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Diabetes Education

Whether you have just been diagnosed with diabetes and don't know where to begin, or you simply need an update on the best way to manage your diabetes, the North Oaks Diabetes Education Program can help you take control of your condition. Our health care experts at North Oaks Health System are dedicated to equipping members of our community with the information they need to increase their quality of life with diabetes.

The necessary lifestyle changes to manage your diabetes may seem overwhelming. Our program is designed to provide practical information and assistance to help you achieve your healthiest life with diabetes.

Our Team

The North Oaks Outpatient Diabetes Education team consists of experienced health care professionals who partner with your physicians to help you better understand your condition. The program components work together to provide you with a personal plan to manage your condition and help lower your risk of complications. With a physician referral, you can take advantage of the following program offerings listed on this page.

Individual Diabetes Education

This one-on-one consultation with our Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator will help you understand your personal diabetes diagnosis, as well as answer any questions you may have about your condition.

Components include:

  • Diabetes self-management skills assessment
  • Personalized plan for checking blood sugars and medications
  • Blood glucose monitoring and meter information
  • Explanation of diabetes test results
  • Foot screening and care information
  • Insulin administration training

Follow-Up Sessions

Our team will continue to check on your progress and address your individual needs through in-person and phone follow-up sessions. Together, we will review your personalized goals and treatment plan and monitor your results. Follow-up sessions also may include foot care classes and screenings.

Nutritional Education

A registered dietitian will review your individual nutritional assessment and help you develop a meal plan for diabetes management. The program focuses on incorporating good nutrition into life in the real world, including:

  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Portion control
  • Food label reading
  • Making restaurant and fast food meal choices

Diabetes Basics and Nutrition Class

This small group course continues your education on making the best lifestyle choices to help you manage your diabetes. Bring a family member or friend for support as we explore the following topics:

  • Understanding diabetes and available treatment options
  • Healthy eating and physical activity
  • Diabetes medications and how they work
  • How to check and understand your blood sugar levels
  • Ways to prevent, detect and treat short- and long-term diabetes complications
  • Goal-setting, problem-solving and stress management

Support Group

Monthly support group meetings are free and open to those with diabetes and their families and friends. Physician referrals are not needed. Speakers from the community share valuable insight on current topics in health related to diabetes. These meetings also provide participants with an opportunity to share experiences, tips, ideas and concerns with others.

Potential support group meeting topics:

  • Keeping Fit with Exercise
  • Heart Disease Risk and Prevention
  • Keeping Yourself Healthy During a Disaster
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Healthy Eating on a Budget

Registration is not required for diabetes support group meetings. For more information on attending an upcoming meeting, please call North Oaks Community Education at (985) 230-5723 or visit Classes & Events

How to Participate in the Diabetes Education Program

Your physician can refer you to our program. In addition, many insurance plans (including Medicare) help cover the cost of diabetes education. For individual policy coverage, contact your insurance carrier.

Check out this online and downloadable quiz from the American Diabetes Association to see if you may be at risk for diabetes.

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