Diabetes Classes

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death among Americans, and the fifth leading cause of death from disease. Although it may be under-reported as a condition leading to or causing death, each year, more than 200,000 deaths are reported as being caused by diabetes or its complications.

Complications of diabetes include:

  • Eye problems and blindness
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney problems
  • Neurological problems
  • Amputation
  • Impotence

Because diabetes is a chronic, incurable disease that affects nearly every part of the body, a person must be under the care of a physician throughout his or her life.

Education is critical to managing diabetes. Our Diabetes Center offers a wide range of diabetes education and outpatient support services that help people manage their diabetes and live healthier lives.

Diabetes classes are taught by certified diabetes educators and emphasize self-management of diet, blood glucose monitoring, medications, exercise, foot care and other key aspects of diabetes management and treatment. You may also arrange private diabetes management consultations with one of our certified diabetes educators as recommended by your physician.

Type 2 Diabetes Class

Accredited by the American Diabetes Association, this program is an evidence-based, eight-hour self-management training explaining how diabetes develops, how to deal with immediate complications, how to monitor blood sugar, how diabetes medications work, how to eat optimally to prevent immediate and long-term complications, and how activity affects blood sugar. Participants learn to identify potential sources of stress and at least one method of managing stress. The class includes individualized meal plans and general exercise guidelines for optimum diabetes control.

Diabetes Prevention Class

This one-hour class provides an overview of all levels of glucose intolerance and how best to manage this through meal planning, exercise and weight management, with the goal of preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes Class

This two-hour class is designed specifically for women who have diabetes during pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, which affects 4% of all pregnancies in the U.S. Participants are screened by their doctor and referred to St.Vincent Diabetes Center right away so that blood sugar levels can be normalized as soon as possible. The class is taught by a nurse and dietitian who are certified diabetes educators. Women learn how to manage their meal planning, how to monitor blood sugar and ketones and establish exercise guidelines, if permitted.

Information on pregnancy care for patients with gestational diabetes is available at our Women's Hospital site.

Individual Sessions

Individual sessions are arranged for the following:

  • Adults and children with type 1 diabetes
  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Individuals with hypoglycemia unrelated to diabetes
  • Anyone who has special learning needs

A physician referral is required for all diabetes classes.

Additional Education Opportunities

At St.Vincent we offer a number of classes, events and services all designed to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. At our facilities, you will find dedicated professionals who are here to help you meet your health goals, from losing weight or increasing physical activity to helping your family eat right and preventing and managing disease. Learn more on our site about our community connections programs or call (317) 338-CARE (2273).

Download the Order Form for Diabetes Education (pdf)