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Comprehensive Outpatient Program

The year-long diabetes self-management program includes:

  • A one-hour initial assessment
  • One all-day education class
  • Complimentary follow-up sessions for ongoing support throughout the year with topics ranging from dental health
    and diabetes to holiday eating tips.

We provide education for individuals who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, had a change in their treatment regimen, or are having difficulty maintaining glycemic control.

Program Components

  • Individual Assessment
  • Diabetes Overview
  • Basics of control: meal planning, exercise, blood glucose monitoring, medication and standards of care
  • Meal Planning: goals for healthy eating; food groups and portion sizes; the effect of carbohydrate on blood glucose levels; healthy eating guidelines for fat, cholesterol and sodium; how to read and interpret food labels
  • Benefits of exercise and how to exercise safely
  • Information about foot care
  • Importance of blood glucose monitoring; discuss blood glucose targets, testing schedule, record keeping, understanding the meaning of an A1c
  • Medication: how medication works to assist with diabetes control
  • Acute complications of diabetes and prevention strategies
  • Sick Day guidelines
  • Review of chronic complications from uncontrolled diabetes
  • ADA standards of care
  • Goal setting for behavior change

All-Day Class - can attend all-day session or split class into two half-day sessions. An individual one-hour assessment with the nurse or dietitian is required prior to attending the class. Classes are available at the Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital.

Follow-Up Sessions
Class participants return at three, six and 12 months after class completion for an hour and a half followup to review progress toward self-identified behavior change goals and additional educational programming.

Follow-up sessions include:

  • Reviewing goals and progress to date
  • Addressing questions and concerns
  • Solving problems and setting goals
  • Continuing education on a variety of diabetes topics

The charge for instruction for the Diabetes Outpatient Self-Management Program is covered all, or in part, by most insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid. Follow-up sessions are free of charge.

Patient Referral Form
A physician referral is required. Download a referral form or call (919)350-7292 to request a form.



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