Diabetes Education Center
The Diabetes Education Center at St. Mary Medical Center is now an American
Diabetes Association (ADA) Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education Program in the Victor Valley
Outpatient Diabetes Management Training Program
Our 12-month outpatient program includes education intended to motivate
patients to practice necessary self-management behaviors. The initial
seven hours of instruction include the following components:
One-Hour Individual Assessment Component
- Diabetes overview
- Effect of food, exercise and medicine on blood glucose levels
- Principles of healthy eating
- Anti-diabetic medications
- Issuance and instruction on glucose meter
- Goal setting
The core consists of six hours of group training in two three-hour sessions:
Core Session One
- Monitoring and complications
- Foot exam
- Behavior modification
Core Session Two
- Nutrition – individualized exchange meal plan
- Sick day management
- Traveling, skin, dental
- Review management skills
There are three one-hour group follow-up sessions at three, six and 12
months. At this time, patients will be evaluated, progress will be discussed
regarding behavior change and goals will be established as well as a question-and-answer
session. Additional education modules include insulin instruction, individual
nutrition consults and gestational diabetes consults.
For more information, call (760) 946-8170.
Diabetes Awareness Group
The Diabetes Awareness Group has been recognized by the American Diabetes
Association for Quality Self-Management Education.
The group covers a variety of topics including healthy eating, latest
treatment, care options and open forums to share experiences.
Day: Fourth Tuesday of every month.
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Please call (760) 946-8170 for more information.