Diabetes Wellness Assessment Program
Diabetes care is a high priority for PeaceHealth Medical Group (PHMG). Our Diabetes Wellness Assessment Program (DWAP) of evaluations and education ensures that you get the best diabetes care. All PHMG patients with diabetes are automatically enrolled in DWAP.
Whether you are at risk for diabetes, newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for a while, we invite you to be an active participant in your diabetes care. We have developed programs to keep you healthy and feel your best.
- A yearly diabetes-based assessment by your PeaceHealth provider. Your risk factors are evaluated and a “wellness plan” for your blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood fats will be developed. Lab values are drawn ahead of time for a personal review.
- Provider visits. Your doctor may want to see you every three months while working on your diabetes wellness plan. Any time you come in to discuss your diabetes, be sure to bring your blood sugar log with you.
- Diabetes education packets you receive when you enroll in DWAP.
- A tracking system that ensures that patients at high health risk are getting regular follow-up evaluations.
What happens when you are enrolled in DWAP?
- If you’ve previously been diagnosed with diabetes: You will be sent a letter requesting you call in to schedule your DWAP appointment (an example of the reminder letter is included the packet).
- If you are newly diagnosed: Your first visit is a regular provider appointment to get information about diabetes and plan your next step. Your DWAP appointment will be scheduled 3 to 6 months later, depending on your plan.
- When you call for your DWAP appointment, be sure to let the receptionist know it is for your "Diabetes Wellness Assessment," as it is scheduled longer than a regular office visit.
What to expect at your annual DWAP appointment:
- Your provider will review your risk factors with you. Lab results focus on your blood sugar (glucose) control, blood fat (cholesterol and triglycerides) control, and changes in small vessel circulation (urine albumin-creatinine ratio). Other risk factors, such as tobacco use and blood pressure measurements are reviewed.
- The provider will review your current diabetes care plan, including nutrition, exercise and medications. Using this information and your lab and home blood sugar testing results, you and your provider will decide if changes in your diabetes plan are needed. Your provider may refer you for diabetes education/management or to a dietitian at our Diabetes, Endocrine & Metabolism Service.
- You will be asked to schedule an annual eye exam to check for retinopathy.
- You can expect to have your feet examined for any sores, circulation, or sensation problems.
More Diabetes Resources
Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolism Service (DEMS)
This specialty practice at PeaceHealth Medical Group offers formal diabetes education programs, nutrition consultations, educators and physicians who specialize in diabetes care. Your doctor may refer you to DEMS for education, for a "tune up" of your diabetes management plan or for long-term diabetes care. You still maintain your regular relationship with your doctor.
Visit this web-based resource center for lots of information about preventing, treating and living with diabetes.
If You’ve Just Learned Of Your Diagnosis. . .
Almost 16 million Americans have diabetes. Many don’t even know it. The news about having diabetes can come as a shock or just a confirmation of what was expected.
Where to begin in the task of taking care of your diabetes can be overwhelming. People have a wide range of responses to the news. Denial, fear, anger, guilt, embarrassment or even lack of concern are common.
Getting started and deciding what to do first can be challenging. There are people and resources available to help you on your way to living well with diabetes.
Following are some tips to set the stage:
- Gather your health care team.
- Get an overview of what needs to be done.
- Get education about how to do it.
- Share your plan/needs with others close to you.
- Allow yourself time to practice making needed behavior changes and adding diabetes care tasks.
- Like most challenges you have faced in your life, keeping a positive attitude is important. Many people live happy, healthy lives. People with diabetes do too.