WHAT WE OFFER
Patients of Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s (PRHC) Diabetes Care Clinic will receive education – either individually or in a group setting – in a clinic that has been recognized for meeting the standards for diabetes education in Canada.
Our integrated healthcare team provides self-management education and support for individuals 18 and older (and their family members) who are:
- Adults with Type 1, Type 2, or other diabetes conditions
- Newly diagnosed or interested in updating their knowledge
- Women with diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
Patients under the age of 18 with diabetes will be referred to PRHC’s Pediatric Diabetes Education Centre.
We offer diabetes self-management education that includes:
Individual education by phone, in person or virtually with members of our interdisciplinary team
Virtual group education
Support for patients in accessing the provincial Assistive Devices Program (ADP) for insulin pump users
Diabetes self-management skills discussed may include, but are not limited to: nutrition, medications, insulin, blood sugar monitoring and mental health support.
WHO WE ARE
Our interprofessional team works together to offer you the tools you need (advice regarding meal planning, exercise, blood sugar monitoring and use of oral medication/insulin etc.) to self-manage your diabetes. The team includes:
HOW TO REFER TO THE DIABETES CARE CLINIC
Patients can self-refer to our clinic by calling the Centralized Diabetes Intake office at 1-888-997-9996. We also accept physician referrals by fax to 1-905-444-2544.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. The most common types of Diabetes are:
Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas no longer produces any or very little insulin. The body needs insulin to use glucose as an energy source. Type 1 Diabetes often develops in people under 25 years of age but can occur at any age.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to meet the body’s needs or the insulin is not used effectively. Type 2 often occurs later in life the and affects 90 per cent of people living with diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes is a temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy. It affects approximately three (3) to 20 per cent of all pregnancies. Treatment includes nutrition management and often includes insulin.