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Certified Diabetes Education offered at BMLH

March 25, 2011

An important tool in the treatment of diabetes is education. Whether someone has been recently diagnosed with diabetes or has had it for a long time, they may still have questions. 

To address the community’s needs, experienced Certified Diabetes Educators from the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Baystate Medical Center are now providing outpatient counseling services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.  Their program has been certified by the American Diabetes Association.

Comprehensive diabetes education includes counseling patients on how to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their lives. Diabetes educators also teach them how to monitor their blood glucose levels to avoid the risk of complications; give them tools to problem solve and to adjust emotionally to their condition; and advise patients about oral medications, insulin therapy and insulin pumps.

The diabetes education program is available to adults with diabetes who are age 18 and older, and to pregnant women with gestational diabetes.  Individual consultations are offered in the Baystate Medical Practice - Quabbin Adult Medicine office, located at the hospital.  

A written referral from a patient’s primary care provider is required to receive diabetes education; these services are covered by most insurances. To schedule an appointment to meet with a Certified Diabetic Educator in Ware, call Access Services at 413-794-2222.