Diabetes Programs & Services
Find the diabetes programs, services and resources you or your loved ones need to live well and manage the condition effectively. When you work with Avera, you benefit from our individualized approach to diabetes care in programs recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Diabetes Self-Management Program
Discover what you need to know about nutrition, medications, exercise, how to monitor your blood sugar and more in Avera’s diabetes self-management program. Check our schedule of classes and group consultation sessions to participate at your convenience.
Diabetes & Pregnancy
If you live with diabetes and want to become pregnant or if you develop gestational diabetes while you’re expecting, take advantage of programs at Avera that will support you and monitor your progress during pregnancy. Ask your Avera doctor or check our online calendar for pregnancy-related diabetes classes.
Diabetes Support Groups
Learn to deal with the daily challenges of diabetes management by attending one of Avera’s diabetes support groups. In addition to meeting our medical staff and a registered dietitian, you and your loved ones can connect with others who share your situation.
Exercise for Better Health
Get moving and improve your blood sugar by working with Avera’s diabetes specialists to set up a fun and safe exercise program that’s tailored to your needs and goals. If you’re a resident of the Sioux Falls area, you may choose to participate in the FITness program at Avera McKennan Fitness Center, where you’ll join others coping with diabetes.
No matter where you live across our five-state region, you can work with an Avera diabetes educator or exercise specialist to create a personalized program based on your interests and fitness level. Activities may include walking, biking, flexibility exercises, strength training and more. As part of your program, you’ll check your blood sugar level before and after exercising to stay safe and help improve your workout routine.
Hospital-Based Diabetes Care
Should you need hospitalization to assist you with diabetes, reach out to your closest Avera regional facility. While you stay with us, you’ll benefit from comprehensive, specialized care delivered by our skilled, compassionate medical and nursing staff.
To help address non-healing diabetic skin conditions or sores, you may be evaluated for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)—available in the Upper Midwest only at Avera.
In addition, you and your family or caregiver network can receive information about self-managing your condition from Avera’s certified diabetes educators.