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Diabetes Education and Self-Management Support


Our diabetes education program covers a wide variety of topics including nutrition, insulin pumps & continuous glucose monitors, diabetic medication, preventing complications, physical activity and more. The Diabetes Center of Excellence is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. 

The Many Benefits of Diabetes Education 

Learn what to expect from our diabetes education program.   

Diabetes Management Resources & Tools

These videos and informational resources cover a wide variety of self-management topics for all people living with diabetes and their families.

Mapping Your Plan to Blood Glucose Control 

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

Insurance coverage for diabetes education

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover up to 10 hours of diabetes education the first year of diagnosis. Medicare also pays for 2 hours of annual follow-up. Commercial insurance offer similar benefits. Ask your insurance provider about your specific diabetic coverage.


Diabetes 101: The Art of Managing Diabetes

This introductory workshop is ideal if you've recently been diagnosed or have never met with a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). 

Basic Carbohydrate Counting

Nutrition label reading and carb counting tools to help you plan consistent carbohydrate meals. Learn how to make educated diabetic 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 blood glucose control. Learn to match insulin doses to carb intake and blood sugar levels. This workshop will help you maximize carb ratios and sensitivity factors. 

Heart Healthy Meal Planning

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

Contact us for details or to get started 

These monthly workshops are offered at the Ambulatory Care Center on the University Campus of UMass Memorial Health. Ask your care team for a referral. For more information: or (508) 334-3206.