Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans. Diabetes is the nation’s sixth deadliest disease and the leading cause of blindness , kidney failure, amputations, heart disease and stroke. Type 2 diabetes, typically associated with older adults, is now prevalent in a younger population because of the increase in obesity in children and adults.
However, through the use of educational tools for healthy eating, exercising and medication leading a happy and healthy life with a diabetes diagnoses is possible.
People with all types of diabetes can take control of their lives by learning to manage the disease with the latest advances in medical care and education. The UF Health Diabetes Self-Management Education Program provides patients with the most up-to-date educational programming.
With the program’s unique “hands on” approach, people with diabetes can improve their quality of life while delaying and preventing the complications of this condition. The UF Health Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-management Education.
Patients are required to receive a referral from their physician to start the program.
Diabetes self management
After an individual assessment with a certified diabetes educator, patients attend a series of four-hour classroom sessions, these are offered multiple times throughout the month and are taught by healthcare professionals with extensive knowledge and experience with diabetes. Most participants considerably improve blood sugar control as a result of attending this program.
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT )
Medical Nutrition Therapy is an essential component of comprehensive health care. After all, everyone has to eat! Individuals with diabetes can improve their management of this disease and quality of life by receiving counseling relating to blood sugar, lipid and cholesterol management. During your MNT appointment, a registered/licensed dietician will help you design your own meal plan to include the foods you like and improve your eating habits, so you can enjoy better health.
Introduction to Diabetes
- Self-blood glucose monitoring and meter set-up
- How to keep blood sugar and food logs
- Basic nutrition and diet management tips
- Family role and involvement / support
Diabetes Management Overview and Nutrition Strategies
- Review of blood sugar and food logs
- Treatment programs, medications/insulin
- Sick day management
Diabetes Self-Care and Lifestyle
- Diabetes complications and long-term treatment
- Skin, foot and dental care
- Stress management, coping and depression
- Dietary concerns — fat, cholesterol, fiber, sodium, sweeteners and alcohol
A patient is eligible for an individual two-hour visit each year after the initial program has been completed.
Other Individual Education Appointments
These individual education sessions and appointments are covered by Medicare and most commercial insurers.
Should complications appear, physicians may recommend a one or two-hour visit.
Advanced Meal Planning and Carbohydrate Counting Session
An educator works with patients to increase understanding of blood sugar pattern management for better diabetes control or preparation for an insulin pump.
New Insulin, Medication or Meter Start
An educator assists patients with new regimens.
Gestational Diabetes Visit
An educator assists patients with managing blood sugar during pregnancy.
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Diabetes Education Program, please contact 352-265-8548.
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Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.
Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.
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