Primary care for you and your family, close to home.
You have come to the right place if you are affected by diabetes. Wellstar’s award-winning department of Diabetes Services has the tools and people to help you, whether you have recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or a family member has had diabetes for many years.
We provide a wide range of services to assist you. Recent participants in Wellstar's Diabetes Education Program had a 71% reduction in hospital admissions, and a 55% reduction in emergency room visits.
To see if you or someone you know can benefit from our services, check the risk factors below. The more you have, the higher your risk.
To identify your diabetes risk factors, check the following:
Watch for these signs and symptoms of diabetes. Some people with diabetes may not exhibit any symptoms at all.
If you suspect you may have diabetes, visit Wellstar's Diabetes Diagnosis information and see your primary care physician.
Education is at the core of Wellstar's mission. Wellstar's Diabetes Services Program helps you prevent the onset of diabetes if you have pre-diabetes, and helps people with diabetes manage their disease and cope with its effects. The program is built on a team of certified diabetes educators, nurses and dietitians, and a social worker, who all provide education, support, and counseling.
Wellstar’s staff is a group of experienced, highly trained professionals. Certification as a diabetes educator requires extensive experience, examinations, and continuing education. Compassion and understanding drive our care. With employee engagement ranking in the top percentile by a recent Great Place to Work Trust Index Survey, our staff is dedicated to helping you improve your health.
Inpatient education is often the first instruction in the survival skills needed to avoid emergencies. Wellstar diabetes educators are registered nurses and registered dietitians specializing in diabetes. They instruct hospitalized patients and their families at Wellstar Cobb and Kennestone hospitals.
Wellstar's diabetes education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. We offer self-management classes frequently for easy accessibility, and you are welcome to bring a guest. A physician's order is usually required.
Wellstar’s comprehensive diabetes education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. A great deal of diabetes control is in your hands. Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, or have been living with your condition for years, diabetes classes bring you one step closer to successful self-care.
Diabetes is a complex disease that requires daily self-care, such as making healthy food choices, staying physically active, checking your blood sugar and taking medications as prescribed.
It is also important to learn to problem solve, reduce risks for complications and cope with lifestyle changes. Diabetes classes can give you the tools you need to control your diabetes, rather than letting it control you.
Education begins with an assessment of each patient’s individual needs and continues through to post-class follow-up. Successful self-care will help you feel better and can reduce your chance of developing complications including heart disease, vision problems, kidney disease, nerve damage, lower leg amputation and dental disease.
Wellstar Diabetes Services offers diabetes classes at Cobb, Douglas, Kennestone, Paulding and Windy Hill Hospitals, as well as Acworth and East Cobb Health Parks. Patients are welcome to bring a guest, free of charge. Culturally appropriate education through interpreters is available for non-English speaking people.
For your insurance to cover diabetes classes, you will need an order from your doctor. Diabetes education is a benefit under most insurance plans, including Medicare. However, a deductible or co-pay may apply. Please call your insurance company or your company’s benefits department to see how they will cover the classes. When calling the insurance company, tell them that Wellstar bills Diabetes Education Self-Management Classes as an “Outpatient Facility”. If diabetes classes are not covered by your insurance, you may contact Diabetes Services for information regarding flexible payment options.
Blood glucose is closely related to what and when you eat. Your overall health depends upon your choosing to eat a balanced diet. Wellstar's Diabetes Services Registered Dietitians are Certified Diabetes Educators who can help you develop meal plans that match your medical needs, tastes, and lifestyle.
Your educators will help you choose a reasonable weight goal. Body Mass Index (BMI) is the relationship between weight and height that is associated with body fat and health risk.
Wellness Warriors, a Diabetes Support Group meets monthly in multiple locations. The purpose of the support group is to encourage sharing of challenges of living with diabetes, to serve as a continuum of care in topics about diabetes self-management, and to assist members with weight management. Active group participation is encouraged. The topics are scheduled in advance and change monthly. The group is facilitated by a social worker and a diabetes educator. Group attendance is free, and prior registration is not required.