Do you have diabetes and don't know what to do?

Are people telling you to stay away from "carbs"?

Can I eat fruits and vegetables again? Don't they contain carbohydrates?

What exactly is a carbohydrate exchange?

What is an A1C and why does it matter?

Can exercise and weight loss help my diabetes? What if I like the way I look?

What do I eat when I go out to restaurants when I am with my family and friends?

Why do I feel so alone?

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What is a Diabetes Self-Management Program?

Diabetes Self-Management is a supportive education program involving the person with diabetes and the educator working together to improve the quality of care for the individual with diabetes. 

" Diabetes educators are integral in providing individualized education and promoting behavior change using the AADE-7 Self-Care Behaviors developed by the American Association of Diabetes Educators"

 

National Institute of Health (NIH)-"Partnering with Diabetes Educators to improve patient outcomes" February 2, 2014

 
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Benefits of Diabetes Self-Management Program

Diabetes Self-Management Programs increases knowledge and helps to promote positive behavior changes. These benefits can improve HbA1c and prevent diabetes complications. HbA1c measures the average blood sugar levels over 3 months. 

 

Lowering HbA1C by 1% decreases risk of kidney disease, amputation, stroke and blindness by 40%. 

 
 

AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors Treatment Goals Include: 

1. Healthy Eating

2. Being Active

3. Monitoring

4. Taking Medications

5. Problem Solving

6. Healthy Coping

7.Reducing Risks

 
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Medicare and most insurance companies pay for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Programs. All we need is a doctor's referral along with your insurance information. We offer group and individual classes in the evening to fit into your working schedule.