The Helwig Health and Diabetes Center is staffed by registered dietitians and registered nurses who are specialists in the area of diabetes education. This team of educators is dedicated to helping you develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully self-manage diabetes. A referral from your healthcare provider will be needed to access our services. If you have any questions or need help with this referral you can call 610-402-DIAB (3422). Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday. You should follow your usual diet, medication and exercise habits before your first visit.
Your care team also will include physicians who are experts in the medical management of your diabetes.
What to bring
If you monitor your blood sugar at home, bring your blood glucose testing equipment and any blood sugar records with you. Also bring along a list of your current medications, doses and any other vitamins or nutritional supplements you may take.
Questions you may want to ask your diabetes educator
Your appointment is a dialogue, so write down a few questions you have about your condition or treatment. Some topics you might want to ask about include:
- What changes should I make to my diet?
- What type of exercise should I do and how much?
- How can you help me stop smoking?
- How often should I check my blood glucose (blood sugar) levels?
- What should I do if my blood sugar is high?
- What should I do if my blood sugar is low?
- What is a hemoglobin A1c test?
- How do my diabetes medications work and why is it important to take them?
- How often should I see my doctor?