Diabetes Care

Access personalized, high-quality diabetes care from Pella Regional Health Center—so you have the support you need to manage diabetes and enjoy your healthiest, most active life.

Types of Diabetes

Look to our specialists to expertly diagnose and develop treatment plans for:

  • Prediabetes – Blood sugar levels that are higher than normal and could lead to Type II diabetes
  • Type I diabetes – Condition that happens when the pancreas does not make enough insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar levels
  • Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) — LADA is a slow-progressing form of autoimmune diabetes. Like the autoimmune disease type 1 diabetes, LADA occurs because your pancreas stops producing adequate insulin, most likely from some "insult" that slowly damages the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. But unlike type 1 diabetes, with LADA, you often won't need insulin for several months up to years after you've been diagnosed.
  • Type II diabetes – Disease that happens when the body does not use insulin correctly
  • Gestational diabetes – Diabetes that happens during pregnancy

Diabetes Risk Factors

You may not have symptoms if you have prediabetes or diabetes. Your doctor may recommend a screening test if you have risk factors such as:

  • Being age 45 or older
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Belonging to an ethnic group (Native American, African American, Hispanic, or Asian) that’s at higher risk for the condition
  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Having a personal history of gestational diabetes or of giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Having high blood pressure, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, or high triglycerides

Diabetes Screening

To check for diabetes, you’ll have a fasting glucose test (FGT). This test measures your blood sugar levels when you have not eaten anything for at least eight hours. Your results may show:

  • Normal blood sugar level of less than 100 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter)
  • Prediabetes level of 100 to 125 mg/dL
  • Diabetes level of 126 mg/dL or higher

Your First Appointment

Choose Pella Regional for compassionate care if you had a recent diagnosis of prediabetes or diabetes, or if you want to improve your health and management of the disease.

What to Bring

Bring your insurance card and ID, as well as any diabetes equipment or information you have, such as:

  • Blood sugar logs
  • Blood glucose meter or insulin pump

If you have medical records from another provider, send them to Pella Regional before your appointment.

What to Expect

You and your provider will talk about:

  • Your medical history
  • When you were diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes
  • Current and past medications
  • Dietary history
  • Your treatment goals
  • Any complications of diabetes

Diabetes Treatment Plan

Expect a well-rounded approach that addresses your needs holistically to improve not only your health, but quality of life. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Medication evaluation
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • One-on-one diabetes education and group classes
  • Stress management
  • Support to set and work toward your exercise goals
  • Weight management services, including help to lose weight in a safe and healthy way, if needed

Take an active role in your care and follow your team’s recommendations to improve how you feel, lower stress, and decrease the risk of complications that could lead to hospitalization.

Equipment Recommendations

Count on us to help you choose the devices, such as insulin pumps or glucose meters, that are right for you, and help you learn to use them effectively.

Diabetic Wound Care

Diabetes makes it harder for your body to heal. It may also increase your risk of sores and complications like infections. Look to the wound healing experts at Pella Regional for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers.

Your Diabetes Care Team

You’ll appreciate our expertise and passion for helping you live your healthiest life. Benefit from working with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including:

  • Certified diabetes care and education specialists (CDCES)
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Wound care specialists

Coordinated Care

Your diabetes team will regularly communicate with your other health care providers, including your primary care physician and other specialists. This means your entire care team stays up-to-date on your treatment plan, even as your needs change.

Diabetes Education Classes

Attend diabetes education classes for people with diabetes to learn the tools they need to make better lifestyle choices and control their diabetes.

Diabetes Support Groups

Attend free support groups for people with diabetes and their loved ones at Pella Regional. In a welcoming setting, you’ll learn and share strategies and stories with neighbors with similar experiences.

Medication Assistance

Ask your diabetes care team how Pella Regional can help make your medications more affordable.

Make an Appointment

Talk with your primary care provider about diabetes appointment at a Pella Regional Health Center medical clinic near you.

Pella Medical Clinic: Call 641-621-2200.

Medical Clinic in Ottumwa: Call 641-455-5200.