According to the CDC, Indigenous peoples have a greater chance of developing diabetes than any other racial group in the U.S. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, a common side effect among Native American and Alaska Native groups. Dedicated health initiatives such as the Indian Health Service (IHS) use a team-based approaches to diabetes and kidney care, which has resulted in a drastic decline in diabetes and kidney failure among Indigenous peoples.

At Butte Native Wellness Center, we follow the IHS treatment model in our efforts to educate individuals diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. In addition to treating the disease, we also provide education and prevention services like nutritionist consultations, resource articles, and cooking classes. With an American Indian ID card patients have access to our primary and behavioral health services without needing insurance. However, Medicaid, Medicare or private insurances are accepted.

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A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming as it requires a complete lifestyle change. At Butte Native Wellness Center, we offer a host of tools and services to aid in the management of the disease. Although there is no cure for diabetes, patients can lead productive and healthy lives with the proper medical care and access to numerous resources. Our comprehensive Diabetes Program offers a host of services, including:

  • Blood Pressure & Glucose Checks
  • Cooking Classes – Learn traditional, native food preparations and healthier alternatives.
  • Diabetic Dental Screenings
  • Diabetic Optical Screenings
  • Diabetic Supplies – Diabetes Medical Alert Bracelet, insulin, insulin syringes, insulin pens, insulin
  • Diabetic Prevention and Education
  • Diabetic Support Groups
  • Dietitian Visits
  • Podiatry Services
  • Appointment transportation
  • YMCA Membership
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