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Diabetes Care and Education

Diabetes Care Coordinator Dee Meerdink, RN, CDCES, is part of a team that works closely with your family medicine provider, nurses, support staff, and our dietitians to help you navigate your healthcare and manage your diabetes … seamlessly and with less stress.

Orange City Area Health System is your partner in diabetes prevention, management, and care. Our Outpatient Diabetes Education Program is proud to offer comprehensive educational programs for those with diabetes. In addition to individual sessions with our diabetes care coordinator and/or registered dieticians, we offer the following education opportunities. Click here to register.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support:

Taught by Orange City Area Health System’s highly trained diabetes education team; these 2 hour group classes are designed for newly diagnosed diabetics or for those who are looking for a refresher course. Topics covered include: Overview of diabetes, blood glucose monitoring, carbohydrate counting, food label reading, exercise, medications, complication prevention, sick day care, and stress management.

Gestational Diabetes Group Classes:

Orange City Area Health System’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program offers group classes to women diagnosed with gestational diabetes. With this class, expectant mothers learn the skills for managing their blood sugar through healthy eating, increased activity, blood glucose monitoring, and stress management.

Pre-diabetes Group Classes:

Concerned about Pre-diabetes? This 2 hour group class teaches you about healthier eating and exercise habits to improve your health and reduce your chance of having Type 2 Diabetes. Research has shown that losing weight and exercising most days of the week may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, a serious medical condition that develops more frequently in this population. Taught by Orange City Area Health System’s highly trained diabetes education team.

Support Groups:

In conjunction with Orange City Area Health System’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program, we offer a “Sweet Talk” Diabetes Support Group for the community.

Insulin Pump Management:

Pumps can help some people achieve better control and some people prefer this continuous system of insulin delivery over injections. Contact the diabetes care coordinator for more information.=

Continuous Glucose Monitoring services:

Continuous Glucose Monitoring can be used by type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients who would like better glucose control to improve the health and quality of their lives. Contact the diabetes care coordinator for more information.


Preventing diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States. You can prevent vision loss and blindness associated with diabetic retinopathy with a quick, painless, and convenient IRIS exam, conveniently performed in our Orange City Family Medicine Clinic. It is important that diabetics receive annual retinal assessments for diabetic retinopathy, even if they are not experiencing problems with their vision. Most insurance plans cover this innovative procedure for their patients. Click here to learn more.