Learning to Live Well with Diabetes
The Diabetes Self Management Education Program at Baystate Medical Centers is designed to help adult patients and their families learn to manage their diabetes with confidence. The goal of the Diabetes Education Program at Baystate Medical Center is to teach people how to live a full and productive life with this chronic condition. When you enroll in the program, you will meet with a certified diabetes educator and together, you will develop a personalized education and management program.
A written health care provider referral is required. Some insurance carriers require prior approval for consultations. Participants should contact their insurer if they have any questions.
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As a member of our program, you will have access to the following diabetes educational offerings and medical support:
- Learn the basic facts about diabetes and the relationship between nutrition, exercise, medications and blood glucose levels
- Nutrition, exercise and medication counseling
- Blood glucose monitoring and ketone testing
- Treatment of acute and chronic diabetes complications
- Training in the use of an insulin pump
- Behavior change and goal setting strategies
- Access to group and individual support groups and classes
- Learn the importance of good foot, skin and dental care
- Stress management techniques
- Access to Baystate's health care system and other community resources
- Health information and counseling concerning diabetes in pregnancy and gestational diabetes
The Baystate Medical Center Division of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism in Springfield was cited for its excellence by US News & World Report when it named BMC one of the 100 Best Hospitals. The Diabetes Self Management Education Program at BMC was the first in Western Massachusetts to be accredited by the American Diabetes Association.