The Swedish Diabetes Education Center now offers a virtual Diabetes “Steps” class through the Zoom platform instead of in-person classes. This change allows our patients to continue to focus on improving their diabetes self-management, without needing to leave the safety and comfort of their own homes. Please call 206-215-2440 for more information and to register.
The classes are informative, interactive and beneficial for anyone with Type 2 diabetes. They are ideal for those who are recently diagnosed with diabetes, as well as for someone who has had it for a while and needs a refresher. They are designed to empower people with diabetes with the skills and knowledge to self-manage their condition and improve their quality of life.
All classes are taught in English; interpreters are available for individual sessions.
You will need a referral from your physician that includes clinical information about your diabetes; this will help us in billing your insurance company. Ask your physician to fax in a referral or send it electronically.
An experienced teaching team
The diabetes program at the Swedish Bariatric, Metabolic and Endocrine Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. All providers are either Registered Nurses (RN) or Registered Dietitians (RD) who are Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, formerly called Certified Diabetes Educators.
Medicare typically pays for diabetes classes, but they may not cover individual appointments. Private insurance companies vary in coverage, but almost all will cover classes for diabetes education. We encourage patients to verify insurance coverage prior to signing up for the classes.
This class series provides an introduction and overview of diabetes self-management. In addition to the topics taught in each class, participants will practice identifying blood-glucose patterns and set individual self-management goals.
For more information, as well as the dates and times of the upcoming classes, call the Diabetes Education Center: 206-215-2440.
Steps class series content overview
The class content follows the educational standards of the American Diabetes Association. Topics addressed include:
- An overview of the body’s changes with the diagnosis of diabetes
- Review of blood glucose monitoring and knowing what the numbers mean
- Medications (if necessary) for diabetes – an overview, potential side effects and considerations
- Nutrition principles for diabetes management, including:
- The effect of different foods on blood glucose, and how to use this information in planning healthy meals and snacks
- Portion control and carbohydrate counting
- Increasing fiber
- Eating out, grocery shopping, and label reading
- Heart healthy nutrition
- How to properly identify and treat high or low blood glucose levels
- Sick day management
- Approaches for long-term health maintenance
- Ways to set realistic goals, and how to stay on track when life gets in the way
- Problem solving and healthy coping skills
- Additional resources and support for long-term success
Introduction to insulin pumps
A one-hour session with a diabetes educator that introduces an interested patient to the features of insulin pump therapy. Information and materials are provided for the patient who is deciding whether insulin-pump therapy is right for them.
Insulin pump start
A series of sessions that teaches the patient how use an insulin pump and how to manage diabetes using a pump.
Insulin pump assessment
This session a diabetes educator will evaluate the participant’s current pump practices and settings. Updates on the latest insulin pump advancements will be provided. This is recommended at least yearly for all insulin pump users.
Continuous glucose monitoring (sensor): personal
This session will help the participant that is interested in obtaining a glucose monitor learn what the options are and assist in the process to obtain one. Another session will be scheduled to learn how to use a sensor when it is obtained.
Continuous glucose monitoring (sensor): professional
Two sessions that a physician would advise to get a more intensive look at blood glucose values:
- First session: Sensor is applied and instructions are given on its use
- Second session: Information is downloaded and reviewed
A session with the nutrition educator. Besides diabetes a nutrition educator can help you with weight loss, bowel problems and cholesterol and salt management. If you feel this would be beneficial to you ask your physician to see a nutrition educator. They are located in Ballard, First Hill, Issaquah and Edmonds. Ask your insurance provider about coverage for medical nutrition therapy.