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Diabetes Education

Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) programs are available at CRMC to help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to control your diabetes. Training sessions focus on the seven areas of self-care that are essential for improved health and greater quality of life. 

These areas include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Being active
  • Monitoring
  • Taking Medication
  • Problem solving
  • Healthy coping
  • Reducing risks

Diabetes Self Management Training is available for those with Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes. Training consists of an initial assessment with a diabetes educator (approx. 60-90 minutes) followed by 2-4 additional sessions (1-2 hours each) with the nurse educator and dietitian, spread out over 1-2 months.

The following programs are available:

  • Diabetes BASICS – A comprehensive training program designed for those newly diagnosed or those who have never been through a formal training program. This program consists of an initial assessment and three group training sessions.
  • Gestational BASICS – A program designed for the mommy with pregnancy-induced diabetes. This program consists of an initial assessment and 3 individual sessions held through out the remaining weeks of pregnancy.
  • Insulin Instruction – Individual training for those beginning insulin therapy or adjusting their insulin dose. This program consists of 2 individual sessions and may be completed in addition to the Diabetes BASICS program.
  • Diabetes Update – Individual training for those who have been through a comprehensive program but need or  want an update on current diabetes care practices. This program consists of 2 or more individual training sessions.
  • Pre-Diabetes BASICS – A group program for those at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. This program consists of a 1 time, 2 hour program, focusing on lifestyle changes for diabetes prevention.

 DSMT has been shown to help people with diabetes...

1. Achieve and maintain better blood sugar control
2. Reduce medication costs
3. Decrease the risk of lower extremity amputation
4. Reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations

Participation in Diabetes Self Management Training may be covered by insurance with a physician order. Please contact your insurance carrier to determine coverage before starting a training program.

If you have any questions about Diabetes Education at CRMC, please call 712-225-5101 and ask for Kelly Stanke, RD, LD at extension 138 or JoAnne Tapper, RN, BSN at Extension 229.