabetes Education Center (DEC) at McDonough District Hospital can help relieve your fears and give you the tools you need to successfully manage your diabetes.

The DEC provides a comprehensive diabetes education program that is customized to address individualized needs. Education sessions are scheduled by appointment and provided on a fee-per-visit basis.

Medicare and most insurance companies will cover instruction with a doctor’s order. Medicare pays for 10 hours of diabetes self-management training education initially, and an additional two hours each year after that. Medicare also pays for three hours of medical nutritional therapy initially and then two hours each year after.

The Diabetes Education Center has been a recognized program by the American Diabetes Association since 2002.

Diabetes Center Services

  • Individualized Instruction, Education
  • Meal planning guidelines
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Lifestyle changes/goals
  • Basic understanding of diabetes
  • Type 1, Type 2, gestational, and glucose intolerance
  • Benefits of exercise
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Insulin administration and/or medication use, including insulin pump training
  • Prevention of complications
  • Self-management skills—Risk Reduction, Psychosocial Adjustment
  • Standards of care—Are you getting the quality care you deserve?
  • Glucose trending for 3-5 days using Continuous Glucose Monitor
  • Individualized Follow-Up
  • Resource Library

A Caring, Qualified Staff

The MDH Diabetes Education Center is staffed by a team of professionals with expertise in diabetes and diabetes self-management. This includes certified diabetes educators, registered nurses, registered and licensed dietitians, and a physician medical advisor.