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Diabetes Education, Management & Support

Over 20 million Americans have diabetes, but one out of three doesn’t know it. Diabetes is a silent disease. By the time it is diagnosed, damage to arteries, eyes, nerves and kidneys may have been going on for years. Through education and counseling, Sarasota Memorial can help you design a self-care program that can decrease your risk of developing complications related to diabetes. We offer the following programs:

Up to 10 hours of adult Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME)

  • Diabetes disease process and treatment options
  • Lifestyle modifications, including nutrition and physical activity
  • Safe use of medications
  • Home blood glucose testing and interpretation of results
  • Prevention, detection and treatment of acute and chronic complications
  • Personal strategies to address psychosocial issues and promote health and behavioral changes
  • Assessment & training with a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator (includes glucometer training and insulin or insulin pump education) 

American Diabetes AssociationMedical Nutrition Therapy

  • Diet assessment and development of a personalized meal plan with guidance from a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Annual follow-up diabetes self-management education

Gestational Diabetes Education for Pregnant Women

  • Blood sugar control
  • Home blood glucose testing and monitoring 
  • Comprehensive nutrition and meal planning 


Free Monthly Education Sessions: First Monday of each month (times may vary July-September) at convenient locations. Visit our calendar for the latest schedule.

Information & Referrals
Medicare and many insurance companies cover the cost of diabetes education, but a referral from your physician or nurse practitioner is required. We recommend you verify whether services are covered by your insurance plan. For more information or to make an appointment, send email to DiabetesTreatmentServices@SMH.com or call 941-917-7468.