Diabetes Education Center

The Diabetes Education Center at St. Mary Medical Center is now an American Diabetes Association (ADA) Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education Program in the Victor Valley Community.

Outpatient Diabetes Management Training Program

Our 12-month outpatient program includes education intended to motivate patients to practice necessary self-management behaviors. The initial seven hours of instruction include the following components:

One-Hour Individual Assessment Component

  • Diabetes overview
  • Effect of food, exercise and medicine on blood glucose levels
  • Principles of healthy eating
  • Anti-diabetic medications
  • Issuance and instruction on glucose meter
  • Record-keeping
  • Goal setting

The core consists of six hours of group training in two three-hour sessions:

Core Session One

  • Hypoglycemia/Hyperglycemia
  • Monitoring and complications
  • Foot exam
  • Coping
  • Behavior modification

Core Session Two

  • Nutrition – individualized exchange meal plan
  • Sick day management
  • Exercise
  • Traveling, skin, dental
  • Review management skills

Follow-Up Sessions

There are three one-hour group follow-up sessions at three, six and 12 months. At this time, patients will be evaluated, progress will be discussed regarding behavior change and goals will be established as well as a question-and-answer session. Additional education modules include insulin instruction, individual nutrition consults and gestational diabetes consults.

For more information, call (760) 946-8170.

Diabetes Awareness Group

The Diabetes Awareness Group has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. The group covers a variety of topics including healthy eating, latest treatment, care options and open forums to share experiences.

Day: Fourth Tuesday of every month.
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: St. Mary Medical Center in Brothers Conference Room

Please call (760) 946-8170 for more information.

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