You may have been told that your blood sugar numbers were a “little high,” but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. This class will help you make lifestyle changes to decrease or delay the development of diabetes.
We will talk about risk factors such as age, family history and body weight. You will learn about food label reading, specifically fat content, sodium and carbohydrates. Carbohydrate counting is especially important to controlling weight and keeping blood sugar levels lower. The benefits of exercise will also be discussed.
There is a small charge for this class.
We recommend this class whether you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for years. This one-time, eight-hour class taught by registered nurses and registered dietitians will help you make healthy lifestyle decisions. You face daily decisions like when and what to eat, when to take medicine, how to check blood sugar, what to do for high or low sugars, and how to take care of your feet. Let our instructors, who are certified diabetes educators, work with you to create a personalized self-management plan.
Exercise demonstrations are also part of the class, and participants will play along as we explain how exercise affects blood sugar levels.
This class requires a physician referral, so please talk with yours today or allow us to ask him or her for a referral. Medicare and most commercial insurances cover the cost of this class. We offer this class at least once a week at our Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale campuses.
Gestational diabetes (a condition you get when you are pregnant) classes are also offered. These two-hour classes are abbreviated versions of the Diabetes Self-Management Training class, with more of an emphasis on how the unborn child is monitored and what happens during and after pregnancy. These classes require a physician referral, and most insurances pay for them.
For more information, contact our Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center at 404.501.1790.