for CMMD Patients
In-House Diabetes Support
"I am privileged to be a resource for CMMD patients to overcome their challenges with diabetes. From personal experience, I know that managing blood sugar involves many variables: food, exercise, medicine, and emotion. It will take knowledge and support to reach blood sugar goals and decrease your risk for serious complications – and that's why I'm here."
Tracy Blitzer is our in-house Diabetes Education Coordinator, working directly with Type 2 patients in person, by phone, or in Zoom.
Tracy works with patients who are:
Newly diagnosed and needing instruction on injection or blood sugar monitoring
Hesitant to participate in diabetes education programming in a group setting, for a variety of reasons
Pre-diabetic or concerned about their numbers
Struggling with their diabetes self-management and could benefit from one-on-one support focused on their greatest challenges
Tracy provides resources, referrals and recommendations to help patients make a plan for the seven aspects of diabetic management:
Healthy Eating: Building a healthy plate, carb counting, nutrition labels, meal planning, and individualized carbohydrate-per-day targets
Being Active: Adding activity to everyday activities, setting goals, adding strength & stretching
Monitoring: Blood testing technique and supplies to increase comfort, identifying meaningful patterns from the numbers, setting targets, and the benefits of CGM if appropriate
Medications: Injection techniques, taking medicines correctly, minimizing side effects, and controlling costs
Problem Solving: Sick days, vacation time, insurance issues, and managing the cost of medications/supplies
Reducing Risk: Strategies to reduce complications, including staying up-to-date on all provider recommended testing, vaccines, and dilated eye exams
Healthy Coping: Discussing ways to cope with the stress of daily diabetes management
Tracy can connect patients to important resources, such as:
Chester County Hospital Diabetes Education program and classes
NDPP (National Diabetes Prevention Program)
Remote Patient Glucose Monitoring
Professional Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Recommended Websites and Apps
If you're struggling to manage your Type 2 diabetes, call our office at 610-363-0100 to request a consultation with Tracy, or send your provider a portal message for a referral to meet with Tracy.
READY FOR A CONSULTATION?
If you're struggling to manage your Type II diabetes, our team can help. Call our office to request a consultation with Tracy, or send your provider a portal message for a referral to meet with Tracy.
FOR TYPE 2
Chester County Hospital National Diabetes Prevention Program: HALT Diabetes (FREE)
WHAT ABOUT TYPE I?
Are you a Type I diabetic?
Type I and Type II diabetes are vastly different. While Type II patients may be on different stages of their diabetes journey, generally the same techniques and strategies will improve all patients' numbers and control their diabetes. Type I patients need more specific care and medication plans that are unique to each and every patient. If you are Type I, you should be on a specific treatment plan designed with your provider. If you have questions about those specifics or are finding that your disease is not under control, send your provider a portal message today.
It's more important than ever to understand your medical options, important screenings, fitness and nutrition solutions, and lifestyle changes to manage your disease. Join us for this virtual session with local experts and your CMMD team as we support your diabetes journey! Free to attend or watch; Type 2, pre-diabetic, and caregivers welcome.
6:00-6:10PM Christine Meyer, MD: Opening Remarks and Medical Update
6:10-6:30PM Dr. Kevin Shinal, Cardologist at Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia: Reducing diabetic cardiovascular risk
6:30-6:50PM Dr. Mudgil of Mudgil Eye Associates: Diabetic eye care and retinopathy
6:50-7:20PM Tracy Blitzer, Kathleen Ruggeri, CMMD & Associates: Fitness & Nutrition Q&A featuring answers to your questions about diet and exercise for blood control management
7:20PM Closing Remarks & Raffle Drawing
All RSVPed participants will be entered to win a prize in our raffle, including:
A foot care kit with compression socks
A new glucometer
A food scale and diabetes recipe book
Must be present to win.
CAN'T MAKE IT?
If you can only tune in for part of the session, no problem; sign on for what you can do! RSVP required for all live attendees.
If you can't make it, no problem! We'll record the entire session and post the recording here within a week. There is no need to register if you will be watching the recording instead of watching live.
For the safety of all participants, this program took place online in Zoom. For details on accessing Zoom, visit our telemedicine page >