Diabetes Self-Management Education classes begin Wednesday, Oct. 4

August 30, 2023

Adirondack Health’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program will kick off on Oct. 4 and run every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. through Nov. 8 in the Redfield Boardroom at Adirondack Medical Center.

The estimated number of Americans living with diabetes has grown to 30 million, making it the country’s most pervasive chronic condition. Diabetes Self-Management Education is an essential component of diabetes care, with national standards based upon evidence of its benefits. The program assists those initially diagnosed with diabetes in getting their self-care off to an effective start. For those who have had the disease for some time, the program offers reminders on how to continue the high level of self-care that is essential for controlling metabolism, managing complications, and maintaining a high quality of life. Emerging technologies are easing the burden of controlling blood glucose levels.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25, and Nov. 1 and 8.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • General overview of diabetes
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Medications
  • Chronic complications
  • Acute complications
  • Eye complications
  • Stress management
  • Feet, skin, and mouth care
  • Technology
  • Monitoring glucose
  • Behavioral goals and community resources

A mix of doctors, advanced practice providers, nurses, and a pharmacist will be presenting.

All types of diabetes patients are welcome, whether they have Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, or pre-diabetes.

Advanced registration is required, preferably via referral from your primary care provider. If you have any questions or need help getting a referral, contact Jennifer McGuoirk at jmcguoirk@adirondackhealth.org or Elisabeth Cottom at ecottom@adirondackhealth.org.

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