Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Diabetes Center provides an individualized program for self-management of diabetes
, as well as educational services for outpatients and their families. The center’s goal is to provide people with diabetes the opportunity to live as normal and as full a life as possible.
The center, established in 1996, has been awarded its fourth three-year Education Recognition Certificate from the American Diabetes Association for continuing to meet national standards for quality diabetes self-management education.
The Diabetes Center offers:
- one-on-one educational counseling
- blood glucose monitoring
- meal planning and nutritional counseling
- information on preventing complications
- resource management
- exercise planning
- insulin pump therapy by certified pump trainers
- psychosocial counseling
- family support
- a gestational program for those with diabetes only during pregnancy
Our educational classes include:
- diabetes overview
- nutrition (includes meal planning and carbohydrate counting)
- fitness guidelines
- stress and weight management
- blood glucose monitoring
- foot care
- community resources
- behavioral goal-setting
Our support group at the hospital is Living Well with Diabetes (adult group), which is held quarterly. For dates, call 908-685-2846.
Directed by a board certified endocrinologist, the staff includes a clinical nurse specialist, an advanced practice nurse, certified diabetes nurse educators, registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators.
Diabetes Exercise Program
For those with diabetes, exercise can improve blood sugar control, reduce body fat and stress and lead to more efficient use of insulin by the body. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset's Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Center offers a diabetes exercise program supervised by an exercise physiologist and conducted in a small group setting.
Doctor's written medical clearance is required before participation in this program.
Clients may choose to exercise two or three times per week. The monthly fee for two times per week is $55 per month, and three times per week is $80 per month. A fitness screen, including a one-hour initial visit and a future follow up session is $55 and is required prior to fitness membership. Health insurance normally does not cover this exercise program, but may reimburse you a portion of the cost if you have wellness benefits. Contact your insurance company to find out if you have wellness benefits and, if so, what they require for reimbursement. For more information, call 908-203-5972.
For more information about Diabetes Center services, call 908-685-2846.
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