Diabetes Education

(301) 609-5444

M, W, Th 8:30 – 5:00; Tues. 12:00-8:00 and Fri. 8:30-4:00; Daytime and Evening Classes available

To schedule an appointment,
please call (301) 609-4413

Diabetes comes with many questions. For the answers come to us.

What can I eat? Will I need medication? Will this ever go away? Our new Center for Diabetes Education is now accepting patients* and will give you the knowledge you need to live a healthier life with diabetes.

* A phyicisan's referral is required.

Department Details

Services Include

  • Individual evaluation and diabetes instruction
  • Group education classes
  • Blood sugar meter training
  • Insulin instruction
  • Injection training
  • Diabetes nutrition instruction
  • Diabetes weight management
  • Diabetes during pregnancy 
  • Diabetes Self-Management Education for: 
    • Adults with Type 1 Diabetes
    • Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
    • Women with Gestational Diabetes (Diabetes During Pregnancy) 

When to Come for Diabetes Education?

  1. Newly diagnosed with Diabetes
  2. Annual assessment of education, nutrition and emotional needs
  3. Long-standing diabetes with limited prior education
  4. Changes in medication for diabetes
    • New to taking pills for diabetes
    • More diabetes pills have been added to your treatment plan
    • New to injections for diabetes
    • New to insulin
  5. HbA1C  out of target range 
  6. Unexplained low blood sugars or unexplained high blood sugars
  7. Weight issues or other nutrition concerns related to diabetes
  8. When new complicating factors influence self-management - Changes in:
    • Health conditions such as kidney disease, stroke, need for steroid or complicated medication routine
    • Physical limitations such as visual impairment, dexterity issues, movement restrictions
  9. When transitions in care occur - Changes in:
    • Living situation such as now living alone or moving in with one of your children
    • Insurance coverage that results in treatment change
    • Age-related changes affecting cognition, self-care, etc.


What Can I Expect?

You can expect friendly, practical instruction in a relaxed environment. You will receive written material on every subject so that you can use it for future reference. 
Please feel free to bring someone with you to the sessions.

Course content is based on the AADE 7™ Self Care Behaviors:
Diabetes Education Accreditation Program
  • Healthy Eating
  • Being Active
  • Monitoring 
  • Taking Medication
  • Problem Solving
  • Healthy Coping 
  • Reducing Risks
The program for Type 2 diabetes includes 1 hour of individual consultation and four classes for a total of 9-10 hours of instruction. Classes usually meet every two weeks so that you have time to practice the new skills that you have learned. Pick the day and time that is convenient for you, with daytime classes offered three days a week, and classes on Tuesday evenings for busy commuters.  Your classes will be scheduled during your initial consultation.
Approximately half of each class session is spent learning the answer to the question “what can I eat?” Nutrition subjects include healthy eating, dining out and fast food tips, artificial sweeteners, holiday eating, and weight loss strategies. 
Individual instruction is also available based on need, preference and insurance. 
We’re here to help!
Call us if you need help getting the referral from your doctor.
Call us to get answers to your questions about the program.
Call us to schedule your first appointment. We’ll schedule the group classes during your first visit.
We are located in UM Charles Regional Medical Center on the first floor. From the lobby, pass the Coffee Bar and turn right. The Center for Diabetes Education is at the end of the hall, on the left.

The Day of Your First Appointment

  • Please arrive about 45 minutes early to the appointment so that you have time to complete registration.
  • First, Stop by Patient Registration on the first floor of the hospital to sign forms and complete the registration process.
  • Bring your blood sugar meter with you (if you have one)
  • Bring the following forms with you:
    • Your insurance card
    • A list of your medicines
    • Referral form (unless the doctor has already faxed it to us)
    • Blood sugar record

To learn more about diabetes, visit The American Diabetes Association