How We Can Help You
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes abnormally high blood sugar levels. Diabetes can lead to several other conditions, such as heart or kidney disease, nerve damage, or vision problems. At TIB Pharmacy, we can help you manage diabetes and avoid complications so that you can live a whole, active life. We guide you throughout the process and help you learn various techniques to keep diabetes under control. You will have access to the latest technology, fitness and nutrition classes, one-on-one counseling, medication, and support groups.
We offer comprehensive care for people with all types of diabetes to help manage this chronic condition over the long term.
What We Offer for Diabetes
- Patient-centered care with a diabetes care team that provides you with a personalized road map to manage and treat diabetes to fit your lifestyle.
- Expert staff including Certified Diabetes Educators who have advanced training in managing, preventing, and treating diabetes.
- Collaborative team of doctors, advanced practice providers, nurses, behavior specialists, pharmacists, and registered dietitians are working together to ensure you get the comprehensive care you need.
- Robust support services that include classes and one-on-one training in nutrition, fitness, and stress management, as well as a monthly support group meeting.
- Advanced technology such as digital blood glucose meters and fitness and nutrition apps for sharing data between patients and their care team.
Our expertise includes care for the following conditions:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Gestational diabetes
- Post-transplant diabetes
- Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD)
Our providers have expertise in preventing complications that people with diabetes may develop. If complications do arise, we have the skills and experience to treat them effectively. We employ experts that specialize in treating many conditions that may stem from diabetes. We get firsthand experience with new technology and innovations in diabetes care. Our highly experienced staff works together to determine the most effective treatment plan for you.
Treatment for Diabetes
We create a comprehensive plan that is tailored to your needs. You will have a personalized treatment solution that focuses on managing diabetes, avoiding complications, or preventing prediabetes from becoming type 2 diabetes, and we support you every step of the way. We will develop an action plan created for your needs and lifestyle. The goal is to make real, sustainable changes. New technology can help you manage diabetes with our support.
1: SELF CARE
Elements of our plan include:
Nutrition Counseling - You can meet with a registered dietitian in a small group class or individually to set goals and determine a plan.
Medication - A pharmacist will support you in meeting your medication needs. You can learn about dosing and insulin pen or pump use in a class or individual sessions and receive glucose meter and sensor training.
Exercise Plans - A certified fitness instructor and exercise physiologist will work with you on manageable ways to incorporate more physical activity into your daily life.
Technology - We use the latest apps and tools to make it easy to track your nutrition, physical activity, rest, blood glucose levels, and medicine dosages.
Classes and Support Groups - You can attend a monthly support group led by a Certified Diabetes Educator to discuss the challenges of living with diabetes.
2: CARE FOR COMPLICATIONS
Our staff works with you to prevent complications that may arise from diabetes. If complications do emerge, our team works across disciplines to get you specialized care immediately.
Complications from diabetes may include:
Foot Care - Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause nerve damage or circulation problems, which can contribute to foot problems or infection. Our foot and ankle podiatry team will work with you to prevent or treat any issues.
Dermatology - If your blood sugar levels are too high, it may affect your skin, causing blisters, yellow or brown patches, or hard, thickening skin. If you notice any of these signs, your primary care provider can refer you to our Dermatology Clinic for care. Dermatologists in this department specialize in providing skincare for people with diabetes.
Peripheral Neuropathy - Nerve damage (neuropathy) from diabetes often affects the extremities, especially the legs and feet.
Pain Management - People with diabetes may have chronic pain, often in their back, feet, or hands. Our providers will work with you to help manage the pain so you can live the best quality of life.
Wound Healing - For people with diabetes, wounds tend to get worse quickly and heal more slowly. Your primary care provider and all members of your support team are here to help with your healing. Our specialists can help manage and heal wounds that need extra attention.
Cardiovascular Health - People with diabetes and certain risk factors (such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol) are at a greater risk for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack or stroke. Your diabetes care team will work closely with our Cardiovascular Health Clinic to delay or prevent the development of heart disease.
Kidney Disease - Over time, diabetes can cause kidney damage, known as diabetic nephropathy. We provide regular screenings for kidney disease and work to slow the progression if it is already present.
Depression - Because managing diabetes may require significant lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes may feel burned out or depressed. Our monthly support group, led by a certified diabetes educator and psychiatrist, allows patients to connect with other people managing diabetes.
Fatty Liver Disease - People with type 2 diabetes may be at increased risk of developing fatty liver disease. If not managed, it can progress to more severe conditions, including cirrhosis. We collaborate closely to help people with diabetes prevent fatty liver disease or delay its progression.
Eye Problems - Diabetes may damage blood vessels in the eyes, resulting in cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy. It is essential to have your eyes checked regularly. Our eye specialists have extensive training and experience in treating eye disorders related to diabetes.
3: DIABETES PREVENTION
Reducing type 2 diabetes risk involves modifications to your diet and exercise routine. Even small lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk. At TIB Pharmacy, we will come up with a tailored plan to reverse prediabetes. The program will include working with you to make long-term lifestyle changes. You can reverse prediabetes through these steps:
Avoid Carbs and Processed Foods - Eat a diet low in fat and calories. Avoid simple carbs (such as pasta and rice) and processed foods (such as crackers or cookies).
Eat Wholesome Foods - Include more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, such as Quinoa and Farro. Because they are high in soluble fiber, they can help control blood insulin and glucose levels.
Practice Portion Control - Eating smaller amounts can help keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Stay Active - Get at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity most days of the week, five days per week. Exercise helps reduce insulin resistance for better blood sugar control.
Lose Excess Weight - You can improve your blood sugar level and reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease by losing as little as five to 10 percent of your body weight.
In diabetes, the body cannot correctly use the energy it gets from food which means the food we eat can’t be broken down into sugar or glucose. Glucose provides the body cells with the energy they need to function.
In people with diabetes, the body cannot make enough insulin or is resistant to its insulin. Inside the body, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin which means that your blood glucose or sugar levels can become much higher than usual.