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Diabetes Education, Management and 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's Diabetes Treatment Services will help you design a self-care program that can decrease your risk of developing complications related to diabetes. We offer the following programs:

Adult Diabetes Self-Management Education (up to 10 hours)

  • 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 Association

Medical 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 

PreventT2 Diabetes Prevention Program

  • Interactive diabetes-prevention program to help those at risk of developing prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes make lasting lifestyle changes
  • Participants learn how to lose weight, eat healthy, be more active, manage stress, stay motivated and overcome the obstacles that can get in the way of healthy lifestyle changes
  • A 10-month education and support program: meet weekly for four months of interactive learning, followed by six months of monthly support meetings; new sessions begin every 16 weeks
  • Facilitated by an SMH registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator
  • Program fee includes 16 weeks of unlimited access to HealthFit on Clark Road

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.