Diabetes Education

When you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with diabetes it can be an overwhelming experience. There is a lot of information to learn about the disease and how to deal with changes to your lifestyle. Maria Parham’s outpatient adult Diabetes Education Program is aimed at guiding adult community members with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to live healthy and productive lifestyles. Our program is certified by the American Diabetes Association and has helped hundreds of Vance County and surrounding area residents living with diabetes.  The program is taught by Masters-prepared staff with additional certification in diabetes education.

How our Diabetes Education Program Works:

Following your physician referral, the program begins with an individual visit with our Registered Dietitian (RD). A RD is a key member of your diabetes care team. These nutrition experts can lead you on a path to a nutritious diabetes diet, create a personalized meal plan, teach you how to interpret food labels, and help you monitor your blood sugar levels. Our Registered Dietitian will complete a personalized assessment to determine your educational needs and develop a custom meal plan during your initial visit.

After your meeting with the Registered Dietitian, you will be scheduled for 2 group classes which will cover the following topics:
  • General facts of diabetes   
  • Nutrition   
  • High and low blood sugar levels    
  • Diabetes resources   
  • Exercise   
  • Medication   
  • Complications of diabetes   
  • Goal setting and problem solving   
  • Behavioral change

Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy Education Programs

Gestational diabetes occurs when your blood sugar level is elevated during pregnancy. This condition usually affects women between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. How you treat this condition is important to the health of you and your baby. At Maria Parham, we offer a gestational diabetes education program as well as a program to help women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes when they become pregnant.

How our Diabetes Pregnancy Education Program Works:

This program is taught individually in one session. You will meet with our staff for an educational assessment. Our Registered Dietitian will provide nutrition counseling and develop a healthy meal plan. You then meet with a registered nurse for more information to gain a better understand of your condition. They will review critical information of gestational diabetes or diabetes pregnancy including:  
  • General facts of diabetes   
  • Nutrition   
  • High and low blood sugar levels    
  • Diabetes resources   
  • Exercise   
  • Medication   
  • Complications of diabetes   
  • Goal setting and problem solving   
  • Behavioral change

For more information about our Diabetes Education Programs, please call:  (252) 436-1129

Cynthia Britton RN, AAS, BSAS, MEd, CDE