Diabetes Education Program
Diabetes Education at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center
A diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming. There are many questions and concerns that require answers specific to each patient. The Diabetes Education Program at UH Elyria Medical Center is here to provide support and resources for those newly diagnosed with diabetes. We offer one-on-one sessions with certified diabetes educators (CDE), as well as group classes and a monthly support group.
National Recognition for Best Practices in Diabetes Education
The UH Elyria Medical Center Diabetes Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Before starting the program, patients need to obtain a referral from their physician and contact their insurance provider to verify coverage. Diabetes education is covered under many insurance plans.
What to Expect During a Diabetes Education Session
During the initial hour-long meeting, a certified diabetes educator will work with each patient individually to develop an education plan to meet their specific needs. Patients will discuss their eating habits, work schedule, food likes and dislikes, current medications, and activity level. If patients are not already doing so, our Diabetes Program will help them start self-blood glucose monitoring using a glucose meter. Our educators also have experience working with women who have gestational diabetes, or diabetes during pregnancy.
As part of the program, a follow-up visit is encouraged. Patients will keep a daily diet and exercise log, along with a record of their blood sugar levels. This information is reviewed by the certified diabetes educator during the follow-up visit to help patients better understand how diet and exercise affects blood sugar levels.
Diabetes Classes and Support Groups
Patients are also encouraged to attend the three additional diabetes classes offered every month. These sessions provide more in-depth information and give patients another opportunity to learn about their disease while interacting with others who are going through the same thing. There is a fee for these classes that may be covered by insurance. Patients attending group classes receive follow-up sessions for the year.
Sign Up for the Diabetes Education Program
For more information about classes and support groups at the UH Elyria Medical Center Diabetes Education Program, located at 508 East Broad Street in Elyria, please call 440-284-5709.