Texas Health Diabetes Education Centers are open to adults with Type 1, Type 2, gestational or pre-diabetes. A multidisciplinary team of diabetes educators, registered nurses and registered dietitians assist patients in developing management skills to enhance their lifestyle by offering education to help them better understand and manage diabetes.

Services provided include:

  • Group and individual counseling for Type 1, Type 2, gestational or pre-diabetes
  • Instruction in blood sugar monitoring and managing medications
  • Personalized nutritional counseling to fit different tastes and lifestyles
  • Education on how to detect and prevent diabetes-related complications
  • Exercise, stress management and behavioral education
  • Monthly support group meetings for patients and their families

Program Structure

Each new patient receives an initial assessment with a licensed diabetes educator, where they are given a foot exam, a glucometer, and blood sugar monitoring guidelines, along with an assessment of educational needs. Patients then enter a class series offered in a group or one-on-one setting. Classes are offered in both afternoon and evening sessions to best meet patients' scheduling needs.

Class topics include:

  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Physical activity
  • Managing medications
  • Self-monitoring blood sugar
  • Insulin instruction
  • Behavioral changes
  • Stress management
  • Healthy coping
  • Reducing risks
  • Problem-solving
  • Acute and chronic complications
  • Sick days
  • Pathophysiology
  • Alcohol guidelines

Another consultation is offered at class completion to assess results and set goals to incorporate program elements into daily life.

For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, please call one of our Diabetes Education Centers.

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