At OneWorld, we meet patients where they are, and we empower them to manage their own care and optimize their lifestyles, diet and exercise.
According to Angie Washington, OneWorld’s Diabetes Case Manager, diabetic patients receiving care at OneWorld have a wide range of resources available to them. Providers and diabetes nurses meet with patients during their visits to the clinic to help them learn more about diabetes and set goals. After meeting with the providers and nurses, patients can meet with OneWorld’s team of diabetic educators to better understand and manage their condition, and they can pick up economically priced medications at the OneWorld pharmacy.
“Patients are encouraged to attend dynamic diabetes events which are offered here at OneWorld each month in Spanish and in English,” Washington said. “We also offer a variety of nutritional and dietetic education opportunities for patients of all ages.”
Often, managing type 2 diabetes can mean making lifestyle changes to maintain health, including losing weight, improving one’s diet, being more active and quitting smoking. According to Washington, taking those steps toward better health is not always an easy process for patients.
“If I hear in their voice reluctance or sense they are feeling frustrated, I take a moment to find some kind of achievement that they have made in the past,” Washington said. “I will remind them that their efforts are helping to reduce the risks that diabetics face. I tell patients that they are not alone; the team of providers, diabetes nurse educators, social workers, the financial department, the case managers and the rest of us at OneWorld are here to assist in any way we can.”
Though the journey to better health can be difficult, with support from OneWorld’s diabetes teams, patients have managed to take control of their diabetes.
One patient was able to lower his A1c (average sugar in the blood) from 10.6% to 6% by running 5 miles on the treadmill 5-6 days per week and by cutting back on beer, soda and sugary foods. Since he started working with his diabetes team at OneWorld, he has lost 20 pounds.
“It’s a matter of the mind and thinking of my children,” he said in Spanish. “I thank God who gives me strength and the doctors here who sent me a letter to make an appointment. Now, I see the results.”
Another patient recently managed to lower his A1c from 13% to 5.4% with help from his primary care provider, his diabetes educators and a health app on his phone. He said he began running 10 miles per day 6 days per week, and he changed his diet by adding more fish and limiting his bread and soda consumption. Before, he said, he had to take medication and insulin to manage his diabetes, but after changing his exercise and nutrition routine, he no longer needs those substances. When asked about his motivation to achieve and maintain good control of his diabetes, he said that he wants to stay healthy for his daughter.
“Our patients inspire me every day to face obstacles and look for ways to overcome barriers,” Washington said. “What seems insurmountable becomes doable when I see the way our OneWorld patients dominate their diabetes.”