Attend a diabetes self-management workshop

Diabetes can sometimes be an overwhelming diagnosis, and most health professionals agree that proper education and support are imperative to getting the best outcomes.

To facilitate this, many local governments sponsor self-management workshops in an effort to help patients control their diabetes better and live healthier lives. Programs are designed by Stanford University with evidence based solutions that help patients deal with stress, as well as communicate how to manage blood sugar issues.

Locations of upcoming workshops include Washington, D.C., Annapolis, MD, and Toronto, Canada. In many cases these workshops are free to the city’s residents who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or are pre-diabetic.

Highlights

Most groups meet once per week for a period of 6 weeks for 2 or 3 hours. Participants are expected to commit to all 6 sessions. Participants of some programs receive Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions free.
Many topics are covered in these small group sessions, but some of the main topics include:

  • Health problems caused by diabetes
  • Management of blood glucose
  • Understanding the relationship between diet and blood sugar
  • How to decipher nutrition labels
  • Manage stress and cope with depression
  • Effective communication with health professionals

The program is designed to teach vital skills to manage diabetes on a daily basis and increase awareness of symptoms, and build self-confidence in managing those symptoms. The groups are kept small so that everyone is able to share their experiences and learn from one another as well.

Benefits of Attending a Self-Management Workshop

Participants can expect both physical and mental improvements to their health during and after the course of the program. Research results say that many improve their hemoglobin A1c levels and many attendees report having less stress and are better able to relax after attending the workshop.

Sources:
http://dcoa.dc.gov/DC/DCOA/ADRC/Diabetes+Self-Management+Workshops
http://www.torontodiabetesmanagement.com/host-your-own-stanford-workshop...
http://www.torontodiabetesmanagement.com/stanford-workshop-topics.html
http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2012/08/19/manage-your-diabetes-2/

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