Diabetes Self-Management Education
What is Diabetes Education?
Diabetes education can help you understand why making some changes might better help you manage diabetes. The goal is to have an open discussion with a diabetes educator about what you believe you can do to make those changes. These classes benefit you and your loved ones whether you have Pre, Type 1, Type 2, or diabetes with pregnancy (Gestational Diabetes). Diabetes education takes place in a group class or 1:1 session, depending on your needs.
What Will I Learn During Diabetes Education Sessions?
During your diabetes education group classes or 1:1 sessions, your diabetes educator will teach you how to better control your diabetes. The following topics may be covered as part of your program:
For people with Pre or Type 2 Diabetes who are just beginning or need a refresher. Women with diabetes and pregnancy can also benefit from an initial group class.
Individual (1:1) Sessions
For people with type 1 diabetes or other diabetes on insulin. 1:1 sessions are also offered to people who have previously attended group class.
What is Diabetes: How in the world did this happen? We will make it interesting and motivating.
Physical Activity: All activity helps your blood sugar. Learn what is right for you.
Healthy Eating: Find out which foods raise your blood sugar and the amount that is right for YOU. Rethink your relationship with food. Learn how to make your choices work for you!
Monitor Blood Glucose: Know what to do with the results to make testing more meaningful.
Coping: Suddenly, you are asked to do things you haven’t had to do before. Changing behavior is not easy. Support for you is here.
Avoid Complications: Blindness, nerve damage, kidney, and heart disease. Controlling your diabetes is the #1 way to avoid these risks.
Why did my doctor recommend a diabetes educator?
Discussing your goals with a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) ensures that you are receiving the most current diabetes information and applying it to your life. A CDE helps start your journey for improved blood sugar control and better health.
How do I get started with my diabetes education program?
Talk with your doctor about which class is best for you: individual (1:1) or group. Once you reach an agreement, your insurance will be verified and someone will contact you to offer dates, times and locations.
Who will be my diabetes educator?
Your UT Physicians diabetes educators are licensed healthcare professionals trained to specialize in the management of diabetes. They will help you manage your diabetes in all areas of your life.
Locations for Diabetes Education
UT Physicians – Bellaire Family Medicine
5420 Dashwood, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77081
UT Physicians – Victory
7364 Antoine Drive
Houston, TX 77088
UT Physicians Greens Clinic
245 West Greens Road
Houston, TX 77067-4503
UT Physicians at The Heights
925 N. Shepherd
Houston, TX 77008
UT Physicians at Sienna Village
8810 Highway 6, Suite 100
Missouri City, TX 77459
UT Physicians Health Center – Cinco Ranch
23923 Cinco Ranch Boulevard
Katy, TX 77494