Diabetes Education Program
Diabetes education at Johnston Health is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. In 2008, we received an Abbot Diabetes Care Provider of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding care and commitment to those living with diabetes.
We can help you manage your diabetes while teaching you to live a healthier lifestyle. Anyone diagnosed with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes may participate in our education program. The program focuses on assessing individual needs, setting goals, education, exercise, diet and more.
Diabetes is not a “one size fits all” disease. Each patient is seen individually by a Certified Diabetes Educator. Each plan is different because each patient is different. We develop an individualized care plan based on the goals that the patient has chosen.
When you start the diabetes education program, we’ll begin with an assessment of your individual needs. Our program involves group classes and sessions, but is tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient.
After completing an individual assessment, we’ll work with you to set goals and develop a custom care plan focused on behavior changes. We help our patients set small, achievable goals and teach ways to stay motivated and reach those goals.
As part of the diabetes education program, you will participate in a variety of activities and classes to further your education and help you work towards a healthier lifestyle. In addition to your individual assessment, you will participate in month support groups and group education classes. Our education program focuses on:
Living with Diabetes
- Types and causes of diabetes
- Reducing stress while coping with diabetes
- Chronic complications from uncontrolled diabetes or gestational diabetes
- Acute and long term complications
- Psychosocial complications
- Prevention strategies
- Guidelines for managing sick days
- Medication and standards of care
- Instruction on how to manage blood glucose targets, testing schedules, and record keeping
- Self blood-glucose-monitoring instruction and maintenance
- Insulin pump training
- Foot care including self examination (in class)
Diet and Exercise
- Basics of diet control and meal planning
- Healthy eating guidelines for protein, fat, cholesterol, and sodium
- Distributing carbohydrates between meals and snacks
- Classification of food groups
- How to estimate portion sizes of unlabeled foods
- Effect of carbohydrates on blood glucose levels
- How to read and interpret food labels
- Benefits of exercise and how to exercise safely
Watch Patsy Stewart, diabetes educator at Johnston Health, as she discusses portion control and carb counting with My Carolina Today host Valonda Calloway.