Diabetes Care


The Diabetes Education Program at Broward Health Medical Center can teach you how to live a healthier and more productive life!

Diabetes Care

The Diabetes Education Program at Broward Health Medical Center can teach you how to live a healthier and more productive life!

Diabetes Care

Currently, over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. Eighty-six million Americans have pre-diabetes – elevated blood sugar that increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Researchers predict that by the year 2050, the number of Americans with diabetes will increase to one in three. Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Knowledge is Power

The Diabetes Education Program at Broward Health Medical Center can teach you how to live a healthier and more productive life.

In order to determine whether or not you have pre-diabetes or diabetes, your physician conducts a Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) Test or an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). Either test can be used to diagnose pre-diabetes or diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends the FPG because it is easier, faster and less expensive to perform.

With the FPG test, a fasting blood glucose level between 100 and 125 mg/dl signals pre-diabetes. A person with a fasting blood glucose level of 126 mg/dl or higher has diabetes.

In the OGTT, a person's blood glucose level is measured after a fast and two hours after drinking a glucose-rich beverage. If the two-hour blood glucose level is between 140 and 199 mg/dl, the person tested has pre-diabetes. If the two-hour blood glucose level is at 200 mg/dl or higher, the person tested has diabetes.

ABCs of Diabetes

Our personalized diabetes program follows American Diabetes Association guidelines and targets the ABCs of diabetes

  • A: is for A(1)C – a blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels during the last three months. Goal: less than 7%.
  • B: is for blood pressure. Treatment goal: less than 140/90.
  • C: is for cholesterol – elevated blood sugar levels increase cholesterol and makes it easier for cholesterol to stick to blood vessels and clog arteries. Goal: For most people, here are the total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides numbers to aim for:
    • Total cholesterol: Less than 200mg/dl
    • LDL cholesterol: Less than 100mg/dl
    • HDL cholesterol: Higher than 40mg/dl for men and 50mg/dl for women is good, but an HDL of 50mg/dl or higher helps everyone lower their risk for heart disease.
    • Triglycerides: Less than 150mg/dl

Education

Our educational classes are for individuals with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes. We offer one-on-one sessions with a certified diabetes educator and/or dietitian as well as group sessions involving our entire staff.

Getting Started

The Diabetes Education Program is located on the 8th floor of the Physician Office Building of Broward Health Medical Center. A physician, professional staff or self-referrals are welcome. Click here for our referral prescription form.

For more information on any of our programs, support groups and services, please call us at 954-355-5363.

Most insurance companies reimburse and encourage education for their clients with diabetes. Any questions regarding coverage should be referred to your insurance provider.

Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Increased fatigue
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Blurry vision
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Numb or tingling hands/feet

The Latest Technology

Broward Health is one of the few public healthcare systems in the nation to implement a Barcoded Medication Administration System (BCMA). This advanced BCMA records, tracks and ensures the correct medications are delivered in the prescribed dosage and time, to the right patient. With the use of a simple barcoded wristband, patients can see the system at work and are reassured by the added safety measure. BCMA enables caregivers to work more efficiently and demonstrates Broward Health's commitment to patient safety.

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