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Diabetes Education Services

Basic Skills

This program is designed for people with type 2 diabetes, who want to learn basic self-care skills. The basic skills program is offered in a group or individual setting.

The program includes four sessions over a three-month period of time. Each follow-up session builds on your knowledge and skills and helps you evaluate how your treatment plan is working. Group sessions start weekly. Individual visits can be scheduled any time.

In this program, you will learn about these and other aspects of self-care:

  • What diabetes is and how it affects your body.
  • How to adopt and maintain a healthy eating plan.
  • How physical activity can help you control your blood glucose.
  • How to monitor your blood glucose levels.
  • How to know when you need to change your medication or blood glucose monitoring schedule.

Insulin Education

If your treatment plan for type 1 or type 2 diabetes includes insulin, education can help you learn the basic skills and importance of taking insulin. Education sessions include how to initiate and maintain an insulin program. 

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes can occur during pregnancy. An individual consultation with one of our certified diabetes educators can help you understand and monitor your glucose control.

This program includes continuous sessions planned with your education team until delivery along with phone consultations at least weekly to monitor progress of your glucose control. A post delivery session is also held.

Continuous Glucose Monitor

Continuous Glucose (sugar) Monitors automatically check blood sugar throughout the day and night. Many Continuous Glucose Monitors can alarm you if your blood sugar is too high or too low. 

Some benefits to using a Continuous Glucose Monitor:

  • Requires fewer finger sticks
  • Better manage blood sugar levels
  • Have fewer low blood sugars
  • Patterns can be used to determine changes for your treatment plan

For more information about Continuous Glucose Monitor, talk with your primary physician.