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Avera Sacred Heart Dakota Diabetes Center

Diabetes is a lifelong disease in which the body does not make or use insulin properly.  Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps sugar get into the body's cells for energy.  When the insulin and cells do not work together effectively, high blood sugar is the result.  People with diabetes can manage their disease and live a healthy life with meal planning, exercise and medication.

The professional team at the Dakota Diabetes Center includes a medical director, a certified diabetes nurse educator and a registered dietitian.

For more information, call 605-668-8279.


The Dakota Diabetes Center offers:

  • Comprehensive Inpatient Care
  • Diabetes Self-Management Program
  • Individual Consultations and Group Classes
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Education
  • Diabetes and Pregnancy Program
  • Health Professional Education and Consultation
  • Diabetes Newsletter
  • November Diabetes Update “To Be Well…” Forums

Managing Diabetes

Tools for managing diabetes include:


Involving both the patient and family members, participants in Avera Sacred Heart’s education sessions receive information on insulin administration and adjustment, meal planning, self-monitoring blood glucose, and other general information to promote optimum wellness.

The Dakota Diabetes Center’s Outpatient Diabetes Self Management Education classes are recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Learning to manage diabetes in your life requires informed choices that lead to a healthier life with fewer complications of diabetes.

Classes on Diabetes

The Dakota Diabetes Center welcomes patients’ families to attend classes. Classes will cover current information on diabetes including:

  • Methods of control
  • Coping
  • Medications
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Foot care
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Meal planning
  • Eating out
  • Sick day management
  • Exercise
  • Diabetes complications
  • Goals of care
  • Problem solving 

Lead a healthier, happier life with diabetes by being well informed. The Dakota Diabetes Center will work with both you and your health care provider.

Healthy Eating and Exercise 

Eating a variety of health foods in moderation helps people regulate blood sugar levels more effectively.  Our Registered Dietitian works with you to develop an individualized meal plan.  Regular exercise helps improve heath health and blood sugars.


Diabetes pills and/or insulin are necessary for some people to keep their blood sugars within the goal range.

Blood Glucose Monitoring

Regular blood glucose monitoring helps you and your healthcare team see the effect of diet, exercise and medication on your blood sugars. This information can be used to make any necessary changes in your treatment plan.  Good blood glucose control is essential in preventing long-term diabetes complications.


Avera Sacred Heart Diabetes Support Group can help you deal with the daily challenges of diabetes management and know that you are not alone. These groups provide an excellent opportunity to meet others who have diabetes and to continue learning more about living a healthy life with the disease. 

The ADA Support Group meets in the Benedictine Center Conference Room (formerly cafeteria) at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the following months – January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October. Call 605-668-8247 for more information.

Diabetes Nurse Educator: Susan Barnes