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Diabetes

Helping you live an active, healthy life with diabetes

It doesn’t matter if you have just been diagnosed or if you have lived with the disease your entire life – diabetes can be challenging to manage. At Novant Health, we can help you reduce the complications of this disease by providing advanced diagnoses and treatments.

For more information about managing your diabetes, diabetes prevention and diabetes treatment, please call the Novant Health Diabetes Center at

704-384-7390

Using the power of knowledge to fight diabetes

While early detection and medical treatments are important factors in providing care for diabetes, we are firm believers that knowledge is also an effective tool. We offer a variety of programs and classes that can help you effectively self-manage diabetes and reduce its impact on your life. The programs we provide include:

Diabetes self-management program - Learn how to manage your diabetes with our three-part, self-management course, Living with Diabetes. From learning about the basics, such as the skills needed to control blood sugars and how to use a blood glucose monitor, to more in-depth skills such as carbohydrate counting and how to order when eating out, our team will teach you the ‘ins and outs’ of managing diabetes. Physician referral required. The course consists of three parts:

  • Part I: Basics of Diabetes
  • Part II: Living with Diabetes
  • Part III: Three-Month Follow-Up

Gestational diabetes / diabetes and pregnancy program - This program provides in-depth education on managing gestational diabetes and preexisting diabetes and pregnancy. For patients with gestational diabetes, the curriculum includes:

  • Explanation of gestational diabetes
  • Risks to the baby
  • Prevention of type 2 diabetes postpartum
  • Blood glucose monitoring and glucose goals
  • Exercise
  • Stress management
  • Nutrition education and individualized meal plans
  • Signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia
  • Goal-setting
  • Insulin instruction, when needed

Ongoing follow-up is provided throughout pregnancy, as needed.

For patients with preexisting diabetes, the curriculum includes:

  • Explanation of risks for mother and baby
  • Blood glucose monitoring and glucose goals
  • Exercise
  • Stress management
  • Nutrition education and individualized meal plans
  • Signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia
  • Goal-setting
  • Insulin instruction

Ongoing follow-up is provided throughout pregnancy, as needed.

Glucose sensor training - Continuous glucose monitoring sensors work by transmitting glucose readings to a handheld receiver. A small wire-like sensor that measures the glucose levels is inserted under the skin and is held in place by an adhesive. The sensors measure glucose levels continuously, in real time. There are sensors that work with insulin pumps and sensors for people who do not wear insulin pumps. This is a new and exciting way to see your blood sugar levels continuously around the clock.

Sensors can help you see the effects of food, exercise, and your medication and help prevent high and low blood sugars. They can warn you of changes and trends in your blood sugar levels so you and your physician can make decisions about your carbohydrate intake.

Insulin pump training - This training session is an individual appointment to instruct you on insulin administration for insulin pump evaluation and training, which includes the following:

  • Insulin types, peak times and administration
  • Glucose monitoring and glucose goals
  • Hypoglycemia (recognition, prevention and treatment)
  • Intensive insulin therapy with carbohydrate counseling
  • Initiation of all brands of insulin pumps
  • Follow up with physician for insulin adjustment

Insulin pump evaluation, training, initiation and follow-up are provided for all brands of insulin pumps.

Nutrition consults - If you are living with diabetes or are at high risk for developing it, it is important to work with a nutritionist to determine the best foods for you to eat. At our Diabetes Resource Center, we offer one-on-one consultations with certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians. A physician referral is required.

Education for parents who have a child living with diabetes – If your child is living with diabetes, we’re here to help. Our Diabetes Resource Centers offer one-on-one appointments with children and their parents to assist in learning to manage the disease. A provider referral is required.

Treating and preventing diabetes

Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, eating a healthy diet and reducing stress are important when it comes to treating and preventing diabetes; we will give you the tools you need to successfully make these lifestyle changes. We also help identify risk factors for diabetes and conduct diabetes screenings if you are at risk of developing the disease.

Novant Health Diabetes Resource Centers are located in Charlotte, Huntersville and Matthews.

In Charlotte, the Novant Health Diabetes Center is located in the medical tower across from Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center:

1718 East 4th St., Suite 207, Charlotte, NC 28204.

For more information about managing your diabetes, diabetes prevention and diabetes treatment, call 704-384-7390.

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