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Diabetes education in Wichita

Why diabetes self-management education?

The best diabetes outcomes occur when you work with a diabetes team. Your doctor is a very important member of your team for medical decisions, but usually only sees you one to five hours a year. You live with diabetes 8,760 hours a year — making up to three or five decisions every hour that can affect your diabetes outcomes.

Diabetes self-management education classes act as your coach to share effective strategies that will help you manage your condition. Additionally, research has shown that these classes help save you healthcare dollars over the years.

Who can attend the classes?

Any person with diabetes may attend classes. If you are newly diagnosed, have had diabetes for years or even attended diabetes class in the past, you will benefit. For no extra cost, you may bring a supportive spouse, relative or friend.

Why group classes?

Our small-group setting allows you to share your difficulties and successes with others that live with the same daily trials and concerns.

At the same time, we work with each attendee to assess your individual challenges and needs, and guide you in developing a routine that fits your daily schedule and food preferences.

What topics are covered?

Topics covered include: 

  • Diabetes disease process
  • Healthy eating
  • Being active
  • Monitoring blood glucose and interpreting results
  • Medications
  • Problem-solving
  • Healthy coping, stress and depression
  • Reducing risks
  • Illness management
  • Goal setting

Will insurance cover the cost of classes?

Nearly all insurances pay for classes like this that are accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Depending on your benefit plan, there may be an individual co-pay involved.

Some insurances, and even employers, are recommending attendance as part of their wellness plans. Medicare does have some restrictions if they have already paid for a similar class in the past.

When and where are the classes held?

You have two options:

A two-day comprehensive class for Type 2 diabetes is held from 8 am-5 pm on Monday and Thursday at Ascension Medical Group, 3311 E. Murdock, in Wichita.

We also hold a one-day course once a month for patients age 13 and older with Type 1 diabetes.

How do I register?

Tell the healthcare provider who oversees the care of your diabetes that you want to attend this class. Ascension Medical Group will fax a referral form to this provider that they will need to sign and fax back.

Call 316-274-8989 to reserve class dates. Please complete the questionnaire you will receive in the mail and bring it to the first class along with your glucose meter, if you have one. If you don't have a meter, one will be provided at no charge to you.