Jul. 09, 2012
A new and expansive online resource for people living with diabetes or pre-diabetes has been created by the Diabetes Education Centre (DEC) of St. Joseph’s Health Care London.
The DEC’s webpages on the St. Joseph’s public website now house a wide range of practical and reliable patient information in a user-friendly format to help individuals manage their diabetes day-to-day. The site can be found at www.sjhc.london.on.ca/diabeteseducation
“As a centre of excellence regionally, nationally and internationally, we wanted to create something substantial yet easy to navigate that allows people to find very specific information quickly,” explains Maureen Loft, DEC Nurse Practitioner. “When patients come to the DEC, there is a lot to learn and it can be overwhelming. The DEC website is now an extension of the services we provide by giving our patients, the general public and professionals access to information specific to their needs.”
For the public, the easy-to-understand information covers living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and pre-diabetes, and helps people understand the conditions and how they are managed and treated. All the information is also available in printer-friendly handouts.
A staggering nine million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes, and the numbers are climbing. Left untreated or improperly managed, high blood glucose levels can cause a variety of costly and potentially life-threatening complications, including blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, and erectile dysfunction. Up to 80 per cent of diabetes related deaths occur from heart attack or stroke.
The good news is that good diabetes care and management can prevent or delay the onset of these complications, and education is a key component of that care, says Loft.
“Practice guidelines tell us that self-management education, which includes education about diabetes and the skills required to manage, cope and problem-solve, improves blood sugar control for those with diabetes and enhances quality of life. The DEC website is a great resource to help people self-manage."
Mary Biro, left, Lisa Jorgensen, Valerie Lammers and Maureen Loft in the Diabetes Education Centre (DEC) at St. Joseph's Hospital proudly present the new DEC website they created for St. Joseph's Internet site featuring an extensive array of practical information for patients.
About St. Joseph’s Diabetes Education Centre
St. Joseph’s Diabetes Education Centre provides patients and their families with the diabetes information and resources they need to reach and maintain their optimal level of health. The multidisciplinary team consists of certified diabetes educators, registered nurses, registered dietitians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, endocrinologists, support staff and others. The team works closely together to provide optimum care, both one-on-one with patients and in group teaching sessions. The Diabetes Education Centre is part of St. Joseph’s Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, the primary regional centre for diabetes and endocrine disease management in Southwestern Ontario. A physician referral is needed for patients to access diabetes care and education at St. Joseph’s.