Providence Saint John's Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department has Certified Diabetes Educators who offer comprehensive diabetes education.
Staff members train patients how to test their blood glucose level and use insulin delivery equipment, such as insulin syringes, PENs and pumps. They will also provide patients with glucometers as needed as well as diet and nutrition assistance to help patients adjust to their new lifestyle.
- Diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2
- Gestational diabetes
- Insulin resistance
- Pre-diabetes mellitus
- Nutrition and meal planning
- Carbohydrate counting
- Glucometer training
- Lifestyle management
- On-site insulin pump training center
- Weight management programs
Additionally, the department provides diabetes patients the lifestyle management skills they need, including stress management, exercise and skin and foot care instructions.
The department also works closely with physicians to provide the best medical care available.
Insurance providers require a written referral. A doctor must fill out a Providence Saint John’s Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department referral form before a patient can be seen. Forms can be given to the nutritionist at the time of the appointment or faxed to 310-315-6131.
Private insurance and physician groups often cover a variety of diagnoses for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). Contracts are with Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Medicare covers diabetes and renal disease and will expand coverage to other medical conditions in the near future. As a courtesy, Providence Saint John’s offers private discounts for those not covered by insurance.