Diabetes Education and Support
Doylestown Health Diabetes Services offers an extensive list of educational programs recognized by the American Diabetes Association throughout the year, including Diabetes Education classes, Pre-Diabetes classes and support groups.
Diabetes Education Classes
Each Diabetes Education class consists of five, two-hour classes. The sessions are offered during the day from Noon to 2 pm, and again in the evening from 6 to 8 pm. Registration is required. There is a fee, which is billed to your insurance. Our certified diabetes educators cover a variety of topics, including:
- Diagnostic criteria
- Self-management skills
- Causes of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia and treatment
- Meal planning including a personalized meal plan and buffet dinner
- Pharmacy lecture
- Risk factors for complications and strategies to avoid complications
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Pre-Diabetes classes are appropriate for the person who has not yet been officially diagnosed with diabetes, but has a fasting glucose of 100 to 125. In this two-part class, topics include physical activity, promoting weight loss, meal planning, and blood glucose monitoring. The second class reviews meal plans, food labels, shopping for and preparing healthy meals. The second class is optional; however, you must take the first class before taking the second class. Registration is required. The fee is $40 for the complete program, or $20 for class 1 only.
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Doylestown Health Diabetes Services offers Adult Diabetes and Insulin Pump support groups for both patients and family members who are living with diabetes or using an insulin pump. If you are interested in joining a support group, please call Diabetes Services at 215.345.2168.
- Diabetes Support Group meets monthly except June, July and August.
- Insulin Pump Support Group meets every other month, except July and August.
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Diabetes Education Appointments
Individual, one-hour appointments are available for instruction on glucose monitor use, insulin or other injectable administration, gestational diabetes, and insulin pump initiation. There is a fee associated with the appointment, which is billed to insurance. Insulin pump instruction generally requires multiple visits.
Inpatient Diabetes Education
For inpatients at Doylestown Hospital, a diabetes consult can be ordered by a nurse or physician. Consults are individualized, and experts advise the patient or their family members on home glucose monitoring techniques, insulin administration, and signs and symptoms of hyper- and hypoglycemia.