Klaus Gurgel was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the early 1980s. While he knew there were steps he could take to better manage his condition, it wasn’t until he had heart bypass surgery 10 years ago that he really began to focus on his health and make significant lifestyle changes.
For the past four years, Klaus, who is in his 60s, has been working closely with his care team at Intermountain’s Layton Clinic to better manage his condition. He’s worked with his physician, Todd Shelby, MD, and taken advantage of the wide range of resources offered by Intermountain’s Diabetes Care Management program. These include access to diabetes educators, tools to help Klaus track his blood sugar, referrals to community resources, and a diabetes care manager who acts as a healthcare coach.
Terri Park-Thompsen, RN, BSN, is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Klaus’s care manager at the Layton Clinic. She reviews his test results and talks with him on the phone often.
Klaus’s wife, Ruth, is another critical member of his care team. She encourages Klaus to check his blood sugar, take his medication, exercise, and watch his diet.
With help from his family and from Intermountain, Klaus has been more motivated and engaged in managing his diabetes. “I’m so grateful for the care I’ve received and all that I’ve learned,” Klaus says. “I’m doing—and feeling—so much better.”