Diabetes Education

Valley West Hospital Diabetes Education

Diabetes Education

Life with diabetes can be challenging and sometimes you may need education or a little motivation to get or stay on track. Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital’s certified diabetes educators can help. Our diabetes education programs have been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association®. These programs receive rigorous and thorough reviews to meet the criteria of the national standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. Education is offered for Type 1 or 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes and Pre-diabetes on an individual basis or in a group setting. Topics covered include:

  • Diabetes overview and standards of care
  • Nutrition strategies for blood sugar control
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Medications
  • Insulin pump starts and training
  • Managing high/low blood sugars
  • Preventing complications
  • Heart health
  • Physical activity, stress management
  • Sick day guidelines
  • Goal setting
  • Weight management

Most insurances cover diabetes education.

Medicare patients are eligible for 10 hours of Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSMT) and 3 hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in their first year of education. Medicare will then cover 2 hours of DSMT and 2 hours of MNT each calendar year after initial education.

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Diabetes Education Program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge of awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management.

For more information, please call 815.786.3684.