Diabetes Self-Management Program

Managing your diabetes can be a lot to handle. There's so much to learn and many lifestyle adjustments to make. Whether you've just been diagnosed with diabetes or have had diabetes for a long time, the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital can support you in managing your diabetes.

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is designed to enhance the skills of those with diabetes in an effort to achieve successful health-related outcomes. The program offers comprehensive, high-quality, multidisciplinary diabetes education to people with Type 1, Type 2, Gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and secondary forms of diabetes.

Diabetes graphicAs part of the program, a Certified Diabetes Educator will assess your individual needs and provide you with practical solutions. Education may be provided by meeting with instructors one-on-one or in a class setting. The goal of this program is to make sure you know what to do to stay healthy and reduce the risk of serious complications associated with diabetes such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage."

The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as providing high quality diabetes education.

Participants learn about:

  • Diabetes disease process
  • Nutritional management
  • Physical activity
  • Medications
  • Monitoring
  • Personal health habits/sick day management
  • Prevention, detection, and treatment of acute and chronic complications
  • Goal setting
  • Problem solving
  • Psychosocial adjustment to diabetes

How do you enroll

A physician’s order or referral is required to enroll in the program. The order may be faxed to St. Elizabeth's at 618-641-5828. After receiving the physician’s order, call St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s Diabetic Program at 618-234-2120, ext. 5498, to make your initial appointment with the program educator for assessment.

At the initial assessment, the educator will offer you times and dates for future classes. Classes are two hours in length and offered weekly. Class times alternate monthly between morning, afternoon and evening classes.

Diabetes Support Group

St. Elizabeth's free Diabetes Support Group offers support, education and encouragement for adults with diabetes. The group, led by St. Elizabeth's Registered Dietician and Pharmacy Director, offers a variety of speakers and diabetes related topics, as well as two exercise sessions each week. Those who participate in the Diabetes Support Group also have access to our Cardiac Gym for free.

How do you get involved?

To attend a meeting, or learn more call St. Elizabeth's Outpatient Nutrition Counseling at 618.641.5498.