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Diabetes Education

Fairfield Memorial Hospital is pleased to be able to provide Southeastern Illinois’ first Diabetes Self Management Program.
What is Diabetes Education?
Diabetes Education can provide you and your family with increased knowledge about diabetes, help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and teach self-management skills.
Will I need a referral?
Yes, a physician's referral is necessary to participate in the Diabetes Outpatient Education Program; however, anyone can contact Stephen Welty, RN, CDE, at 618-842-4617, ext. 4812, to get the referral process started.
How is education offered?
  • Individual educational sessions
  • Group classes
  • Diabetic support groups
  • Diabetic health fairs
  • Diabetes Education is offered at Horizon Healthcare on Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30-4:30  
Who will teach me?
  • Stephen Welty, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, Primary Educator
  • Whitney Buckles, RD, LDN
What will I learn about?
  • Creating a personalized approach focusing on your individual needs for healthier living
  • The different types of diabetes
  • Meal planning/nutrition
  • The importance of physical activity and exercise
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose
  • Medications (oral and insulin) associated with the treatment of diabetes
  • Acute and long term complications of the disease
  • Sick day management
  • Community resources, and much, much more
What are some symptoms of Diabetes?
  • Frequent or increased urination especially at night
  • Frequent or increased thirst or dry mouth
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Changes in behavior, such as being irritable
  • Increased fatigue or tiredness, being sleepy through the day
  • Blurred vision
  • Skin sores that heal slowly
Who can have Type 2 Diabetes?
Anyone, regardless of age, can have type 2 (or adult) diabetes.  Risk factors include being overweight, family history of diabetes, other chronic health problems, lack of physical activity, and a history of gestational diabetes.  Diagnosing points for type 2 diabetes is an A1C of 6.5 or higher, a fasting blood sugar of 126 or higher, or a random blood sugar of over 200.  Type 2 diabetes is controlled with healthy meals and exercise, oral meds, and/or injectable medications.
What about Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes? 
This is an autoimmune disease that happens for an unknown, unavoidable reason and completely stops the bodies ability to produce insulin.  Often diagnosed at a young age, but can be diagnosed into adulthood.  The onset is often quick, rapid weight loss, great increase in thirst and urination will happen sometimes in just a few days or weeks.  While healthy meals are important for all of us, insulin injections are always required multiple times daily with Type 1 diabetes for life.


Diabetes Education Office
618-842-4617 ext. 4812
Office hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday and Friday


To download the Diabetes Self-Management Program Session Materials, click here
Living Well with Diabetes Guide, click here
Diabetes Support Group Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday each month at 4 p.m. in the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Medical Arts Complex Community Education Room. 
2018 Diabetes Support Group Dates:
January 18th | February 15th | March 15th | April 19th | May 17th | June 21st | July 19th | August 16th | September 20th | October 18th | November 15th | December 20th
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