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UFHealth Diabetes Education Program

Couple on bicyclesThe UF Health Diabetes Education Program helps patients take control of diabetes by teaching them to manage the disease with the latest advances in medical care and education. Adults can be referred to the program by their primary care physician or endocrinologist and the courses are taught by certified diabetes educators.

Newly diagnosed with diabetes? We’re here for you.

Diabetes affects nearly 30 million Americans, and an estimated 86 million are at high risk for developing the disease. The good news: as much as 80 percent of Type 2 diabetes is preventable by changing eating habits, increasing physical activity and making healthy lifestyle choices.

Many people do not become aware that they have diabetes until they develop one of its complications such as kidney disease, nerve damage, and heart disease. However, through the use of educational tools for healthy eating, exercise and medication, leading a happy and healthy life is possible.

With the program’s unique hands on approach, people can improve their quality of life while delaying and preventing complications. The UF Health Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education.

The Program

Our program begins with a one-on-one individual clinical consultation with a UF Health certified diabetes educator. Then, participants attend a series of self-management and diabetes nutrition education classes led by nurses, dietitians, and other allied healthcare professionals. Assessment and treatment of all complications are also covered.

Individual appointment 1 hour

  • Set up and operate own meter
  • Demonstrate correct blood sugar testing
  • Understand when to test blood sugar
  • Identify most cost-effective ways to obtain BG supplies
  • Understand/follow basic diabetes meal planning
  • Understand the importance of/follow personal exercise plan
  • Understand the importance of smoking cessation
  • Identify initial goal development collaboratively with patient

Class A

Content areas to be covered:

  • Overview of Diabetes/Physiology
  • Medications/Treatment
  • Emotions and Diabetes
  • Blood Sugar Monitoring/Pattern Management
  • Preventing & Treating Acute Complications
  • Introduction to Nutrition Strategies
  • Understanding Diabetes: Comprehensive Approach

Class B

Content areas to be covered:

  • Review blood sugar monitoring/pattern management
  • Prevention/treatment long term complications
  • Standard of Care/Key tests
  • Psychosocial issues: depression, stress, coping
  • Lifestyle/goal setting/physical activity/exercise/tobacco/weight control/alcohol
  • More nutrition strategies
  • Blood sugar pattern management: comprehensive approach

Each year you qualify for a two hour follow-up appointment.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

For more individual nutrition goals, please check with your insurance company as you may qualify for 3 hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy your first year and 2 hours annually.