Educational Services

If you or a family member have just been diagnosed with diabetes, it can seem a bit overwhelming. There is a lot to learn about managing diabetes, and there may be quite a few lifestyle adjustments you need to make to monitor your condition and to take care of your health. Whether you've been newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for a long time, a Providence Tarzana diabetes educator can work with you to help you master the ins and outs of diabetes management. Most insurance plans cover diabetes education; please check with your provider. A physician referral may be needed for an appointment, and many insurance plans will only cover class fees with a physician referral. In addition to individual outpatient consultations, personalized to your needs, the Diabetes Care Center offers the following classes:

Basic Diabetes Education

This 3-hour class covers the basics of good diabetes care, including:

  • What is diabetes?
  • What are the effects of diet, activity, medication and stress on blood sugar levels?
  • Preventing complications
  • The importance of good foot care
  • Nutrition guidelines
  • Blood glucose meter training (when needed)

Time: Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP please call 818-708-5593.

Healthy Living with Diabetes

In this comprehensive four-part series (10 hours total), participants receive important information and training in the skills needed for living with diabetes. Whether newly diagnosed or having lived with diabetes for many years, participants receive information and training in the skills required for "healthy living with diabetes". Class attendance MUST begin with SESSION 1 and go through the series. Most insurance providers will cover this program with a physician referral. Physician referral required.

SESSION 1 (3 Hrs.)

  1. Completion of Assessment
  2. Diabetes Overview
  3. Relationship Among Nutrition, Exercise, Diet, Medication and Blood Glucose Levels
  4. Glucose Monitor Training and Use of Results
  5. Medications, Exercise and Activity

SESSION 2 (3 Hrs.)

  1. Nutrition and How It relates to Blood Sugars

SESSION 3 (2 Hrs.)

  1. Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Acute Complications
  2. Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Chronic Complications
  3. Foot, Skin and Dental Care
  4. Stress Adjustments
  5. Benefits, Risks and Management Options for Improving Glucose Control

SESSION 4 (2 Hrs.)

  1. Supermarket Smarts and Tips for Eating Out
  2. Behavior Change Strategies, Goal Setting/Problem Solving and Risk Factor Reduction
  3. Class Evaluation

Time: Held on four Tuesdays in the month. Please call for more information on times.

Pre-registration is mandatory prior to attending class.

For more information or to RSVP please call 818-708-5593.

Diabetes and Pregnancy

Upon referral from a physician, pregnant women with newly diagnosed Gestational Diabetes, or with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes will learn how to control their blood sugar during pregnancy. With the help of a Diabetes Educator, patients will receive extensive education to help in delivering a healthy baby. Pre-registration is mandatory prior to attending the class. A physician referral is required to attend. Many Insurance providers will pay for this low cost program. This class, taught in English and Spanish, covers the following topics:

  • The importance of good blood sugar control for the mother and the fetus during pregnancy
  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Training in the use of Home Glucose Monitoring
  • Training in the use of insulin (when needed)
  • Future considerations

Time: Fridays, 9 a.m - 12 p.m. (English).

Spanish language classes are available by appointment only.

For more information or to RSVP please call 818-708-5593.

Individual Consultations

Individual consultations are available by appointment as needed, and are available in English. For more information or to RSVP please call 818-708-5593.

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