​Diabetes Institute

Knowledge is Power

At the UPMC Hamot Diabetes Institute, we believe that knowledge is power.

We provide you with all of the education, resources, and products to help you stay healthy. Because the more you know, the better you will be able to manage your diabetes.

Our Experts

Our staff includes registered nurses and registered dietitians who are certified diabetes educators.

Diabetes Education

The Diabetes Institute is recognized by the American Diabetes Association — the gold standard in meeting the requirements of diabetes self-management education.

Classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening and on weekends for the convenience of our patients. We offer both group and individual education sessions.

The following programs require a physician order.

Diabetes Self-Management

This group course is designed to cover all aspects of diabetes self-management. Learn about meal planning, physical activity, glucose monitoring, medicines, dining out, and coping with stress and sick days. Based on American Diabetes Association content guidelines.

One-on-One Diabetes Instruction

Some patients learn best in a one-on-one setting. Individual counseling sessions may cover:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Beginning insulin
  • Intensive insulin training
  • Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)
  • Prediabetes teaching
  • Insulin pump management
  • Specific follow-up visits

Refresher Class

All aspects of diabetes self-managment are covered in this class, which is intended for patients who have already completed the diabetes education series and need additional education.

Nutrition Counseling/Medical Nutrition Counseling (MNT)

A one-on-one counseling session with a registered dietitian may be scheduled to discuss a variety of diagnoses or healthy eating needs.

Gestational Diabetes Class

This class provides an overview of gestational diabetes, how it is treated, and explains blood sugar monitoring.

Additional classes include:

  • Insulin administration and medications
  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Behavior modification and stress management
  • Foot and eye care
  • Monitoring and patterning of blood glucose

Please contact your insurance company to confirm coverage of services prior to registering. If you have questions about our services please call us at 814-877-2123.

​Contact Us

Diabetes Institute

UPMC Hamot
Sterling Square
3330 Peach St., Lower Level
Erie, PA 16508

Phone: 814-877-2123


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