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Diabetes Education and Support

Diabetes is a life-long disease that requires careful management. Our diabetes education and self-management programs, recognized and certified by the American Diabetes Association, teach people with diabetes the skills they need to manage and reduce the symptoms and potential long term effects of the disease. Diabetes education is provided with a physician’s/nurse practitioner’s referral.

Taught by certified diabetes educators, our programs cover a wide range of topics including healthy nutrition, weight management, medication management and stress reduction, physical activity, blood sugar monitoring and prevention of short and long-term complications

Diabetes affects people differently, depending on the cause and stage of their disease.

To Best Serve Our Patients the Center has Developed Several Distinct Diabetes Programs:

Free Pre-Diabetes Education Program

Free Pre-Diabetes Education Program

Focused on prevention, our monthly pre-diabetes program is targeted to people who have certain risk factors for diabetes. Participants learn how to avoid getting diabetes by developing healthier habits, including weight loss, proper nutrition, physical activity and stress management.

You may be at risk for diabetes if you have:

  • High BMI (Body Mass Index over 25)
  • Family history of diabetes
  • History of gestational diabetes or having had a baby that weighed more than 9 lbs.
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Polycystic ovary disease
  • “Pre-diabetes” with fasting blood glucose level greater than 100 but less than 126

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Adult Diabetes Self-Management Program

Adult Diabetes Self-Management Program

This 3-step program, certified by the American Diabetes Association, teaches patients what they need to know and do to properly manage diabetes.

Step 1: Assessment. A one-on-one, personal assessment with a registered dietitian and a diabetes nurse educator.  

Step 2: Education. Group or individual education sessions. Topics covered in these sessions include the 7 required areas: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medications, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping.  

Learn about the AADE 7 Self Care Behaviors>>

Step 3: Management. A customized, long-term plan to manage your diabetes, in which our instructor helps you set goals and schedule the appropriate follow-up evaluations.

Gestational Diabetes Program

Expectant mothers diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy learn essential skills for disease management through one-on-one meetings with a nurse educator and a dietitian. Together they review techniques for monitoring and maintaining blood sugar control throughout pregnancy. The Center provides, free of charge, a glucose meter and initial testing supplies for use during program participation.

Pediatric Diabetes Program

Children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes face unique challenges. We work closely with young patients, their families and primary care physicians to teach self-care and disease management techniques, and to establish a healthy, lifelong relationship with diabetes.

Pre-Operative Nutritional Counseling

The Center provides pre-operative nutritional counseling, sometimes required by insurance, for people with diabetes who are planning to have bariatric surgery.

Technology: Glucose Meters, Insulin Pumps and Continous Sensors

Our diabetes educators provide education and support instruction on glucose meters, insulin pump management and continuous glucose sensor use to assist you with blood glucose control.

Educational Workshops and Support Groups

Patients also may benefit from a variety of available patient and family support groups.

  • Healthier Living Workshops. Learn techniques to improve your health and feel better while managing your chronic condition.
  • Insulin Pump Support Group. A monthly discussion of equipment, newest technology and other pump-related issues and concerns.


phoneCall 802.775.7844 to learn more about  Rutland Diabetes & Endocrinology Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center
160 Allen Street
Rutland, VT 05701
802.775.7111

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