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Diabetes Management Program

American Diabetes Association LogoThe Diabetes Management Program at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital can help meet the challenge of successfully living with diabetes. Taking responsibility for the day-to-day management of diabetes is a challenge. That's why it is important to have the practical skills, information, guidance and support needed to control diabetes.

The program is devoted to helping people with diabetes meet the challenge of living successfully with this chronic disease.

Our program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and meets national standards for diabetes patient education. Our program is led by a coordinator/nurse educator that is a certified Diabetes Educator and a Registered Dietitian.

Instruction is available in every language. Please call (713) 456-5150 to find out more information on special accommodations.

Self-Management Training

Self-management training programs are offered in group sessions. Topics covered include:

  • Food - individual eating plan, carbohydrate and fat control, quick and healthy cooking, eating out, label reading
  • Exercise - why, how, when, what kind
  • Medications - what they are and what they do
  • Monitoring blood glucose - meters and pattern management
  • Complications - how to delay and/or prevent them
  • Living with Diabetes - feelings, family and friends
  • Behavior change  - strategies and plans for change

Class Information

A referral from your physician is necessary. Please click here to download a referral form to bring to your physician. The referring physician will be sent progress reports during the patient's participation in the program.

If insurance is to reimburse for the service, necessary insurance authorization must be obtained prior to the appointment.

Times and Location

Classes on Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes are offered once a week. For added convenience, evening and weekend classes are also available. The classes are held at the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute - Southwest.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to class for check-in. Please have a photo ID and insurance card available.

Diabetes can be controlled through individual follow-up visits. Call (713) 456-5150 to schedule an appointment or for more information on individual training.

Directions

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital

7600 Beechnut
Houston, Texas 77074
(713) 456-5000