Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital's diabetes self-management education program is an outpatient program consisting of individual and group classes. Our program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and includes high-quality education that meets national standards. Our licensed dietitians are leaders in their profession, certified diabetes educators, and include registered nurses and registered dietitian nutritionists.
Not Traditional Classes with Lectures
We have classes but not in the traditional sense. We don't lecture patients. We use an educational tools recommended by the American Diabetes Association, including "Conversation Maps" - visuals that make details and facts easy to understand. These tools help you internalize what you've learned and so that you can make better daily decisions and ultimately feel better.
Managing diabetes is much more than just taking medicine. Your Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital diabetes educator will help you understand what is going on inside your body. You’ll learn the best methods of taking charge of your condition. You’ll see how everyday decisions—like meal planning, exercise, testing your blood sugar, taking your medications and even checking your feet—can impact your condition and quality of life. And you’ll develop and leave with a treatment plan you can live with.
You may need a diabetes educator if you have had:
- An initial diagnose of diabetes or prediabetes.
- A change in your medicine or insulin therapy.
- Difficulty meeting your AC1 goal or blood sugar goals.
- Lack of information about diabetes treatment.
- Recurrent or severe episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood sugars) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugars).
- A diagnosis of chronic diabetes complications.
What You’ll Learn:
- The latest information about diabetes and its management.
- How to test and manage your blood sugar.
- The importance of physical activity.
- How to manage your medications, based on your doctor’s orders.
Referral to the Diabetes and Nutrition Counseling services:
In order to provide the best care possible, referral to any of the diabetes and nutrition counseling services is coordinated through your physician.
Diabetes and nutrition counseling services is located on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Medical Office Building 1.
1040 N. Mason Road
Medical Office Building 1, Suite 103
Creve Coeur, MO 63141