Diabetes Self-Management Training Program
Nationally accredited by the American Diabetes Association, this program is designed to promote goal-directed, self-management education for adults with a diagnosis of diabetes.
Class content, presented in four weekly sessions include:
- Small group education
- Each person receives their own glucose monitor
- Managing high and low blood sugars
- Complications of diabetes
- Goal setting
How to enroll
Talk with your primary care physician he or she will need to:
- Send a referral request to your insurance carrier. Most health insurance covers this program. To be certain, call your insurer.
- Send an order to Mount Auburn Hospital's Diabetes Self-Management Training Program
- To make an appointment or for more information call 617-499-5664
Diabetes: Take Control
This session defines diabetes and introduces you to the fundamental building blocks for diabetes control: healthy eating, exercise, glucose monitoring, and medications. The management of diabetes with the use of oral mediciations and insulins has evolved and is ever-changing. A review of the various classes of medications and insulins will be discussed. Learn about the "myths" of insulin therapy. Discover the latest glucose monitoring devices. Practice testing your blood glucose with your very own glucometer. Learn what can influence your glucose levels on a daily basis. Learn how to interpret your glucose patterns and track your progress as you ultimately move closer to control!
Diabetes: Nutrition and Exercise
Your food choices and exercise program is the foundation of diabetes self-management. Learn how to make healthy food choices and incorporate physical activity into your day! This session discusses how food choices and portion sizes affect blood glucose. "Variety is the spice of life!" Learn how to shop and prepare meals more healthfully! Discuss the challenges of dining out. Participate in this class, and learn how to become an informed "label-reader." Discover the impact of physical activity. You need not join a gym! Learn ways to enjoy the benefits of exercise. Go dancing, join a bowling league, take up golf, or simply enjoy the fresh air and take a walk!
Prevent Diabetes Complications and Conquer the Challenges of Sick Days
Learn what you can do to decrease the risk of diabetes-related complications. Diabetes is a life-long disease. It is important to monitor your diabetes control throughout the year. Learn about the recommended tests and screenings performed on a regular basis to help maintain good health! There may also come a time when you may be faced with illness. Learn how illness impacts your glucose control. Participate in this class and develop a personalized "sick day" strategy plan.
Keeping Well with Diabetes
Has diabetes changed your life? What type of challenges do you face as you manage your diabetes? What is your role? The focus of this class is to learn how to live well with diabetes! Participate in this session and learn how to identify short and long term goals. Do you want to start a new exercise program? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to test your blood glucose more often? Learn how to take an "active" role in your diabetes self management as you accomplish your goals.