YRMC's Diabetes Self Management Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Our diabetes educators are certified by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and can work with you and your family to create a diabetes management plan.
The program begins with an individual one-hour appointment with a diabetes educator to put together a management plan. Next, the patient attends four weekly two-hour group classes over the next month. The patient is invited to bring along a "significant other" to learn about diabetes self management and to help carry out the self management plan. A final one-hour group class is offered three months after the patient completes the series of classes to review their progress and to identify solutions to any problems.
The diabetes self management education program covers these topics:
- How and when to monitor your blood sugar
- Insulin self-management skills
- What you need to know about oral medications
- Nutrition counseling, including carbohydrate counting and heart-healthy eating
- Exercise counseling
- Stress management and diabetes
- Sick day management for diabetes
- Preventing long-term complications
- Weight loss/maintenance
- Foot care
- Behavior changes
Registration for the program requires a referral from your doctor. Call 336-7309 if you would like us to fax a referral form to your healthcare provider.
Medicare and some private healthcare plans may cover the cost of the program. Check with the member services department of your healthcare plan to verify coverage. For more information, contact the Diabetes Education Center at 928-336-7309.
The Yuma Regional Medical Center has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education*.