Where can I get resources and information to help me manage my diabetes?


Visit or contact your Community Diabetes Program nurse or dietitian at the clinics of the East Wellington Family, 519 833 7576 ext 340 or ext 361


Click on these PDF links:

“Now that I have diabetes…what should I eat?”

“Food and Blood Glucose Record”

“Instructions for Keeping a Food And Blood Glucose Record”


Visit these websites for more general information about diabetes:

diabetescarecommunity.ca

diabetes.ca

waterloowellingtondiabetes.ca


Go to Patient Information for more information.


Diabetes Care Self Referral Form

Download a Self Referral Form.


Patient Satisfaction Survey

If you have received services from our Community Diabetes Team and would like to give us feedback, please click below to complete a patient satisfaction survey.

Patient Satisfaction Survey

Program Overview Program FAQs

Community Diabetes Program FAQ’s

What to Expect –What to Bring To Visits

How may I prepare for my visit with the diabetes care team?

Please bring with you:

How can I access your tools and handouts?

View and print the following handouts by clicking on the links
“Food and Blood Glucose Record”
“Instructions for Keeping a Food And Blood Glucose Record”
“Now that I have diabetes…what should I eat?”

What can I expect at my first appointment?

Your first visit will be about 1 hour in length to:

  • Gather information to assess and understand your needs
  • To create first steps of a personal plan of action

Who will I see?

  • One on one care is available with both a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian
  • You may meet with a Registered Nurse, a Registered Dietitian or both, as needed, during your initial, follow up and group visits
  • These health professionals are specially trained to help you understand and help you manage your diabetes

How often should I meet with my doctor and diabetes care providers?

  • Your doctor will suggest timing for your follow up visits as your health needs suggest. If you are well, visits are usually every 3 to 6 months
  • You may visit the Community Diabetes Program providers as often as you need
  • You may meet more often if your health care needs are education or more intense care to meet your health related goals-often 3- 4 visits

When should I aim to have diabetes related blood work done?

  • Blood work may need to be done every 2-3 months for blood sugar management, every 3-6 months for cholesterol management, or as suggested by your care provider
  • The timing of your next blood work will usually be suggested by your physician or diabetes care team to prepare for your care visits

East Wellington Community Diabetes Program Services 

What types of care are offered by the diabetes care team?

  • Answers to your questions to understand your diabetes care options - to stay healthy
  • Ongoing  support around your diabetes concerns, in person, or by phone as needed
  • Self- monitoring blood glucose support-learn how to test your blood glucose to help make choices around food, activity and other treatments
  • Education to help delay or prevent complications of diabetes such as eye and kidney disease, cardiovascular and nerve disease, heart attack and stroke
  • Personal nutrition advice and resources to assist you in staying healthy
  • Both individual visits and groups sessions are offered to meet your needs
  • Local resource information to help you, such as East Wellington Family Team –Health Promotion and Diabetes Care workshops  

I have pre-diabetes or diabetes.  What group sessions will provide help to stay healthy?

  • Group workshops provide information to help you understand these conditions are serious.  You can ask questions and consider steps to stay healthy.
  • See times and dates on this website for our group workshops
    • Living Well with Diabetes” for those with Diabetes
    • Pre-Diabetes: Your Chance to Change the Future
    • Diabetes: Carbohydrates and You
    • Meal Planning and Diabetes
    • Diabetes: Foot Care and You
    • Understanding Diabetes Medications

Go to workshops for an up to date list of topics, locations and times.

You may register online by selecting the workshops or contact the Health Promotion Assistant at 519 833 7576 ext. 362 to register for the diabetes workshops.

  • One on one care is available.  Contact our Community Diabetes Program Nurse or Dietitian or talk to your East Wellington Family Health Team care provider.

Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Survival Information

What is diabetes?

