Diabetes care in Caldwell, Idaho

When you have diabetes, it is critical to take care of yourself. In order to successfully manage your diabetes, you need to have the right diabetes center and diabetes specialist. That's why West Valley Medical Center provides a diabetes education team to help you care for your diabetes and yourself.

For more information about our diabetes services, please call (208) 459-4641.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that causes abnormally high levels of glucose in the blood. Your pancreas produces insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. When you don't produce enough insulin, the result is diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs most frequently in children and adolescents but can develop at any age. With this disease, the body produces little to no insulin. Daily insulin injections are required to keep blood glucose levels under control.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults and accounts for most diabetes cases. With this disease, the body does not properly use the insulin it produces. Most people with type 2 diabetes require oral drugs and/or insulin to manage their blood glucose levels.

Gestational diabetes (GDM)

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is diabetes diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy. GDM usually disappears after pregnancy. However, it can put the mother and child at higher risk of developing diabetes later in life.

Symptoms of diabetes

Some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes are:

  • Blurred vision
  • Extreme hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent infections, such as skin or gum infections and vaginal infections
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Irritability
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Unexplained weight loss

Risk factors for diabetes

Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Being overweight
  • Being 45 years or older
  • Being African American, Native American, Latino, Asian, Indian or Pacific Islander
  • Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
  • Being physically active less than 3 times a week
  • Having had GDM or have given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome

Certified diabetes management program

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) awarded West Valley's diabetes self-management program with the Education Recognition Certificate. This honor from the ADA signifies that our diabetes self-management program meets national standards developed and routinely renewed by the National Diabetes Advisory Board.

Our team at the diabetes resource center consists of a registered nurse (RN), who is a certified diabetes educator (CDE), and a registered dietitian (RD), who specializes in diabetes nutrition therapy. Our services are based on standards for diabetes care established by the American Diabetes Association.

Some of our diabetes treatment services include:

  • Continuous blood glucose sensor training
  • Diabetes education classes
  • Gestational diabetes management and education
  • Individual consultations
  • Insulin pump training
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Oral and injectable medicine management
  • Type 1 diabetes management and education
  • Type 2 diabetes management and education

If you are interested in receiving education from our staff, please attain a referral from your primary care physician. Once we receive the referral, you will be contacted to set up an appointment that works best with your schedule.