Diabetes Education

Living with Diabetes

Diabetes Education services include:

  • Healthy Living with Diabetes Classes: This is a 6 hour group class that covers information related to diabetes self-care management. Topics include but are not limited to healthy eating, benefits of physical activity, medications to treat diabetes and blood glucose monitoring. The classes also cover sick day management, prevention of short and long-term complications, emotional aspects, reading labels, carbohydrate counting and a discussion of real life case studies. Individuals meet with a Certified Diabetes Educator prior to attending the first class.
  • Individual Instruction with a Certified Diabetes Educator: Individualized training by a Certified Diabetes Educator on topics pertaining to self care management, insulin preparation and administration, insulin pump assessment, gestational diabetes, blood glucose monitoring and/or other issues related to diabetes that may be of concern to the individual.
  • Nutrition (Medical Nutrition Therapy): Individualized training by a Registered Dietitian on topics pertaining to calorie level determination, nutrition guidelines, carbohydrate counting, label reading and/or other issues related to diabetes that may be of concern to the individual.

There is a fee to attend these services. For individuals with diabetes who have health insurance in Pennsylvania, insurers are required in most cases to cover diabetes education, if prescribed by their physician. Prior to attending any of these services, it is important to get the appropriate referral from your physician. The insurance provider will then be billed. For more information talk with your physician or call 866.328.8389.