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Diabetes Education and Self-Management Support at the UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence

diabetes-education-ada-recognition.pngDiabetes Education Topics Include:

  • Healthy nutrition
  • Insulin pumps & continuous glucose monitors (CGM)
  • Diabetes medication
  • Preventing acute and chronic complications
  • Physical activity  

Benefits of Meeting with a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)

Diabetes education has been shown to lower A1C and blood glucose similar to medication but without side effects. As “life happens” and circumstances change, a CDCES is available to help create a plan to successfully self-manage your diabetes. They’ll assist with situational problem solving and offer emotional support.

Insurance Coverage

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover up to 10 hours of diabetes education the first year of diagnosis. Medicare also pays for two hours of annual follow-up visits. Commercial insurance offers similar benefits. Ask your insurance company about your specific coverage.

Mapping Your Plan to Better Blood Glucose Control 

Diabetes education workshops provide information, motivation and support.  Conversation Maps® cover many important aspects of daily life with diabetes.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish”

Contact us for details or to get started 

Ask your care team for a referral. For more information: cheryl.barry@umassmemorial.org or (508) 334-3206.