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Diabetes & Endocrinology

Comprehensive Treatment for Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders

Your endocrine system includes glands and organs that produce hormones, which regulate growth, development, mood, sexual function, and metabolism. Endocrine disorders occur when your hormone levels are too high or too low.

Benefis provides a full spectrum of care for endocrine conditions such as:

  • Adrenal gland conditions, including congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Bone mineral disorders, such as osteoporosis, Paget’s disease, and rickets
  • Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • Pituitary disorders, including Cushing’s disease
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Thyroid disorders, such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and Graves’ disease

We use a team approach to address all aspects of your health and well-being. Our endocrinologists work closely with primary care providers, neurologists, ophthalmologists, dietitians, and other specialists to give you complete care.

Often, endocrine conditions require long-term management, so we make sure you’re well-informed about how to manage your health – whether it’s controlling your blood sugar to manage diabetes or teaching you how to build bone strength through diet and exercise.

Benefis Diabetes Education Service. Learn how to control your diabetes through clinics, individual or small-group consultations, support groups, and expert guidance.

When you manage your diabetes well, you can either reduce your risk of, or prevent complications that can occur when you don’t control your blood sugar. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to foot problems, eye damage, nerve damage, heart and vascular disease.

The Benefis Diabetes Education Service gives you information and resources to manage diabetes and improve your health. Our service is recognized by the American Diabetes Association, which means we meet the highest national standards for quality diabetes self-management education and training. The service is led by our highly trained, knowledgeable staff, which includes:

  • Diabetes management clinics. Three-part weekly sessions are offered each month. The three two-hour sessions cover important topics helping those with diabetes improve their diabetes control and management. Topics include: nutrition, activity, blood sugar monitoring, medications, reducing risk of complications, stress management, and more. Clinic fees are submitted to insurance.
  • Individual consultations. One-on-one consultations are offered with a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and/or a Registered Dietitian (RDN). You are encouraged to bring a family member or support person with you. Since your consult is individualized, concerns or topics important to you will be discussed. Trainings for insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors and sensors are often done at individually.
  • Diabetes support groups. It's helpful to talk with others who are living with diabetes. You can share your concerns, get advice, and receive encouragement from people facing some of the same challenges. We offer monthly support groups to provide ongoing assistance.

Benefis Healthy Lifestyle Program. Lose weight, feel great, and learn to live well for a lifetime at our 12-month program.

Our program is modeled after the national, evidence-based diabetes prevention program. If you have pre-diabetes, then you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart and vascular disease. The Benefis Healthy Lifestyle Program will help you reduce your risk by teaching you skills and offering support as you lose weight and learn to keep it off.

If you’re overweight or at risk for developing diabetes or heart and vascular disease, the Benefis Healthy Lifestyle Program can help. You learn how to lose weight and keep it off by incorporating healthy eating habits and regular exercise into your lifestyle.

The program, led by a team of healthcare and nutrition professionals, offers:

  • A supportive environment to help you achieve and maintain healthy habits
  • Nutrition and physical activity recommendations
  • Weight-loss and lifestyle goal setting

Cost: The 12-month course, including educational materials and two lab tests, is $XX . Scholarships may be available.

Class schedule: The program begins in January and August of each year:

  • For the first six months, sessions are weekly
  • The remaining six months include once-a-month sessions.