Many of the 23.6 million Americans (7.8% of the population) affected by diabetes can control this chronic disease with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and possibly the use of medicine. Education is one of the key components to living well with diabetes. You can achieve control by becoming an informed and involved member of the healthcare team.
Diabetes Self Management Training Center
The Diabetes Self Management Training Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Our Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) are qualified to providing state of the art education on the latest guidelines for managing diabetes. Services for clients with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes include nutritional counseling, medication management, and intensive insulin therapy.
Medical Center of Lewisville has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its inpatient diabetes program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Medical Center of Lewisville’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. The hospital is the first facility in Denton County to receive this certification and is one of only three certified programs in the state.
Common Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes
- Always Tired
- Frequent Urination
- Always Hungry
- Always Thirsty
Diabetes Self Management Education
The Diabetes Self-Management Training Center is one of only a few in the DFW metroplex recognized by the American Diabetes Association. The Outpatient Diabetes Self Management Program at Medical Center of Lewisville is an American Diabetes Association (ADA) Recognized Program. The ADA Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self Management Education programs. Programs that receive Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes. Self management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. Persons attending ADA recognized programs are taught self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen.
Who Should Participate?
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Women with Gestational Diabetes
What Will You Learn?
State-of-the-art information and education covering:
- Blood Glucose Monitoring
- Carbohydrate Counting
- Eating Out
- Diabetic Emergencies
- Fitting Sugar & Dessert into Meals
- Diabetic Medications
- Foods That Affect Blood Sugar
- Disease Process and Complications
- Low Fat Meals
- Exercise Strategies
- Psychological Impact
- Recipe Modification
- Family Involvement
- Personalized Delicious Meal Plans
- Alcohol Guidelines
- Traveling with Diabetes
- Understanding Food Labels
- Sick Day Management
- Foot Care
- Community Resources
Our team of Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) specializes in insulin pump management, continuous glucose monitors, and intensive insulin therapy. Our insulin pump program assists patients in choosing a pump, pump training, and dosing adjustments.
Who’s On Your Healthcare Team?
- Your Physician
- Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator
- Certified Diabetes Nutrition Educator
What Follow-up Care Is Recommended?
A one month follow-up appointment is recommended to review your progress in our Diabetes Self Management Program, as well as your personal goals. Long term, patients should see a healthcare provider every 3-4 months for continued evaluation of your diabetes.
How Do You Get Started?
Registration and scheduling require a physician order. Fees are set for each Diabetes Self Management Training session. We recommend that patients confirm coverage with their insurance provider prior to scheduling an appointment.
We know you’re busy, so we make it easy to schedule an appointment. Give us a call at 972.420.1091.
Diabetes Exercise Classes
When: Tuesday & Thursday from 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Cost: $18 per month or $50 for 3 months
$40 Initial Fitness Assessment (required)
Physician release required
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do I need to be fasting for my visit?
No, Please continue your normal eating schedule. No blood samples will be taken at your appointment.
- Can I bring someone with me?
Yes, participants may bring one person to their visits. Arrangements for child care are recommended.
- Do I need to bring anything with me to my appointment?
1st visit: Your completed medical history, glucose monitor (if you are testing or need to learn how to use it). Follow-up visits: Bring your logbook and/or glucose monitor if you are testing your blood sugar. Our staff will want to evaluate your diabetes control.
- Do I need to change how I am eating before I come in?
Make sure you are eating 3 times a day, and not skipping meals. You can avoid concentrated sweets, such as sodas, juices, and desserts until you are seen. Do not avoid all starches (carbohydrates). Our staff will be providing you a personalized meal plan based on your medical needs and personal goals.
- How do I get a glucose monitor?
Some doctor’s offices provide them for their patients. Ask your healthcare provider if they have any. Many insurance companies provide them free of charge. Call the #800 on the back of your insurance card and ask. Many insurance companies have 3-4 monitors that they “prefer” for you to use. Ask for the brands if you have to purchase one; it can save you money over the course of the year.
- Do I have to have a glucose monitor before I come to my appointment?
No, however, most patients prefer to bring it to their appointment to make sure they are using it correctly.
Diabetes Education Center Forms
To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call the Diabetes Self Management Center at 972.420.1091.