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Diabetes Education

Tuscaloosa Diabetes Education

Caring. For Life.

The DCH Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center, a Recognized Education Program by the American Diabetes Association, serves as an education and resource facility for people with diabetes and their families.

The DCH Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center is located in the DCH Annex, 600 Bryant Drive East, across from DCH Regional Medical Center. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The DCH Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center provides training by nurses and nutritionists in self-management skills for people with diabetes. These skills include control of blood sugar, prevention of diabetes complications, and improved self-care skills. A physician referral is required.

The two most common types of diabetes are known as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Anyone can develop diabetes, but you have a higher risk if:

  • You are overweight
  • You are female
  • You are over the age of 45
  • You don’t exercise regularly
  • You have a family history of diabetes
  • You are African American
  • You are a woman who has had a baby weighing nine pounds or more at birth

Diabetes Education Programs in Tuscaloosa

The DCH Diabetes Education Center’s education programs focus on four groups of people who have Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes, or who are at an Increased Risk for Diabetes. Education sessions are either one-on-one or in a small group. A physician referral is required to enroll in any of our diabetes education classes. Class participants will receive a glucometer if needed.

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Education

Educational offerings for those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Initial Visit - One-on-one visit with Diabetes Educator
  • What Can I Eat class - Group session with a Registered Dietitian
  • Three Lifestyle classes:
    • Hearth Healthy and Carbohydrate Counting - Group sessions with a Registered Dietitian
    • Living with Diabetes - Group session with a Registered Nurse

Gestational Diabetes Education

Group sessions with a Diabetes Educator are available to teach expectant mothers how to manage diabetes during pregnancy.

Increased Risk for Diabetes

This is a two-session series designed to educate those with an increased risk for diabetes. Topics discussed include eating habits and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. The purpose of this class is to help either prevent or prolong the onset of diabetes.

Insulin Starts Educational Offering

Your doctor may request this class for those with Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational Diabetes

Insurance Information

A physician referral is required to enroll in any of our diabetes education classes. Each session will be filed with your insurance provider. For those whose insurance does not cover diabetes education, the first session is $60, and additional sessions are $50 per session.

For more information, call 205-750-5260 or click here. Additional information about diabetes is available through the Tuscaloosa County Diabetes Commission.

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