Education and Self Care

Lifelong wellness begins with a solid understanding of diabetes and how it affects you. Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires you to make multiple decisions throughout the day to successfully manage blood sugars and prevent diabetes related health problems. Learning self-management skills is an important part of your diabetes care. 

At the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, your educational needs may be met individually or in small groups. You will learn about nutrition, blood sugar monitoring, management of high and low blood sugar, medications, exercise, foot care, complications, and other diabetes related issues. Diabetes self-management education will leave you with essential skills and a better awareness of the many resources available to you. All of our educational programs are provided by certified diabetes educators. To schedule an appointment with a diabetes educator, please call 443-682-6800. 


Diabetes Education Classes

In small groups of 3-6 people, you will learn what to eat, how your medicine works, how to check blood sugar, what to do for high or low sugars, and how to take care of your feet, among other things. Diabetes education classes are a great way for you to ensure you have the skills for caring for your diabetes. Learn more

Diabetes Support Group

Living with diabetes is not easy. This support group was established to give you a place where you can meet and talk with others who face the same daily challenges. You will find a positive, caring environment where you can share your concerns, learn new management approaches, and help others benefit from your own life experiences. Discussions are led by diabetes educators and a variety of guest speakers.

 No reservation required. Open to the public and free of charge. For more information, call 443-682-6800.

Pregnancy Class

Diabetes can make pregnancy a challenging time. Whether you had diabetes before your pregnancy, or developed it during pregnancy, this class will help you successfully manage your blood sugar. Offered in small groups of 2-4 women, you will receive the most current guidelines for blood sugar monitoring, nutrition, weight gain, and exercise for pregnancy. Classes are offered weekly.

Insulin Pump Program

Insulin pumps offer a different method of taking insulin delivering a continuous infusion of insulin 24 hours a day. Many find this method improves their quality of life and offers them more flexibility with eating than ever before. If your medical provider thinks this treatment is right for you, our program will prepare you to safely transition to insulin pump therapy. To start an insulin pump, you must also see one of our UMCDE physicians. This program consists of 3-4 classes focused on intensive diabetes management, including carbohydrate counting. Classes are offered monthly. 


For more information or to make an appointment, please call 443-682-6800.

This page was last updated: March 26, 2014

         
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