Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans with diabetes continues to grow. In the Morrilton area, almost 1 in 10 people have diabetes. Although diabetes is a serious health problem, with proper care individuals can learn to manage their diabetes and lead a full and active life. But first, the diabetic must learn monitor and keep their blood sugar in control.

What is Diabetes Self Management Education?

The Diabetes Self-Management Education program helps people change eating and exercise habits so they can better manage symptoms of diabetes. People with diabetes learn about the importance of exercise, proper nutrition, maintaining proper blood sugar levels and portion control.

A Team For You

The Diabetes Self-Management Education (DMSE) program consists of a diabetes-care team to educate and monitor diabetes patients. The diabetic care team includes a diabetes educator, registered dietitian, and a pharmacist and other health care individuals. The DSME provides an initial assessment, individual goal setting, classes on meal planning, treatment, glucose monitoring, psychological adjustment and coping. Individual assessments are three hours. The class meets three hours once a week for three weeks at the T.H. Hickey Outpatient Building on CHI St. Vincent Morrilton Campus, 4 Hospital Drive in Morrilton.

Group sessions will include:

  • What is Diabetes?
  • Nutrition, Meal Planning
  • Carbohydrates Counting
  • Diabetes Exchange List
  • Long Term Complications
  • Monitoring Your Diabetes
  • Oral Medication
  • All about Insulin
  • Physical Activity
  • Eating for a Healthy Heart
  • Stress & Coping