Cherokee Diabetes provides medical, nutritional and educational services to people with diabetes as well as those at high risk for developing diabetes. Generally you don’t need an appointment; just come by for a screening. Our clients include those eligible for services at Cherokee Indian Hospital.
• We provide individualized medical care to all our clients to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.
• Each person has an assigned provider, who works with a case manager, to allow for continuity of care.
• We offer Point of Care laboratory tests and employ a full-time phlebotomist for our clients’ convenience
• Diabetes supplies including glucometers, blood sugar testing supplies and insulin syringes are available on-site
• We incorporate group medical visits
• We provide referrals to specialists and assist in scheduling appointments for other aspects of health care
We also provide education on diabetes care and treatment. We offer community-based education, as well as an assortment of support groups and education classes. Education is available in the following areas:
• Blood sugar monitoring
Medications and insulin
• Foot care
• Smoking cessation
• Lipid management
• Hypertension management
• Kidney disease
• Fitting diabetes into your life
• Stress management
• Life skills for wellness
• Weight management
We offer traditional medical care as well as complementary healthcare including yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture and meditation therapy classes.
Support services are always available to help clients cope with the emotional challenges of diabetes and everyday life.
We have glucometers that are simpler to use and more advanced in technology. To receive a new glucometer, you must meet previous eligibility - i.e. enrolled member, prescription from a provider, etc. Call for an apointment for gluccometer training.You can come in on the day you would be picking up your supplies. We will no longer provide strips for the meters you are currently using.
SOME COMMON SIGNS OR SYMPTONS OF DIABETES
• Tired all the time
• Always thirsty
• Need to urinate often
• Blurry vision
• Always hungry
Sudden weight loss
• Sexual problems
• Wounds that won't heal
• Numb or tingling hands or feet
...some people have no symptoms
RISK FACTORS FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES INCLUDE
• Older age
• Being overweight
• Family history of diabetes