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?
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
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
4. Taking Medications
5. Problem Solving
6. Healthy Coping
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.