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 of diabetes include:
- Eye problems and blindness
- Heart disease
- Kidney problems
- Neurological problems
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
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 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
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 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)