Managing Diabetes Course Outline

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Understanding Diabetes

After individuals learn about what diabetes is and its progression, they review the essential information they need to know, including:

  • Symptom Monitoring
  • When to See the Doctor
  • Diabetes Medications
  • Insulin Therapy
  • Lifestyle Changes
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Carbohydrate Counting

After learning the meal planning method, known as the carbohydrate counting method, individuals are able to:

  • Identify High Carbohydrate vs. Low Carbohydrate Foods
  • Identify Healthier Sources of Carbohydrate
  • Determine How Much Carbohydrate to Eat at Meals and Snacks
  • Use Food Labels as Part of the Meal Planning Process
  • Make a Meal with Controlled Portion Sizes of Carbohydrate
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Making a Healthy Plate

Individuals learn about other aspects of healthy eating and canapply this knowledge to:

  • Choose Lean Sources of Protein
  • Eat More Healthy Fats than Unhealthy Fats
  • Use Healthy Cooking Methods
  • Reduce Sodium Intake
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Blood Sugar Monitoring

Individuals understand blood sugar management and how to monitor their levels by:

  • Knowing How to Test Blood Sugar Levels
  • Indicating How to Respond to Abnormal Readings
  • Planning Ahead for Conditions that Affect Blood Sugar
  • Reviewing Stress Management Strategies
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Body Weight Management

Individuals will be better prepared to manage their body weight with:

  • Knowledge of How Energy Balance Works
  • Nutrition Recommendations for Weight Loss
  • Exercise and Safety Tips
  • Specific Goals to Work Toward
  • Behavior Change Strategies
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Supporting Change

Individuals are provided points to remember and action cues including:

  • Overall Course Summary Sheet
  • List of Recommended Steps to Take Moving Forward
  • Suggested Tools and Resources
  • Blood Sugar Log
  • Final Words of Encouragement