Individual assessments and group classes for people and their families
who live with diabetes are available through our outpatient Diabetes Program.
We follow the International Diabetes Center's curriculum which provides
easy-to-understand information, and covers the standards of care. The
BASICS program and our staff put you first by focusing on need-to-know
information and skills that guide you to successful diabetes self-management.
Participants who have completed the BASICS program have reduced their
A1C blood test values (the gold standard 3-month glucose level) to less
than 7% more than 90% of the time.
BASICS classes start weekly. You will need a referral from your physician
to begin this program. Click on the
Physician Referral Form, print out, and bring to discuss with your physician. If you already have
an appointment, please click on the
Health Survey Form, print out, and bring it to your appointment along with your insurance
cards, your glucose monitor (if you have one) and any medications you
take. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early to allow for parking.
Many health plans cover diabetes education, so it's best to call to
find out your coverage.
The BASICS Program is a comprehensive approach at teaching everything
you need to live successfully with diabetes:
- An individualized diet plan, carbohydrate counting, general nutrition principals,
tips on eating out and how to handle alcohol
- Blood glucose monitoring, figuring out glucose patterns, when to call the doctor
- Exercise, medications
- Blood pressure and cholesterol control
- Dealing with stress, staying out of the hospital, and foot/eye/dental care