Diabetes Self-Management Education

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If you have diabetes and would like to:

  • Improve your blood sugar and A1C levels
  • Better manage your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Save money on diabetes supplies
  • Learn skills to better manage your diabetes and be able to do the things you enjoy

We can help!

Our Diabetes Educators

Aaron Richardson RN BSN
Linda Klejch RDLD CDE

A Diabetes Educator is an individual who has specialized training, and often, has a personal connection to diabetes, so they understand what you are going through. Our diabetic educators, Aaron and Linda, can help you successfully manage all aspects of your diabetes and put the skills you learn into practice.

Diabetes can be an overwhelming and difficult disease to manage. Aaron and Linda will work with you to design a specific plan that meets you where you are and provides the tools and support you need.

Get the knowledge you need to control diabetes for life.

Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) will provide you with resources and skills to help you learn how to manage your diabetes and be as healthy as possible. DSME focuses on seven self-care behaviors:

  • Healthy eating
  • Being active
  • Monitoring
  • Taking medication, if applicable
  • Problem solving
  • Healthy coping
  • Reducing risks

You will work one-on-one with a diabetes educator, as well as learn about other local resources in your community. DSME is covered by most insurances and offers flexible times that are most convenient for you and your family. To get started, you will need a referral from our primary care physician.

Diabetes education works.

Studies show that individuals who participate in diabetes education can experience lower blood sugar, lower A1C levels, and decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Diabetes education has also been shown to help increase self-esteem, coping abilities, and the ability to successfully manage diabetes. We provide flexible, individualized instruction to ensure you gain the skills you need for success.

Special classes available for:

  • Insulin start and adjustment
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Pregnancy

For more information, give us a call at 515-462-5218.