The Holy Cross Diabetes Education Program provides education on a full range of lifestyle and clinical issues related to diabetes.
Program education covers the following topics:
- Diabetes overview
- Stress and psychological adjustment
- Family involvement and social support
- Exercise and activity
- Blood glucose levels
- Prevention, detection and treatment of acute and chronic complications
- Foot, skin and dental care
- Behavior change strategies, goal setting, risk factor reduction and problem solving
- Benefits, risks and management options for improving glucose control
- Use of health care systems and community resources
- Preconception care, pregnancy and gestational diabetes
Instruction is offered in a group setting as three, three-hour classes, taught over a three-week period. Classes are held on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings. In addition to group meetings, class participants meet individually with the registered nurse to learn how to use a blood glucose meter and with the dietitian to discuss food choices.
Upon completion of the course, most class participants are able to self-manage their diabetes on a day-to-day basis, with the assistance of their health care team.
For more information about our diabetes education program, call Linda Nuttall, diabetes educator, at 301-754-7448.