  • Diabetes is a disease that affects blood sugar. Insulin is a hormone that is produced in the pancreas. Insulin is what is needed for sugar or glucose to move from the blood into muscles for use or for storage.
  • When someone has diabetes, their body does not produce enough insulin or does not use it properly.
  • Without insulin, or if the insulin is not working properly, then blood sugar cannot move from the blood into muscle.
  • If sugar or glucose stays in the blood, it can cause damage to blood vessels, the nervous system and organs including eyes and kidneys.

Why should I be concerned if I have pre-diabetes?

  • It is important to know if you have pre-diabetes, because research has shown that some long-term complications associated with diabetes – such as heart disease and nerve damage – may begin during pre-diabetes.
  • These complications can be delayed with lifestyle change and treatment during pre-diabetes.
  • Find out how you can stay healthy with pre-diabetes by attending our group workshop “Pre-diabetes: Your Chance to Change the Future” or visiting the diabetes team educators.

There are several types of diabetes:

Pre-diabetes:  People with pre-diabetes have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. Although not everyone with pre-diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes, many people will.

Type 1 Diabetes: People with Type 1 diabetes always need insulin injections because their pancreas is not producing any insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes: People with Type 2 diabetes may or may not need insulin injections. Some people with Type 2 are producing enough insulin, but they are not using insulin properly (this is what the term “insulin resistant” means). They may be managing their diabetes with diet and physical activity and may need to add medications or insulin to help control blood sugar.  90 percent of people with diabetes have Type 2.

Gestational Diabetes: This means that a woman may have increased blood sugar when she is pregnant. This form of diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born, but these women are at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later on.

What are the symptoms of diabetes? 

Symptoms may include: Increased thirst, urination, hunger, fatigue and unexplained weight loss.

What are risk factors for diabetes?

      Age 40 years or older
    • Race and ethnic background- aboriginal Hispanic, south Asian, Asian or African descent
    • Being overweight, especially around your abdomen
    • Family history- with first degree relative having type 2 diabetes
    • History of gestational diabetes or pre-diabetes
    • Some medical conditions including as heart disease, high blood pressure, high      cholesterol or evidence of the complications of diabetes, such as eye, nerve or kidney problems

      When should I be screened for diabetes? 

    • Blood test screening is recommended every 3 years in individuals over 40 years of age
    • Screening earlier than age 40 screening and/or more often is suggested for persons with risk factors for diabetes

    What can I do to manage my diabetes?

    • As first steps to consider in managing Pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes in Adults, please view and print “Now that I have diabetes…what should I eat?”
    • Meet with your diabetes team to discuss treatment of diabetes
    • Your treatment depends on your needs, goals and lifestyle
    • Contact your diabetes team about any questions you have about the treatment of diabetes

    How can I manage my risk of developing diabetes and complications such as heart disease?

    Research has shown that if you make lifestyle changes you can delay diabetes and the complications of Type 2 diabetes.

    Lifestyle changes include:

    • increasing your physical activity
    • steps towards an enjoyable heart healthy, lower fat meal plan
    • losing a small amount of weight, if you are overweight, 5 to 10 percent of total body weight.

    To get started see “Now that I have diabetes…what should I eat?”
    View other resources at the top right of this page.

    Community Diabetes Program Community Events

    The Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian diabetes care providers are available to work with community groups, agencies, industry and other health professionals. Our aim is to help adults with Type 2 Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes succeed in reaching their health goals. Contact us for more information and to arrange your event speaker and topic.

    Why a Community Diabetes Program in East Wellington?

    Between 7 and 10 per cent of our patients have been identified as having diabetes or pre-diabetes, but most (80%) diabetes patients are manageable in the family physician's office rather than hospital programs. 

    The Community Diabetes Program offers support and outreach through community partners and the East Wellington Family Health Team.

    Who funds your service?

    East Wellington Family Health Team’s Community Diabetes Program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to support the Ontario government’s decision to make diabetes prevention, reduction of risk of complications of diabetes and support to manage diabetes, a health priority in East Wellington.


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