Diabetes Program at Torrance Memorial
Torrance Memorial Diabetes program is an outpatient educational center
that strives to help adults prevent and self manage diabetes. Our team
of health experts consists of a certified diabetic educators, registered
dietitians, and physicians who serves as a medical consultants, all of
whom work with your primary care physician to develop an individualized
plan: one which you can live with and fits your lifestyle.
- YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
- Diabetes Self Management Training Program
- Diabetes Classes
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Sweet Success Program, Pregnancy and Diabetes
- Diabetes Support Group
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a medical condition where the body is unable to move glucose
(often referred to as sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body
that use glucose for energy, like the muscles and brain. There are several
reasons glucose does not move from the blood to the cells. Diabetes is
classified as Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes. Regardless of the
type, diabetes causes abnormally high blood glucose levels and the symptoms
and complications are similar.
The following is a list of symptoms associated with diabetes. If you have
any of the following symptoms see your doctor as soon as possible. However
people with diabetes often do not have any symptoms, which makes it important
to have yearly check ups with your doctor to screen for diabetes. This
is especially true if you have a risk factor for diabetes.
Symptoms of diabetes include:
- Frequent urination
- Extreme thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blurry vision that changes daily
- Persistent feelings of fatigue or drowsiness
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- Frequent or recurring skin, gum or bladder infections
You may be at a higher risk for diabetes if any of the following are true:
- Over age 45
- Family history of diabetes
- Do not exercise regularly
- Have low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, or high blood pressure
- Women who had gestational diabetes, or who have had a baby weighing 9 pounds
or more at birth
Big Rewards, Small Steps
If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention
Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others
in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce
your chances of developing diabetes.
The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting,
is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions
followed by monthly maintenance. You will learn strategies for eating
healthier, increasing your physical activity and making other changes
that will improve your overall health and well-being. National Institutes
of Health research has proven that programs like the YMCA's Diabetes
Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by
Lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity
and losing a modest amount of weight can prevent or delay development
of type 2 diabetes in those at high risk for the disease. With the YMCA's
Diabetes Prevention Program, you can work with others in a small group
setting to learn how to adopt habits that will improve your overall health
and well-being and reduce your risk and ensure that you can live life
to its fullest.
For additional information about YMCA's Diabetes Prevention program
in Torrance, California, call 213-351-2289, or email
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
www.ymcala.org to fill out an interest form.
Diabetes Self Management Training Program
Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) is a comprehensive educational
program designed to provide participants with the skills, knowledge, and
support needed to manage diabetes.
Torrance Memorial's DSMT program is certified by the American Diabetes
Association and staffed by Certified Diabetes Educators who are either
Registered Nurses or Registered Dietitians. Our program consists of an
individualized consultation followed by a series of four small group classes;
individual appointments can be arranged as needed.
The self-care behaviors that you will develop in DSMT classes will help
you successfully manage your diabetes and prevent or reduce the severity
of diabetes complications. Classes cover the following topics:
- ABC's of diabetes
- Blood glucose monitoring, pattern identification and management
- Medication management: what, when, how and why
- Carbohydrate counting
- Reading food labels
- Meal planning and dining out
- Risk reduction of long-term complications
- Prevention and treatment of high and low blood glucose
- Exercise guidelines
- Healthy coping skills
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), provided by a Registered Dietitian, is
a therapeutic approach to managing medical conditions and symptoms through
proper diet and nutrition. During your one-on-one consultation with a
dietitian your individual nutrition needs will be addressed and a personalized
meal plan will be created to help you better manage your diabetes. MNT
goes hand in hand with the DSMT program to provide the most comprehensive
and individualized program.
Sweet Success, Diabetes and Pregnancy
If you are pregnant and have diabetes, you may be worried about its impact
on your baby. Through our Sweet Success program, you will meet one-on-one
with a diabetes educator to learn the facts and develop an individualized
plan to help you and your baby stay healthy.
Our Certified Diabetes Educators are specially trained through the Sweet
Success program; developed by the California Department of Pregnancy and
Diabetes, Sweet Success is the national gold standard in caring for women
with pregnancy and diabetes.
Diabetes Support Group
Sometimes it helps to share with and hear and learn from others who are
on a similar journey. The Diabetes support group provides a forum to express
concerns, discuss experiences, and ask questions among others living with
diabetes. For meeting times and dates, please call 310-891-6707.
Is Outpatient Diabetes Care For You?
Talk to your primary care doctor to find out if outpatient diabetes care
at Torrance Memorial is right for you.
For additional information regarding Torrance Memorial Outpatient Diabetes
Programs call 310-784-3792.