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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare Diabetes Services

Diabetes Education & Management in Central Minnesota

COVID-19 and Diabetes

• Individuals with chronic conditions - like diabetes - may be at a higher risk for COVID-19. With this in mind, diabetics should be aware of the following services and resouces:
• Video Visits Offered for Patients with Chronic Conditions - Patients will continue to meet with their regular provider. Video visits are available to patients of all CentraCare locations. Learn more
• Diabetes Hotline - Available Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 320-229-5000.
Online Resources:
Managing Diabetes Safely During Sick Days (PDF)
COVID-19 Information From the American Diabetes Association
Help With Insulin Costs from NovoCare
Insulin Savings from Eli Lilly and Company

Managing diabetes can be overwhelming. Our team is here to support you. With the right care and education, most complications can be prevented.

CentraCare provides a full range of diabetes care for patients and families in our region through education, leadership, health promotion and preventive services. We help you manage your diabetes so you can maintain the best possible health and quality of life. Ask your provider for a referral.

Our team of experts includes:

  • Endocrinologists (specialist who care for patients with diabetes)
  • Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (registered nurses, registered dietitians)
  • Pharmacists
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine

CentraCare has received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes℠ Gold Award for outpatient practices implementing quality improvement measures addressing the relationship between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Diabetes Education

Several CentraCare locations offer diabetes self-management education. Diabetes can be life-threatening if you don’t know how to manage it, so learning the basics should be your first priority after being diagnosed.

Basics of diabetes management:

  • Measure blood-sugar levels – Diabetes is a condition which stops or reduces the production of insulin in the body. Insulin is responsible for converting sugar into energy, so without it, your health is put at risk. It is important to know how to measure and adjust your blood-sugar levels to prevent serious health complications.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – Being overweight makes it even harder to manage diabetes. Diabetes can cause problems with the circulatory system, and obesity makes these problems worse.
  • Create a healthy diet – You need to eat a balanced diet that includes leafy greens and lean protein. Our experienced nutritionist can help you make a diabetes-healthy diet.
  • Exercise – Exercising for just 30 minutes a day, five days a week will be a big boost for your health and fitness.

We will work closely with you and your family to develop a management plan that is right for you. An individualized plan allows you to make choices that put your in control of your life and diabetes, rather than letting the disease control you.

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    Locations & Contact Information

    Diabetes self-management education provided by certified diabetes care and education specialists currently is being offered at:

    Our Diabetes Care Locations

    We have 17 locations offering this service. Enter your zip code to find the location nearest to you.

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