Diabetes Education, Management and Support
More than 20 million Americans have diabetes, but one in every three doesn’t know it. Diabetes is a silent disease. Oftentimes, by the time it is diagnosed, damage to arteries, eyes, nerves and kidneys may have been going on for years.
Through education and one-on-one counseling, Sarasota Memorial's comprehensive Diabetes Treatment Services program helps patients design a self-care plan that can decrease the risk of developing complications related to diabetes. Certified diabetes educators offer individual consultations and disease management help (healthcare provider referral required) on SMH's main campus in Sarasota, and starting in September 2019, they will also be offered at the Health Care Center at Blackburn Point in Osprey, for convenient access for south county residents; for information, please call 941-917-7468.
Our Diabetes Services also include:
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)
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.
Diabetes Support Group
Sarasota Memorial's free Diabetes Support Group offers motivation, education and support to those managing diabetes. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association and led by certified diabetes educators, the meetings provide attendees with the tools they need to maintain optimum blood sugar control and prevent complications. The support group meets monthly at the Health Care Center at Blackburn Point (excluding July, August and September). Registration is not required; please call 941-917-7468 for dates and to be added to the group's email list.
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.