| Diabetes Education Classes
Three courses are offered: Diabetes Basics, Insulin Education, and Gestational Diabetes Education. Anyone interested in participating in a diabetes education series can request a referral from their healthcare provider. All of these classes are taught by an RN or Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and a Registered Dietitian (RD).
- Diabetes Basics is a 4-session course held over a period of about three months. Patients are first seen individually for a pre-class assessment and history. This course is for persons newly diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are not on complex insulin regimens. The main focus of this course is focused on providing support to help participants make healthy behavior changes.
- Insulin Education is a multiple session course designed for persons with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are on complex insulin regimens. The focus of these sessions is to coordinate insulin regimen with behaviors, such as eating and physical activity, to better manage diabetes.
- Gestational Diabetes Education is a two to three session course for persons who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The focus of these sessions is meal planning instruction, blood glucose testing and diabetes prevention following delivery.
Insulin Pump Training
The Diabetes Learning Center provides training on several different insulin pumps. Individual training sessions are scheduled for patients who are new to the insulin pump or who are upgrading to a newer version of the insulin pump. Follow-up insulin pump education is also available as requested. Initial training sessions are scheduled for three hours but some patients may not require this much time to complete training. The length of time for each upgrade or follow-up training visit varies with each individual.
Continuous Glucose Monitor Training
The Diabetes Learning Center provides training on the continuous glucose monitor (CGM) system by Minimed, also known as a glucose sensor. Glucose sensors test the glucose levels every 3-5 minutes and provide valuable information on glucose and how quickly it changes after meals or giving insulin. Training for the glucose sensor is done individually in one to two sessions. Each session will last up to two hours. If you are interested in learning more about the brand of glucose sensor that the Diabetes Learning Center provides training for, please go to the Minimed website. http://www.minimed.com/