Diabetes Education

Learn about the signs and treatements for type 1 and type 2 diabetes from diabetes educators Nancy Fagg and Mesha Fagg.

My name is Nancy Gibson-Fagg, I’m a Diabetes Educator at Lakeview Hospital. Patients know that they have diabetes if they have increased thirst,if they’re getting up in the middle of the night and going to bathroom, if they have blurred vision, excess tiredness, and they’re hungry all the time.

Type One diabetes, which is typically found in a younger population, there is no cure for that type of diabetes. Typically, with Type One diabetes, it’s treated with insulin, and there’s different modes of how you can give the insulin, whether it’s an insulin pump or through injections. With Type Two diabetes, the cure is basically a lifestyle change. And it doesn’t necessarily cure it, it just helps in managing the diabetes.

Diabetes can be dangerous because, if not managed properly, can cause a lot of complications. You can have problems with your eyes. You can have problems with your kidneys, heart disease, circulation problems, but the good the news is, is by managing your diabetes, these complications don’t have to occur.

My name is Mesha Fagg. I work at Lakeview Hospital. I am a Certified Diabetes Educator and a dietician. I’ve been working in the field of diabetes for 20 years. Here at Lakeview Hospital, the services offered are : we have a free community lecture, and those are topics given by experts in the field for about an hour, and the people who come are able to ask questions and get help and support that they need.

We also have diabetes classes for the newly diagnosed patient. They are offered once a month. It is a four hour class, and in that,they learn all about their type of diabetes,which, usually, it’s a Type Two patient, and how it’s treated, how to prevent complications. We also offer one-on-one appointments for people with diabetes. There, we will teach them how to monitor their blood sugars. We will give them an individualized meal plan to follow so they know how many carbohydrates they should have, what kind of diet is appropriate, or what kind of healthy meal plan is appropriate.

We can also do gestational diabetes,which is the third type of diabetes. Women in their last trimester can have an increase of blood sugars due to hormones and we will educate them on the appropriate diet and testing blood sugars and insulin if it is required. We can also train people for insulin pumps,and insulin glucose monitors. That is usually individualized appointment.