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Diabetes Care Program

Help for Out-of-Control Diabetes

If you just started seeing a Geisinger endocrinologist to deal with out-of-control Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you will also be referred to our Diabetes Self-Management Training program. Your care team includes:

• You
• Endocrinologist
• Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator (RN, CDE)
• Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator (RD, CDE)
• Primary Care Physician
• Personal support system (family and friends)

One-on-One Counseling

Once you’ve seen your endocrinologist, you can make appointments to see our Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) in a private, one-on-one setting. CDEs help you find a unique combination of diet, exercise, glucose monitoring and medication to keep your diabetes under control.

You decide how often you want to make appointments with your care team. And you can stay in the program as long as it takes for you to be comfortable about managing your diabetes.

Services Offered

• Nutrition counseling
• Individual meal plans
• Advanced carbohydrate counting
• Exercise plans
• Instruction on using the latest home blood glucose monitoring devices
• Instruction on interpreting blood glucose results
• Instruction on insulin preparation and delivery methods, including pump therapy
• Medication usage and possible side effects
• Goal-setting (short-term and long-term) to improve your health and quality of life
• Instruction on preventing additional complications like diabetic eye disease or foot disease
• Help with how to talk about your condition with loved ones
• Information on local support groups

A Nationally Recognized Program

Geisinger’s Diabetes Self-Management Training program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) with an Education Recognition Certificate. Geisinger Health System also holds National Provider Recognition by the ADA and National Committee for Quality Assurance.