Diabetes Self-Management Education
- Structure and length: The number and length of sessions in the program vary from location to location. Some locations offer one-to-one while others have group sessions. At most locations, each session is about two hours long.
- Physician referral: To enroll in Diabetes Self-Management Education, you need to obtain a physician referral. Talk with your doctor or contact your local UPMC Center for Diabetes Education and Support for assistance.
- Insurance: While most insurance companies cover self-management sessions, please contact your insurance company to confirm coverage of services before enrolling.
Additional Support Services
Additional services available at many UPMC Centers for Diabetes Education and Support include:
||Meet with a diabetes educator, a nurse, a dietitian, or pharmacist to discuss issues or concerns about managing your diabetes.
||Meet one-to-one with a registered dietitian to discuss healthy eating habits, meal planning, and carbohydrate counting. Our dietitians will also help you develop a diabetes meal plan that's right for you.
|Insulin Pump Training:
||Receive detailed instructions on how to use and operate an insulin pump. This service is available at select locations. Contact your local UPMC Center for Diabetes Education and Support for more information.
|Diabetes Support Group:
||Interact with others — just like you — who live with diabetes. Diabetes support groups are free and offered at most UPMC Centers for Diabetes Education and Support.
Other Events and Classes
UPMC Centers for Diabetes Education and Support offer a spectrum of educational classes and events for people with diabetes.