We provide diabetes education and medical nutrition therapy for adult, gestational (obstetric) and pediatric patients. We offer individual and group classes covering numerous self-care topics to give you the knowledge, skills and ability to manage your diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood sugar or blood glucose levels are too high. You consume glucose in the types of food you eat. More than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and one in four don’t know it. The risk of death in adults with diabetes is 50 percent higher, medical costs are twice as much compared to those without diabetes, and they are at higher risk for other serious health complications including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and loss of limbs.
Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes:
- Frequent urination
- Dry skin
- Blurred vision
- Slow or decreased healing
Adult Diabetes Support Group
The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Community Education Center, Professional Office Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 225.
(256) 737-2025 | All Groups
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, be sure to consult your physician and express your concerns. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, ask your physician for a referral to the Cullman Regional Diabetes Care Center. We will help you better manage your blood glucose levels and health.
Our Programs & Services
Since 2001, we have been providing medical nutrition and education to people living with diabetes.
We offer meal planning, self-glucose monitoring medication tips, and more.
Information for your first visit to the Diabetes Care Center:
- Check with your insurance for coverage of our services.
- Bring a list of your daily medications.
- If you presently have a blood glucose testing kit, bring it with you.
The Center was recently awarded Education Recognition by the American Diabetes Association for the fifth time. The American Diabetes Association Education Recognition program is the leading quality assurance recognition for diabetes self-management education programs across the country.
Meet our Diabetes Educators
Cullman’s Diabetes Care Center is staffed with a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nurse Practitioner who are certified in diabetes education. We teach individuals how to incorporate the American Association of Diabetes Educators Self-Care Behaviors into their daily lives through healthy eating, being active, using medications safely, monitoring blood glucose, meeting targets, reducing diabetes complications and healthy coping.
Our program is proud to have received recognition by the American Diabetes Association for the last 12 years.
RD, CDE, Program Coordinator
Medical nutrition therapist Kim Addison has provided diabetes education in both inpatient and outpatient settings for more than 25 years. Addison earned a Bachelor of Nutrition degree at the University of Alabama and her Bachelor of English degree and Masters in Education at the University of South Alabama. She is a registered dietitian (RD), certified insulin pump trainer, certified diabetes educator (CDE) and is certified in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make an appointment with the Diabetes Care Center?
Appointments are made only with physician referral. Ask your physician if you may need diabetes education and training to help manage your disease. For more information, call (256) 737-2025.
Do you have any tips or hints for controlling diabetes?
- Know your A1C number and how to keep it in target
- Discuss specific dietary needs with a Registered Dietitian
- Exercise regularly
- Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol