Diabetes

Regional Health offers services for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of diabetes. Several of our facilities offer diabetes education programs that assess the patient's goals and needs and help that patient self-manage his or her diabetes in daily life. Regional Health also offers metabolic surgery which can treat diabetes without the need for further medication in up to 88% of cases. For more information on metabolic surgery, please visit the Bariatrics and Weight Management page.

If you have diabetes, you will personally manage most of your care. Though you may feel fine, the disease can slowly damage your body. This is why education becomes so important. You should have education when diagnosed, when problems arise, and every year thereafter. Our classes help you gain confidence in managing your own personal health. You have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the challenges of daily diabetes management.

Diabetes Education services are offered at:

  • Rapid City Regional Medical Clinic - Aspen Centre
  • Queen City Regional Medical Clinic
  • Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital

The following educational programs are available:

  • Self-Management (individual and group classes available): If you have diabetes, these classes can help you gain confidence in managing your own personal health. Studies show that people who have education have better outcomes. These classes include an individual assessment, a review of diabetes disease process, nutrition management, physical activity, medications, monitoring, high and low blood glucose, complications and reducing risk, psychosocial adjustment, and problem solving.
  • Advanced Insulin Management: Will teach you to safely make changes in insulin doses, using protocols established by our endocrinologists. You will work closely with diabetes educators to improve your diabetes control.
  • Gestational Management Education: Will provide education to maintain blood glucose control during pregnancy and reduce your risks.
  • Insulin Injections: How to use insulin tools, such as insulin pens or be prepared for hypoglycemia.
  • Insulin Pump Management: This program includes clinical screening of skills necessary for insulin pump use, technical training on the pump, outpatient pump starts, recommended dosage rates, and making minor changes in insulin doses.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy: A consultation with a Registered Dietitian; topics may include carbohydrate counting, understanding nutrition labels, meal planning, nutritional management of weight, lipids, high blood pressure, and celiac disease.
  • Pre-conception and Pregnancy Management: Designed for diabetes patients who are planning to have children.
  • Pre-diabetes/Metabolic Syndrome: Many insurance companies do not pay for this important service. Consider attending our Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • Diabetes Prevention: Diabetes educators facilitate the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). The NDPP is research based program that offers both the knowledge and support that are needed to promote lifestyle changes that are proven to help almost 60% of people at risk for type 2 diabetes prevent it. The lifestyle changes focus on transforming dietary and physical activity habits with the goal being to lose 7% of body weight. The program consists of 22 one-hour group sessions that meet over the course of one year. Participants must be 18 years or more and meet criteria that show diabetes risk. The cost of the program is $99.00. See the link for the Diabetes Risk Quiz.
  • Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Support Groups: This is for those with diabetes or those at risk for diabetes as well as their family members and friends. You need not have participated in the Diabetes Education or Diabetes Prevention Program to participate. It is free and no pre-registration is needed. D
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring System: Test for patients with unexplained blood glucose excursions, hypoglycemic episodes, high A1C with hypoglycemia, uncontrolled glucose, gastroparesis, and/or hyperglycemia. You will wear a monitor for three to four days.

Program Costs

Assessment and education costs vary according to your needs. You are billed for the amount of time you spend with the educator. Group class rates are less than the individual education. Please call for current rates.

Many insurance companies, and Medicare Part B, cover these costs after deductibles are met. Some companies require pre-authorization. Ask about diabetes self-management training rather than diabetes education if you have questions about your coverage, and contact your insurance company prior to your appointment to determine your coverage.

For more information:
American Diabetes Association