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Diabetes Self Management

The FirstHealth Diabetes Self-Management Program offers one-on-one counseling and group classes to help patients understand their disease. Patients benefit from time with both a nurse and dietitian as well as group classes and follow-up sessions when needed.

Topics covered include:

  • Diabetes Science
  • Basic physiology
  • Understanding and preventing complications
  • Sick day guidelines
  • Foot care and screening
  • Glucose Monitoring
  • Assistance with selection and training
  • Lancet techniques
  • Ensuring meter accuracy
  • Record keeping and interpretation
  • Nutrition
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Glycemic index
  • Portion control
  • Weight management
  • Diabetes menus & recipes
  • Eating out in restaurants
  • Integration of other dietary restrictions (low cholesterol, low sodium, drug interactions)
  • Exercise
  • Exercise action plans
  • Exercise precautions
  • Managing blood sugar during sports and exercise
  • Medication Management
  • Function and use of oral diabetes
  • Basal/bolus therapy
  • Carb-to-insulin rations
  • Insulin instruction and titration
  • Stress Management and Coping
  • Education of family members/caregivers
  • Traveling with diabetes
  • Community and financial resources
  • Surgery preparation
  • Pregnancy
  • Pre-conception counseling
  • Meal planning/carbohydrate counting during pregnancy
  • Post partum control and diabetes prevention measures
  • Children and Teens
  • School nurse and staff training
  • Assistance with diabetes emergency plan
  • Continued education regarding self care

One month, three month or six month coaching by a Certified Diabetes Educator includes weekly coaching, education and support via one on one office visits, phone and email consultations.  Fees may apply.
The FirstHealth Diabetes Self-Management Program is an American Association of Diabetes Educators educational series offering services in Moore, Richmond, Montgomery and Hoke counties.

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, call (800) 364-0499 toll-free.

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