Center for Diabetes & Nutrition
More than 25 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and millions more may be at risk or undiagnosed. Learning about this complex disorder and how to live with it can be overwhelming, which is why the Center for Diabetes & Nutrition Education at West Suburban Medical Center offers programs to educate and assist those who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or are currently managing the disorder.
Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is a critical element of care for all people with diabetes and is necessary in order to improve your health. To assist you in DSME we have met the National Standards from the American Diabetes Association and; therefore, are an American Diabetes Association recognized program.
A Team Approach
The program is staffed by dietitians and nurse certified diabetes educators to help individuals living with diabetes make sense of this complex disease. We use curriculum developed by the American Association of Diabetes Educators in a caring and professional environment.
Education is Important
Understanding diabetes is important to effectively manage the disease. That's why the certified diabetes educators provide education on this condition, ranging from diets and daily care to medications and exercise. The Center provides two education options, including individualized treatment and a group education program.
Individual sessions cover monitoring and managing blood sugar patterns through diet, exercise, stress management and medication. Participants are also taught skills for minimizing the risk of complications from diabetes.
Learn about the Living with Diabetes Program