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The NCH Advantage

Diabetes Services Offered

NCH is committed to ensuring the ongoing care and contact you may need to adopt a healthier daily lifestyle. You can participate in a variety of individual and group counseling, nutrition, and education programs as well as many other support services to learn how to manage your diabetes.

Individual Outpatient Services

Diabetes education is conducted during individual appointments in the outpatient clinic for persons with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and Impaired Glucose Tolerance. The education is facilitated by certified diabetes educators. Physician referrals are required.

All appointments and classes are held at Building 7, 901 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights (on the Hospital campus). For any questions, please call 847.618.4475.

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy. Personalized counseling is conducted by a registered dietitian who works with you to establish an appropriate meal plan.
  • Treating to Target with Insulin. In cooperation with your physician, certified diabetes educators (nurses and dietitians) will work with you to obtain good blood glucose control with minimal hypoglycemia.
  • Glucose Monitoring. The principles of glucose monitoring and instruction on the use of glucose meters are presented.
  • Medication Instruction. The proper use of oral medications, use of insulin pen devices and the drawing up and injecting of insulin is reviewed.
  • Healthy Living Skills. Blood sugar can be controlled throughout life by learning helpful tips.
  • Outpatient Services for Women with Gestational Diabetes. Sometimes during pregnancy gestational diabetes can occur. Proper diet and glucose monitoring are taught in order to protect the health of the mother and baby. You will receive a free glucose meter and start-up supplies.

External Insulin Pump Program

Education and initiation of the external pump is done on an outpatient basis by working with the patient and his doctor to help build confidence with therapy. The external insulin pump helps normalize blood sugar and gives patients more lifestyle flexibility.

Two Types of Continuous Glucose Sensing

Occasionally, blood glucose control is very difficult. There are two types of continuous glucose sensing available to help you.

  • Your physician can order you to have a continuous glucose sensing done with our own professional equipment. The sensing is done over a period of 72 hours and may lead to better diabetes control through changes in medication, meal plan and exercise. A print out of blood glucose readings over the 72 hours is created and given to you and your physician. A physician order is required.
  • Your physician may recommend you purchase your own personal continuous glucose sensor. We can provide you with the tools to use the sensor for better overall diabetes control. A physician order is required.

Support Groups

NCH offers support groups for people with diabetes and their significant others. Groups meet at Building 7, 901 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights (on the Hospital campus). Please call 847.618.4475 for details.

  • Type 2 Diabetes Group. A lunchtime group for persons with Type 2 diabetes. The group meets the third Tuesday of the odd numbered months from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Bring your lunch. Beverages provided.
  • Type 1 Diabetes Group. For teens and adults with Type 1 diabetes and their adult family members or significant other. The group meets the third Monday of the month from 6 to 7 pm. Registration is required -- call 847.618.4475.
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Last Updated 09/10/2009