The Center for Diabetes Education and Self-Management at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is recognized by the American Diabetes Association, the largest and most widely known organization in the field of diabetes. Recognition by the ADA identifies quality diabetes education programs that meet the national standards, which are set by the ADA.
Diabetes Educators at our center are licensed professionals dedicated to improving the lives of those with diabetes. They specialize in helping patients understand and manage their diabetes.
Our outpatient program is a comprehensive program open to adults with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes. An individual may be enrolled in our program once a physician referral form is received at our center. A physician's order is necessary for us to begin the enrollment process.
The entire education program includes one hour of education on an individual basis with a diabetes educator, and 7 1/2 hours of education in a group setting. Our group classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. Each group class will consist of two to 20 individuals. A family member is always welcome and encouraged to attend. Upon completion of the entire program, a three-month group follow-up appointment will be set to check the patient's progress.
After the education is completed, each participant will have received instruction on the following areas of diabetes self-management:
- Diabetes overview
- Stress and psychological adjustment
- Family involvement, social support and community involvement
- Nutrition, exercise and activity
- Self-monitoring of blood glucose and the use of results
- Relationship among nutrition, exercise, medication and blood glucose levels
- Prevention, detection and treatment of acute and chronic complications
- Foot, skin and dental care
- Behavior change strategies, goal setting, risk factor reduction and problem solving
- Preconception care, pregnancy and gestational diabetes (if applicable)
Once a patient completes the program, a letter of completion will be sent to each physician. Patients are encouraged to follow up regularly with their physician for medical management.
If you have recently attended a diabetes program and need a specific area of education, your physician may refer you for that specific area. For more information, call 817-960-6025.
Outpatient nutritional counseling for non-diabetic patients is also available. Call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) for more information. Click the button below to Ask A Diabetes Educator a question. You will receive an email response within a few days.
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Center for Diabetes Education
810 West Randol Mill Rd.
Arlington, TX 76012