Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways. If you are living with diabetes or have a loved one with the disease; education, family support and support from others is very important in managing it and preventing serious health problems. Sansum Clinic has a number of services, classes and educational materials that can help you prevent the progression of the disease and more effectively manage it.
Wear Blue on November 14 to Show Your Support for Diabetes Awareness!
The International Diabetes Federation has declared November 14, 2013 as World Diabetes Day. Join Sansum Clinic and wear blue on November 14 to help raise awareness and ask your friends and family to join you. Organize an activity such as walks, cycle rides, aerobic workouts, hula hooping, flash mob or dancing with your co-workers, families and friends centered on staying active and fighting diabetes.
Santa Barbara Open Streets. Thanks to all who came to play in the street with us on November 2!
Many community members and visitors joined Sansum Clinic on Saturday, November 2, when the streets of Santa Barbara became our longest public park with over 2.5 miles of Cabrillo Blvd and part of the Funk Zone transformed into a celebration of people-power to promote better health, flexibility and FUN! No cars - no fumes - no traffic, just the open roads filled with walking, biking, skating, moving and doing! Mark your calendars for next year and plan to have a blast! Sansum Clinic will be there providing health screenings and information on Healthy Eating.
Expert Diabetes Care and Management
Sansum Clinic treats more adult patients with diabetes than any other healthcare provider in Santa Barbara - about 9,000 patients (45,000 visits) annually. Our highly trained providers treat our most complicated diabetes patients at our specialized Endocrinology Department. Our Certified Diabetes Educators offer a diverse array of educational opportunities for people with diabetes. Sansum Clinic is a Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Training Program with the American Diabetes Association. We have been singled out as the best of California's participating clinics for our monitoring of diabetes patients through the use of blood tests. Our frequency in testing gives us an ongoing and accurate measure of how well a person's diabetes is under control and helps them to better manage their diabetes.
Sansum Clinic's comprehensive Diabetes Education program provides quality education to people with diabetes. The program gives you the tools and knowledge to manage diabetes. It is an excellent update for all people with diabetes, and a must for anyone newly diagnosed. Family members are encouraged to attend. Classes are offered at a minimum cost and are open to the community. Call our Health Education Department toll free at (866) 829-0909 or click here for our class schedule and online registration.
Diabetes Education Programs and Classes include:
Pre-Diabetes If you have pre-diabetes or if your blood sugar a little high this is your chance to prevent diabetes and also heart disease with simple lifestyle changes. Join this class to learn how you can help yourself. Our Registered Dietitian will help you to discover: the meaning of your lab tests and healthy blood sugar goals, how to balance your meals to decrease blood sugar, factors you can change to lower your risk and lose weight if necessary.
Diabetes Basics - Available in English and Spanish This two-part program is an excellent update for all people with diabetes and a must for anyone newly diagnosed. Class discusses who is at risk for diabetes, physiology of diabetes, what lab results mean, how to lower blood sugar, what happens when diabetes is out of control, benefits of exercise, how food affects blood sugar and health, how to use food labels, carbohydrate counting, eating well away from home and guidelines for alcoholic drinks.
Blood Sugar Control Attend this program to learn how blood sugar monitoring helps you manage your diabetes and improve blood sugar. You will learn to use your meter, when to test, your blood sugar goals, and what to do when blood sugar is too high or too low. Please bring your blood sugar monitor to class.
Individual Diabetes Education Our team of diabetes educators is available to meet with you to:
fine-tune your diabetes management skills
use new strategies for preventing complications
develop in-depth understanding of meal planning
select healthy, enjoyable meals when dining out
cope with and reduce stress, minimizing its effect on blood sugar levels
incorporate preventive health care habits into your daily routine
establish a personal exercise plan for superb blood sugar control
feel secure and have fun, with good strategies for travel and parties
Our Registered Dietitian leads a monthly discussion for people interested in food, health & longevity. Join this group to:
Discuss a variety of popular nutrition topics
Clarify confusion about food
Learn ways to keep blood sugar, cholesterol and weight in a healthy range, and
Meet others with an interest in eating for health and vitality.
Do you use insulin to manage diabetes or want to know more about it? If yes, this monthly support group is for you! The group is facilitated by a Certified Diabetes Educator and individuals with diabetes. Various discussion topics include new technology for diabetes, exercise while using insulin, nutrition and coping strategies. Insulin Users Peer Group is free of charge and open to the community.
Visit our free Health Resource Center located at 215 Pesetas lane for answers to your diabetes or other health related questions. You will find a comfortable place to get your questions answered or to sit and talk with our friendly volunteers. Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 - 4:00, Friday 9:30-12 noon, or by appointment. Call (805) 681-7672 or you can email your non-urgent questions to one of our trained volunteers by using this online form: Ask a Librarian.