Taking control of diabetes is not easy, but thanks to our Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program, you can learn tools for taking medications, making healthy food choices, being active, monitoring, solving problems, making healthy decisions, reducing risks, and healthy coping. In addition, you’ll learn to recognize your own blood glucose patterns, leading to understanding how food, taking medications, being active, and stress affects your blood glucose. Our CDEs (certified diabetes educators) are certified pump trainers and work with multitple brands of insulin pumps and CGMs (continuous gluscose monitors).
Diabetes Education Tailored to Your Needs
When it comes to managing diabetes, no two people are alike. Our diabetes educators work with you individually to learn what you need to manage your diabetes. We offer the following series of programs:
The Diabetes Weigh
The Diabetes Way is an interactive and energizing diabetes self-management education program designed to give you the skills you need to manage your Type 2 diabetes and decrease complications. Before each class, an experienced Certified Diabetes Educator will work closely with you individually to design a diabetes care plan specifically for your needs. In this five-part group class, you will learn how food, medication, and exercise affect your blood glucose. You will learn the best combinations of foods - “The DASH Diet” - to improve your diabetes care, increase energy levels and lose weight (if needed). Our strategies have been shown to reduce complications. The Diabetes Weigh is based on ADA Clinical Practice Recommendations. You will learn comprehensive diabetes care including goal setting, foot care, sick day rules, proper treatment of hypoglycemia, and all about your medications.
Have you been living with Type 1 diabetes for years? Don’t get stuck in the past! Were you recently diagnosed with LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) or autoimmune diabetes in adults? Join our four-week program, designed specifically for those living with Type 1/autoimmune diabetes. We will review the things you’ve forgotten and bring your knowledge into the 21st century.
Pregnancy and Diabetes
We specialize in helping woman self-manage their diabetes when planning and during pregnancy. Whether you have been diagnosed recently with gestational diabetes or had diabetes prior to pregnancy, we can help improve your blood glucose for you and your baby.
Teenagers With Type 1-Transitions
Becoming an adult with Type 1 diabetes includes the many life changes commonly experienced by teenagers: leaving home, going to college, starting a new job. But for those with Type 1 diabetes, it also includes going to a new doctor. Join other young adults and our nurse educators to learn what to expect at your first and future visits. And hear from one of our adult diabetes doctors.
Insulin Pump Therapy
Our CDEs are certified pump trainers. Whether it’s learning what a pump is or how to use the advanced features, let our educators work with you to get the most out of your pump.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a small sensor that measures glucose levels just underneath the skin. It is a valuable tool in addition to blood glucose monitoring, because it can help predict highs or lows as well as alarm when your blood glucose is out of range. We offer classes to introduce you to CGM and to teach you how to use the information your CGM supplies, for making changes in your diabetes care.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical nutrition therapy is an essential component of good health care. Many medical conditions are improved with healthy eating. A registered dietitian/nutritionist/certified diabetes educator will design a meal plan for you based on your health goals, food preferences, and lifestyle. Good nutrition can help reduce the risk of complications, and in some cases reduce your need for medications.