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Diabetes Self-Management

Our diabetes educators provide inpatient and outpatient management programs designed thelp you improve your diabetes self-care skills and enhance the quality of your life, including:

  • Insulin administration
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Personal healthcare guidelines
  • Nutrition management

The Rio Grande Regional Hospital diabetes self-management education program has been awarded Recognition by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

Could You Have Diabetes?

More than 16 million Americans are believed to have diabetes, with approximately 500,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Symptoms vary and may not always be apparent, which explains why almost half of people living with disease don’t even know they have it. A simple blood screening is the first step, but here are some common symptoms:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Intense hunger
  • Blurred vision
  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Itchy skin
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin infections
  • Numbness or tingling in fingers or toes
  • Sores slow to heal (especially on the feet)

Call 956-632-6523 for more information and to register for one of our classes.

Diabetes Classes

$20.00 one time fee for the following classes:
  • English Diabetes classes the second Monday of the month
    • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • English Gestational Diabetes classes every Tuesday
    • 8:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
  • Spanish Diabetes classes first Wednesday of the month
  • Spanish Gestational Diabetes classes
    • Second, third and last Wednesday of the month
    • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

Classes include personalized meal plans and a healthy lunch. After completing the classes you will be followed individually to meet your specific needs.

Diabetes Center programs are available to individuals with diabetes by a physician's referral only. Childbirth and Breastfeeding Classes

Our classes are taught by experienced RN’s and IBCLC Lactation Consultants, free of charge the public.

Our Childbirth class reviews different breathing and relaxation techniques, the stages of labor and when to come to the hospital, medications available for pain relief, what happens in case there is a cesarean section, what to expect from your newborn, and how to care for yourself and your baby once you are home.

At our breastfeeding class, you will learn about benefits of breastfeeding, proper latch-on, different breastfeeding holds, and how to prevent common problems.

All Childbirth and Breastfeeding classes are offered:

  • Once a month on Saturdays

The childbirth class is held:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Breastfeeding class is held:

  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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