| Diabetes Education Classes
Diabetes Education Series
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 Individual training sessions are scheduled for patients who are new to the insulin pump or who are upgrading to a newer version of the insulin pump.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.
National Diabetes Prevention Program
Mon General Hospital’s Diabetes Learning Center recently brought the Center for Disease Control’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) to the Morgantown area through funding provided by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The class meets regularly for 16 weeks and is offered free-of-charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. To qualify for the NDPP, a person must be at high risk for developing diabetes, or have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with prediabetes. To take a quick assessment to see if you are at risk, you can go to the CDC's NDPP website, www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention. Unlike most diabetes programs, physician referral is not required for the NDPP. Participants may refer themselves, provided they meet the prediabetes requirements. Prediabetes is determined by one of the one of the following blood test results: fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/d, A1c between 5.7% and 6.4% or 2-hour plasma glucose between 140 to 199 mg/dl.
To learn more about the Diabetes Education Classes, call the Diabetes Learning Center of Mon General at (304) 598-1403.