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Diabetes Education Program

The Diabetes Education Program at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center provides comprehensive education and training by Certified Diabetes Educators to help patients learn and manage all aspects of diabetes care and prevent complications.

Diabetes Program Topics

American Association of Diabetes Educators AccreditedTopics covered through the program include:

  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Preventing short and long-term complications
  • Medication information
  • Healthy nutrition
  • Risk reduction
  • Exercise information
  • Goal setting, handling feelings, problem solving

Individualized Plans of Care

Specially trained experts help develop individualized plans of care with participants, their family and primary care physicians. All national standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education are followed.

Diabetes Resources

Classes & Events

Prediabetes Class (2 Class Series)
Gain expert tips on carb counting, how to create a food log, and exercise. You will learn how to manage prediabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes in this 2-class series.

Diabetes Education Outpatient Program
Are you newly diagnosed with diabetes? Do you have questions about managing your diabetes? Let our team of diabetes experts help you or your loved ones learn how to manage diabetes and prevent complications!

Diabetes Self-Management Program
Our six-week Diabetes Self-Management Program is offered FREE to community members living with diabetes or taking care of someone living with diabetes.

Nutrition Counseling at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center
Our Nutrition Counseling at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center offers an individual consultation with a registered dietician for all your nutrition needs including but not limited to: Weight Loss, Heart Disease, Diabetic Diet, Gestational Diabetes, and Gastro-intestinal Disorders.

Nutrition Counseling at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital
Individual appointments and group sessions with a registered dietitian for management of high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, diabetes and pre-diabetes, digestive problems, food allergies, and other diagnoses.

Diabetes Support Group
Our Diabetes Support Group offers FREE of charge group sessions open to anyone with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Blog & Library

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Online Health Library

Diabetes is caused by a problem in the way your body makes or uses insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar. Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin, or both.

Diabetes is a lifelong disease and people with diabetes have high blood sugar. This is because:

  • Their pancreas does not make enough insulin
  • Their muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond to insulin normally
  • Both of the above

Additional Details

Diabetes Education Class

Classes are held at both Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. Group classes are held for 3 sessions, 3 hours each session. Before the first class, participants will schedule a one-on-one visit with an educator for an introductory session. View Upcoming Dates & Times

PLEASE NOTE: Individual sessions and Insulin instruction are available if needed. Please contact us for details.

Pregnancy & Diabetes

Women who have diabetes while pregnant have special needs. A diabetes educator conducts this program providing information on proper nutrition and blood glucose control for pregnant women.

Insurance Coverage

  • Medicare Part B covers 80% of the approved cost for 10 hours of the program (9 in a group setting, 1 individual.)
  • For other insurers (Blue Cross, Aetna, United, etc.) please check with your health insurance provider to see if your benefits cover Diabetes Education services. We can assist you with this process.
  • All patients must have a referral before starting classes or coming for their individual session. We can obtain this on your behalf, or if you plan to get this from your doctor, please contact us so that we can provide you with the correct form.

Adventist HealthCare Diabetes Education Program

Convenient Service Location(s)

Classes & Events

Find health-related activities near you!

  • Nov
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Our Diabetes Support Group provides emotional support and resources to help those living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
  • Nov
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Our Diabetes Support Group provides emotional support and resources to help those living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
  • Nov
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Join us for our FREE cooking classes to learn how different foods affect your body and which ingredients can help best support your health

Did You Know?

Research studies have found that moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among adults at high-risk of diabetes.