Medical Services

Medical Services

Diabetes Education

Pre-diabetes class aims to prevent complications Mercy offers a class six times a year. more info

Mercy offers an Outpatient Diabetes Education Program and Outpatient Pregnancy Diabetes Education Program. Both programs are recognized by the American Diabetes Association, and certified by the State of Iowa. The Outpatient Diabetes Education Program includes:

  • Initial assessment of the person's educational needs
  • Education specific to the needs of the individual, and ordered by the physician
  • Instruction in a group or individual setting

Information covered includes:

  • What diabetes is
  • Self Blood Glucose Monitoring
  • Exercise
  • Diet management
  • Medication
  • Insulin Administration
  • Acute complications
  • Chronic complications
  • Coping with diabetes
  • Achievement of goals
  • Insulin pump therapy

Instruction for diabetes during pregnancy is scheduled for two hours, with follow-up appointments. Topics include:

  • What is diabetes and how does it affect the mother and the baby
  • Self blood glucose monitoring
  • Diet
  • Safe exercise

Classes are held in the Diabetes Education office located in Suite 001 (lower level), Mercy Medical Plaza, 540 E. Jefferson Street.

Insurance may cover the cost of Diabetes Education. Pre-diabetes class is self pay. Mercy also provides a monthly support group for people with type 2 diabetes.The group meets in the first floor conference room on the first Thursday of each month, with times alternating between day and evening. At the 1 p.m. meetings, participants are invited to bring their lunch; beverages provided.

For more information, contact Mercy On Call at 358-2767 or 800-358-2767.

For more information about diabetes visit Mercy's Health Library