Helping you understand diabetes

Diabetes Education Program

Mercy Health - Diabetes Education program is designed to empower and help you manage your diabetes by teaching the skills needed to keep blood glucose levels in target ranges. Individualized plans are based on the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) standards of care. 
One-to-one and group education sessions are available. Classes focus on general disease overview, medication information, nutrition and meal planning, exercise, blood glucose monitoring and goal setting. Our supportive team will provide management skills and motivational strategies to promote healthy life changes and prevent complications associated with diabetes.

Education available for:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gestantional diabetes
  • Prediabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome

Our program offers:

  • General Disease Overview
  • Information on Medications
  • Nutrition and Meal Planning
  • Exercise Information
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Goal Setting
  • Meal planning (medical nutritional therapy)

The Mercy Health – Diabetes Education Self-Management Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. The ADA Education Recognition assures that approved programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professional who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.

How it Works?

Once your physician has sent us a referral form requesting that you begin comprehensive diabetes education, we will contact you and schedule the initial appointment.
The first appointment will be approximately one hour long. You'll meet with a registered nurse to assess your educational needs and then be scheduled to meet with the dietician who will provide an individualized meal plan. Goals will be set with you regarding your lifestyle modifications.

After the initial appointment, you will be scheduled in our group classes. These are held every Wednesday at either Mercy Health -St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy Health - St. Charles Hospital or Mercy Health - St. Anne Hospital. The site rotates each month. These classes consist of 4 sessions and are 2 hours in length. You will learn more about diabetes nutrition, potential complications and problem-solving.

Program Cost

Medicare and most health insurance providers cover the cost of the diabetes education program. We will verify your coverage prior to starting your education. If you do not have insurance coverage and cannot afford the services, please contact the diabetes education staff to discuss other options.