Diabetes is one of the main health issues in south Texas, affecting almost 76,000 in the Rio Grande Valley, and 3 in 5 of those people will need hospital care or emergency services. The Diabetes Management Center at the Valley Regional Medical Center offers support for juvenile diabetes, adult onset diabetes and gestational diabetes in the form of inpatient care, outpatient clinics and school programs.
Valley Regional also participates in many local health fairs and events throughout the community. Some of the diabetes education services we offer include diabetic meal plans, tracking sugar levels for kids, and health screenings at Wal-Mart.
Our Diabetes Education Program services are completely free to all patients. and is led by a Program Coordinator, a Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)/Nurse Practitioner (NP).
Diabetes Education & Self-Management
Diabetes affects 1 in 11 people and it is estimated that 1 in 4 are undiagnosed and don’t even know they have diabetes. Valley Regional Medical Center can help you with your diabetes treatment and diabetes self-management. Our diabetes management includes inpatient educational services for both diabetes and pre-diabetics through our knowledgeable nursing staff.
Are you wondering if you have diabetes? Diabetic symptoms vary or may not even be apparent. Here are a few of the top symptoms experienced by people with diabetes:
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Intense hunger
- Blurred vision
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Weakness and fatigue
- Itchy skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Skin infections
- Numbness or tingling in fingers or toes
- Wounds, especially on the feet, are slow to heal
Visit your doctor for a simple blood screening as the first step towards diabetes self-management. If you don’t have a doctor, stop by our diabetes clinic for a free screening.
Diabetes Education in Schools
Diabetes is the #1 health issue in the Rio Grande Valley. To make sure kids get diagnosed early, Valley Regional Medical Center offers free diabetic screenings to schools in the Brownsville, TX area.
Parents will be told about the programs and sent consent forms for their children to participate in the screening. On the day Valley Regional comes to their school, kids with signed consent forms will receive a free diabetes assessment.
Parents are contacted to bring their child into the diabetes outpatient clinic if the child is found to have diabetes or be at high risk. We have special diabetes classes just for kids, and we mail the results of all diabetes screenings to parents even if their kids don’t attend the classes.
The hospital’s diabetes school program currently partners with four local school districts:
- Los Fresnos Consolidated School District
- Brownsville Independent School District
- Point Isabel School District
- IDEA Public Schools
Free Diabetes Management Clinic
Valley Regional Medical Center is here to help you take control of your diabetes. Our outpatient diabetes management clinic can help you:
- Make sense of all the numbers
- Find time for activity and exercise
- Plan individualized meals
- Manage blood glucose levels
- Understand your medication
- Identify a plan to help you reach your goals
- Learn about insulin preparation and administration
- Learn to use a glucometer correctly
Join us at our next FREE Diabetes Education class. Each class includes glucose screening/monitoring, a blood pressure check, and personalized meal planning. Our diabetes clinic is part of the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program and American Association of Diabetes Educators.
The Valley Regional Medical Center Diabetes Clinic is open:
- Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to Noon
- Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
- Saturday (by appointment only) from 9 a.m. to Noon
Schedule an appointment for your FREE diabetes management classes by calling (956) 350-7312 or (956) 350-7660.
Click here for a PDF of our Diabetes Outpatient Clinic information, which you can print out for your records, or share with friends and family.
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