Though diabetes is a serious condition, patients find it manageable at home in most circumstances if they are properly trained and commit to lifestyle changes that may be required.
Training available at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center's Diabetes Center is an important first step in making self-management possible. Our program, which has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association, provides the information, tools and techniques patients need for the daily management of their disease.
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Initial diabetes self-management training can be done in either a group class or individual format. Content includes:
- Basic Diabetes facts
- Basics of food management
- Glucose monitoring
Three subsequent follow up sessions, held weekdays, occur approximately one month, three months, and six months after the initial visit. These one-on-one sessions last 60-90 minutes, and those who attend the follow-ups show a much higher management success rate.
Visit dates and times vary, and are held in the West Pavilion at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Follow-ups are scheduled individually Monday through Friday. A Saturday class is held once a quarter from 1-4 PM.
Only certified educators teach in our program, which is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.
To become certified, an instructor must complete 1,000 hours of patient education, have a bachelor of science in nursing degree or be a registered dietitian, and pass the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators' exam.
A Spanish-speaking diabetes educator is available. Videos and printed information in Spanish are also available.
A physician's referral is required by MHMC and for insurance coverage. Medicare requires a referral, as well. Most insurance providers cover the costs according to policy restrictions or limitations, and a co-pay may apply.
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
Houston, Texas 77024
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