What is diabetes education?
Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training classes are taught by certified diabetes educators, registered nurses, physicians, and registered dietitians. The goal of diabetes education is to help people with diabetes better understand the disease and learn how to control it, cope with symptoms, and lower complication risks.
This is an accredited program by the Association of Diabetes Educators and reviews the seven behaviors that help control and manage diabetes: healthy eating, monitoring, activity, medications, problems solving, reducing risks, and healthy coping. Studies show that diabetes education helps people lower their blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
Diabetes education covers things like:
- Understanding what diabetes is and how it affects your body
- Diabetes medications and how they work
- Healthy eating, meal planning, and how nutrition can play a role in managing symptoms
- Using and understanding glucose monitoring devices and other supplies
- Tools to help manage symptoms and track progress
- How to cope with stress and symptoms and learning to problem solve
- The benefits of being active and how to get active
- Other resources and referrals
Diabetes education at Coordinated Health
Diabetes education is recommended for people with diabetes who:
- Have been recently diagnosed with diabetes
- Who have never received diabetes education
- Are having difficulty managing diabetes on their own
- Have complications from diabetes
- Have had recent changes to their treatment
Informational seminars and group classes
We offer a free information session, Diabetes 101, monthly. This introduction to diabetes education is a great orientation for what you can expect to get out of diabetes education classes. This seminar covers who develops diabetes and why, how food and exercise play a role, and how to reduce risks and complications of the disease. Find a Diabetes 101 seminar
A follow-up to the information session, Diabetes 201 is a more in-depth coarse covering diabetes risk, diagnosis, goals of treatment, symptoms, and medications. Find a Diabetes 201 class
Nutrition 201 is focused specifically on how food can play a role in diabetes symptoms. This class will help patients understand how to eat healthily when you have diabetes, meal planning, and portion control. Find a Nutrition 201 class
Insurance & cost
Diabetes 101 is a free seminar open to all people with diabetes and a guest. Diabetes 201 and Nutrition 201 are diabetes education classes that are usually covered by insurance. We can help with insurance verification. Without insurance, the cost of each class is $64.
Individual appointments for diabetes education are also available. You do not need to be a patient at Coordinated Health to attend. Diabetes education appointments include an individualized assessment, behavior modification instruction, and ongoing education and support. Sessions are focused on topics like:
- Pump education (with follow-up)
- Sensor education (with follow-up)
- Nutrition education: meal planning, how healthy eating plays a role in managing symptoms, carb counting, and support for behavior modifications
- Understanding medications: learning to adjust to insulin and how to prevent highs and lows
- Tools for coping and managing symptoms
- Community and financial resources
Insurance & cost
Individual appointments for diabetes education are usually covered by insurance. We can help with insurance verification. Without insurance, the cost of each class is $64.
Meet Natalie Tannasso, RN, CDE
Certified Diabetes Educator
Natalie Tannasso helps people with diabetes to understand the disease and how to cope with and mitigate the symptoms. She educates people with diabetes and their family members on insulin pump use, glucose monitoring, how diet and exercise impact symptoms, and risk management. She teaches group diabetes education classes and is available for individual appointments.