Diabetes Management | Greene County

Diabetes Management

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you need diabetes management.  The Greene County Medical Center Diabetes Management staff can:

  • Give you the knowledge and skills to manage your diabetes
  • Provide ways to control blood sugars so you feel better
  • Help prevent or delay complications of diabetes, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease or amputation through managing blood sugars

Click the button below to take the prediabetes screening test and call Diabetes Management if your score shows you are at risk for prediabetes.

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Diabetes Management Classes

Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Class

For adult patients with the diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes.  Classes offered for: 

  • Type 1 
  • Type 2 
  • Gestational Diabetes

Classes include four 2-hour sessions in a 12-14 week period.  Additional sessions are offered based on individual needs.  Services may be self-referred or referred by a physician. 

Contact your insurance company to see if diabetes management services are covered under your insurance plan.

DSME Class Topics 

  •  What is diabetes? 
  • Coping with diabetes 
  • Insulin & oral medications 
  • Nutrition basics & meal planning 
  • Exercise benefits & precautions 
  • Self-blood glucose testing 
  • What to do when blood sugars are too high or too low 
  • Sick day management 
  • Preventing complications 
  • Stress management 
  • Lifestyle behavior changes 
  • Community resources

Annual Diabetes Review

  • For patients who have completed an initial training DSME class 
  • Up to 2 hours of education may be received per calendar year. 
  • Sessions based on assessed individual needs and physician referral

Insulin Pump Therapy and Continuous Glucose Monitoring Training

  • For patients who have been screened and met criteria for use 
  • Sessions for training based on individual needs and physician referral

Diabetes Management Support Groups

Diabetes Support Group

The Diabetes Support Group meets quarterly to discuss topics relevant to those with diabetes or those who have loved ones with diabetes.  Check our calendar to see when the next session will be held.

Insulin Support Group

The Insulin Support Group meets quarterly to discuss topics relevant to those with insulin pumps or those who have loved ones who use insulin pumps.  Check our calendar to see when the next session will be held.

Presentations by Diabetes Management Staff

Presentations by Diabetes Management staff are available for groups of 10 or more.

Diabetes Prevention Program

If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, the Diabetes Prevention Program can help you make changes to prevent developing type 2 diabetes.  

You may have prediabetes and be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds

With the Diabetes Prevention Program, you get:

  • A CDC-approved curriculum
  • The skills you need to lose weight, be more physically active and manage stress
  • A trained lifestyle coach to guide and encourage you
  • Support from other participants with the same goals as you
  • A year-long program with weekly meetings for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months

Call Diabetes Management to learn more about this program, including when the next session will be offered.

Better Choices, Better Health

Better Choices, Better Health is a free intervention program to help adults learn how to manage symptoms of chronic disease and improve their overall health. With mutual support from others, participants will form the skills needed for their particular condition to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Led by trained facilitators, these sessions are highly participative and help build the confidence to be active. 

The most common chronic diseases include arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke. In the United States, 1 out of every 2 people has at least one chronic disease, and chronic diseases account for 75% of the $2 trillion spent on health care each year.

During each Better Choices, Better Health session, a variety of topics will be covered, including:
• Healthy eating and nutrition tips
• Exercises to improve strength, flexibility and endurance
• Improve balance
• Quality of sleep
• Pain and fatigue management
• Communication skills

After the six-week course, participants will experience a positive change in their health, activity level and overall quality of life.

Please call Public Health at 515-386-3228 for more information on when the next course will be offered.