Programs and Initiatives in Communities - Diabetes Management

Programs & Initiatives in Communities
Diabetes Management

What is diabetes management?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that can lead to disabling and even deadly complications if it is not controlled. Controlling diabetes means keeping blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels near normal – every day over a lifetime. This is no easy task. 

Diabetes is complicated, yet most people with type 2 diabetes –the most common form of the disease – have not gotten the training they need to manage it well for their everyday life. There are several evidence-based self-management education programs available to help people with diabetes better manage their disease. These programs help put the patient in charge of day-to-day management, giving the clinical care team more time to focus on complex challenges that may arise with diabetes.  

Evidence-based programs

Managing diabetes can be overwhelming. People with diabetes need education and ongoing support in order to cope with their condition, make good self-care decisions, and adopt healthy lifestyles. These proven, evidence-based programs can help:

  • Diabetes Self-Management Education/Training (DSME/T) involves working one-on-one with a certified diabetes educator and support team. The patient can learn about diabetes, set goals, get coached in making healthy choices and get their medications adjusted as needed. Most medical insurance plans cover the first 10 hours of DSME/T visits, and two hours each year after that. Patient's will need a doctor's referral.
  • Living Well with Chronic Disease and Living Well with Diabetes are two proven programs for older adults and their families who are living with chronic disease. These workshops include six, weekly, two-and-a-half hour sessions, where participants learn to make healthier choices, understand treatments, talk to their doctor, get support, and more. Both workshops are taught by trained peer educators in community locations, clinics and other settings. Some workshops may have a sliding fee or cost share.