UnityPoint Health Memorial Hospital

Diabetes Self-Management Education

Diabetes Self-Management Education

Diabetes Self-Management Education is a comprehensive, individualized program to meet the needs of the person living with diabetes. The individual’s information is confidential and discussed only in a private appointment.

The education process is directed by your physician’s referral, in collaboration with our team of expert educators.   Our team of educators includes a Registered Nurse, who is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Technology Clinician, and a Registered Dietitian who is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Pharmacist and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Certified through the American Diabetes Association since 2004, the program meets the standards of the ADA for a quality diabetes self-management education program, recertifying every four years and continuing to meet criteria for insurance coverage of services provided.

What information and skills will I learn?

  • Overview of diabetes
  • Current therapies
  • Coping strategies
  • Nutrition
  • Medications
  • Benefits/precautions of physical activity
  • Self-blood glucose monitoring-recognizing patterns
  • Managing low and high blood sugars
  • Healthy habits for blood sugar control
  • Improving long-term health

What other benefits will I gain?

Learn strategies to prevent or delay complications of uncontrolled diabetes or slow progression.
Achieve self-care goals through hands-on training in nutrition and glucose monitoring.
Reduce your need for medications and hospitalization.

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