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.
To enroll in the program, you need to obtain a doctor referral. Talk with your doctor or contact your local UPMC Center for Diabetes Education and Support for help.
While most insurance plans cover self-management sessions, please contact your insurance company to confirm coverage of services before enrolling.
You can find diabetes classes, support groups, and other events such as:
|Service||Description||Need Doctor Referral?|
|One-to-one Counseling||Meet with a diabetes educator, a nurse, a dietitian, or pharmacist to discuss issues or concerns about managing your diabetes.||Yes|
|Nutrition Counseling||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.||Yes|
|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.||Yes|
|Diabetes Support Groups||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.||No|
UPMC Centers for Diabetes Education and Support offer a spectrum of educational classes and events for people with diabetes.
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