Diabetes Education & Support
Get guidance to improve your health from Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center's Diabetes Self-Management and Education Program.
As a complex disease that impacts nearly 19 million Americans, diabetes requires daily self-management. From making the best food choices to staying physically active, managing diabetes includes a number of different elements. Individuals who have diabetes must also be able to regularly monitor their blood sugar and take prescribed medications as directed.
We understand that managing diabetes can be challenging. That's why we offer our Diabetes Self-Management and Education program for patients, whether they have recently been diagnosed, are supporting a loved one with diabetes or have been dealing with diabetes their whole life.
Live a Full and Healthy Life with Diabetes
Why is it so important for you to regularly manage your diabetes? If not properly monitored, your health could suffer. Mismanaged diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye disorders, kidney disease, nerve damage, and other issues. Partner with us to better understand your condition and how to effectively take care of your health, allowing you to live a full and healthy life regardless of your diabetes diagnosis.
We offer diabetes education through personal, one-on-one appointments and classes with our certified diabetes educator. Some of the key educational elements include:
- The importance of meal planning
- Making smart choices when dining out
- Achieving better results with medication
- Improving physical activity
- Social and psychological aspects of diabetes
- Taking control of the disease for a healthier life
- Having a full team (physician, nutritionist, diabetes educator, etc.
For Program information at Fort Washington Medical Center, please call 301-203-2952.
Pregnancy & Diabetes
If you have diabetes and become pregnant or develop diabetes during pregnancy, you and your baby can benefit from specialized education. You’ll learn about nutrition counseling and blood sugar management so you can have the healthiest possible pregnancy. Talk to your primary care provider or OB-GYN for more information.
Beyond Adventist HealthCare, here are some resources within the community to help you or your loved ones better understand the condition and live a healthier life:
Giant Food Health and Wellness Classes
Free cooking demonstrations, meal planning guides and other classes
Crossroads Community Food Network
Attend a local farmers market and get fresh produce
A local food bank for Montgomery County residents
Feed the Fridge
Restaurant-prepared meals stocked in various community center refrigerators throughout Washington, D.C.