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Diabetes Education

Living with diabetes can impact both your physical and emotional health. Regardless of the type of diabetes you have, managing this chronic condition requires knowledge and skills. Anderson Hospital's self-management diabetes program can be a valuable resource in helping you take control of your life as an individual with diabetes.

Take Control of Your Diabetes

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

The demands of life with diabetes affects your physical and emotional well-being. Regardless of your diabetes type, there is a need to manage this chronic condition. Anderson Hospital's diabetes self-management program could be your first step to living your best life with diabetes. 

Program Description: 
Our team of Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCES) are here Monday-Friday to support you and your support person in your diabetes journey. A life long disease requires life-long education and support. 

In order to put you at the center of care, patients will complete a diabetes history to identify any areas of concern. Initial appointments are scheduled to meet one on one with a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). A plan of care is then developed to meet the individuals’ needs.

Together the educator and patient will decide if you will proceed with individual or group sessions. Group sessions utilize an informative and engaging curriculum called Conversation Maps®.

Wherever you are in your diabetes journey it is never too early or too late to invest in yourself. Contact us to make an appointment and you will never look back. Here is what others’ have said about the program: 

“I learned a lot about diabetes that I thought I already knew, but didn't." 

“I am much more at ease with the disease and know more about how to handle it.” 

“I learned a lot, I wish I would have taken this class years ago.”

 “This was just what I needed. It really helped.”

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and all Illinois Medicaid plans will cover diabetes education visits. Our insurance verifiers will check your coverage before your appointment. 
Our Diabetes Program Structure

Group Classes for Diabetes Management

For our diabetes education group sessions, we utilize Conversation Maps® to engage all participants. The following content is covered with the maps:

Group 1:
On the Road to Better Managing Your Diabetes

  • What is diabetes?
  • Feelings you may experience
  • Blood glucose and insulin
  • Monitoring diabetes at home
  • Managing your diabetes with diet, exercise, and medication
  • Your support system

Group 2:
Diabetes and Healthy Eating

  • The relationship between blood glucose and food
  • Feelings about food and eating
  • The nutrients that make up food
  • The effects of how, what, how much, and when you eat
  • Meal planning and other healthy strategies
  • Having a plan and engaging your support

Group 3:
Monitoring Your Blood Glucose

  • What is blood glucose and insulin?
  • Blood glucose targets and how you feel in and out of range
  • Monitoring and knowing your A1c
  • What can cause highs and lows
  • Using monitoring to manage your diabetes

Group 4:
Continuing Your Journey with Diabetes

  • The natural course of diabetes
  • Challenges with keeping your blood glucose within the target range
  • Potential long-term complications of diabetes
  • How to delay or reduce the risk of long-term complications
  • The importance of checking for long-term complications and knowing your ABCs
Support for Managing Your Diabetes

Living Well with Diabetes Support Group

Our diabetes support group meetings are typically held the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September, and November from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. If you or a loved one would like to be added to the meeting reminder, please contact our Program Coordinator Angela Johnston, RD, LDN, CDCES, at [email protected] or 618.391.6711

Contact the Diabetes Education Department
Anderson Hospital Wellness Center
2133 Vadalabene Drive
Maryville, Illinois 62062
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All physicians, physicians' assistants, and nurse practitioners providing services in this hospital are independent contractors or provide service under contract. They are not employees, agents, or servants of Anderson Hospital. These professionals are responsible for their own medical judgement, actions, and billing.

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