Our Adult Diabetes Education Program

The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) offers an extensive self-management education program covering a wide variety of topics.  Our program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.  It's designed to provide information, motivation and support.   Conversation Maps® are used to help people make lifestyle changes such as nutrition, taking medication, staying physically active, plus other aspects of living with diabetes. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

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Available Diabetes Workshops

  • Diabetes 101: The Art of Managing Diabetes

The perfect place to start if you have recently been diagnosed or have never met with a diabetes educator.  If it has been a while since you have received diabetes education, these introductory workshops are a great refresher.

  • Basic Carbohydrate Counting

Learn the types and amount of food to help best manage your diabetes. This workshop covers label reading, tools for carb counting, and examples to help you plan consistent carbohydrate meals.  It will help you make educated healthy eating choices in a variety of settings.

  • Advanced Carbohydrate Counting

Gain flexibility in the amount of carbohydrates you eat, without a negative effect on your blood glucose control.  We will help you match insulin doses to carb intake and blood glucose levels.  This workshop will allow you to get the most out of your carb ratios and sensitivity factors. 

  • Heart Healthy Meal Planning

Changing what & how much you eat can make a big difference in your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  This workshop will help you identify good vs bad fats, cholesterol, salt, and more.

  • “Insulin Pumping….Is it Right For You?"

Intended for people who inject insulin several times a day and are interested in learning about insulin pump therapy, to replace multiple daily shots.  Determine if you are a candidate for our pumping program.

Contact us for details or to get started 

For more information about the Adult Diabetes Education Program at the UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence, email: cheryl.barry@umassmemorial.org or call (508) 334-3206. 

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