Step 1 Getting Ready
You were referred by your doctor to attend diabetes education classes.
We are sending you a diabetes questionnaire. Please complete it and bring it with you to the first class. If you are not currently testing your blood sugar at home, you will need to learn how. We will offer glucose meter training at the 1st class. If you have any questions about obtaining a glucose meter please call us.
Step 2 Attending Class
You will attend a series of 4 weekly classes, lasting two hours each. We
encourage you to bring a family member or support person to class (at no charge). The topics for the classes are enclosed. After you have completed the classes, your doctor will receive a copy of your progress note describing your educational sessions.
Step 3 Follow-up
Schedule a follow-up appointment with your physician for 3 months after completing classes. A hemoglobin A1C should be done at this time. Additional follow-ups with us may be scheduled as needed to assist you in reaching your goals. Feel free to call us with any questions you might have.
Diabetes Self Management Class Outline
Introduction to your health care team
Define diet/food awareness
Self-management strategies for diabetes control
Medications (if needed)
Checking your blood sugars at home
Keeping the scales balanced
Ways to make changes without upsetting the apple cart
Tools of the trade
Suggestions to assist you in managing your diabetes
Recognize your limits
Focus on your whole self, image and attitude
Tipping the scales
Low blood sugars
High blood sugars
Causes, symptoms, and treatment
Implications of the most current research
Avoidance of long term complications
Discuss causes and effects
How to travel with diabetes
Sick day guidelines
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