Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot get the sugar out of the blood into the muscle and other tissues that need the sugar for energy. Having the sugar stay in the blood can lead to problems like vision changes, and kidney and circulation problems. If this continues over time, it can lead to vision loss, dialysis, amputations, heart attacks, and strokes. Blood sugars can be managed with diet, exercise, and oral and injectable medications. Because there are so many things that affect blood sugar, unfortunately, this leads to a large number of problems. However, early diagnosis and proper treatments with diet, exercise and medications can make you feel better and help you live longer. The Diabetes Clinic at St. Rita’s has a focused approach on coordinating care. This coordination results better results with glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol and far less problems.

The clinic offers on-site laboratory services which can provide test results, like glucose, HbA1C, and microalbumin, in minutes. Certified Diabetes Educator nurses and dietitians work with clinical pharmacists to provide education on their health conditions, how any of the patient’s medications work, and how to manage any problems. They evaluate lab values, blood pressure, weights, compliance, any problems and adjust medications to desired levels at regular clinic visits. Care is closely coordinated with referring provider and any other providers involved in the patient’s care. Medication boxes can be filled.

The clinic is located at 770 W. High St., Suite 450, in Lima. Patients are seen by appointment Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. A physician referral is required. For more information, call (419) 996-5069.