Preferred Medical
Center locations
Topics discussed in the program include:
Diabetes Overview
• Definition of this Disease
• Modes of Treatment
• Complications, Prevention and Treatment
Lifestyle Modifications
• Nutrition Treatment Plan
• Exercise
• Monitoring Guidelines
• Types of Medications
• Action, Purpose and Side Effects
• Signs and Symptoms
Monitoring and use of results
• Define Self-Monitoring
• Equipment Usage
• Frequency and Timing
• Sick Day Guidelines
Foot, Skin and Dental Care
Connect to iHEALTH
Create your own Personal Health
Record (PHR) available on the
Florida Health Care Plans website.
The following locations offer the FHCP
Diabetes Education Program.
Daytona Beach
Halifax Medical Center – 201 Building
201 North Clyde Morris Boulevard, Suite 100
Port Orange
740 Dunlawton Ave.
Palm Coast
309 Palm Coast Parkway
Orange City
2777 Enterprise Road
239 North Ridgewood Avenue
For exact dates and times please call
386-226-4518 or 1-386-254-4397. The
hearing impaired should call TTY/TDD at
386-615-4045 or 1-877-260-8312, Monday
through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Detection, control
and treatment
of diabetes
Other Resources
For more information about diabetes and
related topics:
American Diabetes Association
National Diabetes Information
(800) 860-8747
American Dietetic Association
(800) 877-1600
Diabetes Resource Center
Children With Diabetes Foundation
This information is provided as a
community service by:
1340 Ridgewood Avenue
Holly Hill, FL 32117
This brochure is not meant to take the place of
medical care or treatment.
Follow your health care provider’s advice.
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Diabetes Brochure
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What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which your
body does not produce enough insulin or
is unable to properly use the insulin that it
does produce. Insulin is a hormone that is
essential to change sugars, starches, and
other food into an energy source that can
be used by your body.
Pre-Diabetes is a condition that occurs
when a person’s blood glucose levels are
elevated but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. FHCP offers a
Dietitian-taught class to learn about PreDiabetes and what to do to prevent the
development of Diabetes. A physician
referral is required. Call (386) 226-4518 for
When you eat food, it is turned into
glucose (sugar) which is transferred into
your blood stream. Insulin helps the
glucose to be absorbed by the body’s cells.
Without insulin, glucose is unable to reach
cells and provide the energy needed for
daily life.
When glucose is unable to be absorbed by
cells, it accumulates in the blood stream
creating high blood glucose levels. Over a
period of time, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can cause complications such as:
• Blindness
• Kidney problems
• Heart attacks
• Strokes
• Serious infections
Types of Diabetes
There are three major types of diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes: The body fails to
produce the insulin needed for cells to
absorb glucose.
Type 2 Diabetes: Results from the
body failing to properly use insulin that it
Gestational Diabetes: Onset that is a
result of pregnancy.
Program Goals
Diabetes is a chronic illness that requires
continuous medical care and education in
order to prevent complications and reduce
the risk of long-term medical problems.
Signs and symptoms
Diabetes is often undiagnosed because
many of the signs or symptoms of the disease are not noticed or seem to be harmless.
However, early detection and treatment can
decrease the risk of developing some of the
serious complications associated with the
disease. Some of the signs and symptoms of
diabetes may include:
• Extreme thirst
• Drowsiness
• Frequent urination • Irritability
• Extreme hunger
• Nausea
• Blurred vision
• Poor wound
If you have these symptoms, or if someone
in your family has diabetes, ask your
doctor to check your blood sugar.
Who is at risk?
People in the following categories are at a
higher risk for developing diabetes:
• People more than 25 years of age
• People with a family history of diabetes
• People who are obese or have
experienced substantial weight gain
• People with an inactive or sedentary
• People with Pre-Diabetes
Diabetes is unique among chronic health
conditions because treatment depends on
the individual’s self-management. The
importance of the patient’s participation
in a comprehensive self-management
education program is critical in the treatment of this disease.
To help people learn more about diabetes
prevention, control, and treatment, Florida
Health Care Plans has developed a Diabetes
Education Program. It is approved by the
American Diabetes Association, and all
instructors are Certified Diabetes Educators
(C.D.E), Dietitians, and Nurses.
The goal of this program is to provide
diabetes patients with the tools, skills
and techniques necessary to follow the
prescribed treatment regimen safely,
comfortably, and accurately. This will
ensure blood sugar control through selfmonitoring, nutrition, and exercise habits.