The demands of life with diabetes affect your physical and emotional well-being. Whatever type of diabetes you have, there is a need for knowledge to learn to manage this chronic condition.
Anderson Hospital's self-management program could be your first step to taking control of your life as a diabetes patient.
The program offers:
- Individualized plan of diabetes education
- Meal planning
- Exercise planning
- Basic diabetes skills
- Advanced diabetes skills
The Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Anderson Hospital is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the national standards of education for diabetes. Our program offers diabetes services to patients, their families, and significant others.
Instruction provided by a certified adult nurse practitioner/certified diabetes educator and registered dietitians.
- Individual consultations.
- Small group sessions.
- Comprehensive group classes.
Instruction provided in an individual session designed for:
- Newly diagnosed diabetes patient
- Those in need of advanced skills training
Education is provided in a group setting, utilizing Conversation Maps® to engage all participants.
The following content is covered with the maps:
MAP 1: On the Road to Better Managing Your Diabetes
- What is Diabetes?
- Feelings you may experience
- Blood glucose and insulin
- Monitoring at home
- Managing Diabetes with diet, exercise, and medication
- Your support system
MAP 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
MAP 3: Monitoring Your Blood Glucose
- What are 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
- Your support system
MAP 4: Continuing Your Journey with Diabetes
- The natural course of Diabetes
- Challenges with keeping your blood glucose within target range
- Potential long-term complications
- How to delay or reduce the risk of long-term complications
- The importance of checking for long-term complications and knowing your ABCs
Living Well with Diabetes Support Group
- 2020 meetings*
- January 9
- March 5**
- May 14
- July 9
- September 10
- November 12
- *Meetings are usually held the 2nd Thursday from 4-5pm unless otherwise noted
- Angela Weeks RD, LDN, CDE
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Resources: