Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Diabetic Classes

Here is a question I recently received from

I am trying to find a class for our grandson. He is 19 and has a part-time job but no insurance. He just found out last week that he is a type 1 diabetes after losing a lot of weight and his blood sugar was 523. He is on insulin but needs to go to a class to manage is diabetes without going hungry. Where do we start? Any suggestions would help us a lot.

The answer to this question depends on what is available in your area and/or how far you are willing to travel.

Your best bet would be to contact his physician's office, or your local hospital or health clinic. They will be able to refer you to resources in your area. Some hospitals offer diabetes education classes and/or have specialized diabetes clinics.

Also, some communities have local diabetic support groups. This may be beneficial to help him cope and manage diabetes with the help of fellow diabetics.

Another option is to meet with a certified diabetes educator. These are certified health care professionals who have completed extensive training to assist patients with diabetes. To locate one in your areas, visit

Be sure to refer to the American Diabetes Association website for additional information on diabetes.

And, of course, be sure to check back with!

Best of luck!

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