The Diabetes Class is a four-part series occurring four Tuesdays each month. This class requires a provider referral.
Class 1: We will start this class by defining diabetes and discussing common myths and truths about monitoring blood sugar and insulin. We will also explore individual feelings about diabetes and how best to manage the condition with a healthy lifestyle. Finally, we will address the importance of engaging a support network and healthcare team. Total time: two hours.
Class 2: This class will address the relationship between blood glucose and food. We will explore feelings associated with food, the nutrients in food and the importance of an eating plan. We will cover what you eat, how much you eat, when you eat and how all this affects blood sugars. Again, we will stress the importance of engaging a support network and healthcare team. Total time: two hours.
Class 3: This class will review blood sugars and insulin. We will discuss blood sugar targets and the feelings you may have when they are not on target, the importance of knowing your A1C and the need to monitor it. We will explore what causes the blood sugar to rise and how to prevent this. We will end by learning how to analyze your blood sugar record to begin understanding trends. Total time: two hours.
Class 4: This class includes a review of normal blood sugars and how to treat hyper or hypoglycemia. We will discuss the natural course of diabetes, and recognize the fact that as we age, it may become more difficult to keep blood sugars in target range. We will also discuss diabetes medications, the potential long-term complications of diabetes and how to delay or reduce the risks through careful blood sugar monitoring. We will end with a review of monthly and yearly wellness checks required to stay healthy. Total time: two hours.