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Outpatient Diabetes Education

The Duke Primary Care Diabetes Education Program offers individual and group instruction to help patients gain knowledge and skills for a healthier life. 

Programs include:

Diabetes Education
Learn about nutrition and diabetes in a series of classes taught by Certified Diabetes Educators (nurses and dietitians). This program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes during Pregnancy
Learn about nutrition, blood sugar monitoring and other factors that help keep mothers and their babies healthy.

Pre-diabetes Education
People who are at risk for developing diabetes can learn healthy eating and lifestyle skills.

Diabetes Instruction topics:
• Assessing self-management skills
• Setting goals for daily routines
• Learning basic facts about diabetes
• Understanding blood sugar numbers
• Monitoring blood sugar at home
• Learning about the A1c test
• Planning meals
• Counting carbohydrates
• Reading food labels
• Managing cholesterol and fat intake
• Treating hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
• Recognizing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
• Learning how diabetes medicines work
• Managing sick days at home
• Dealing with depression and feelings
• Keeping a healthy heart
• Exercising safely
• Taking care of feet, eyes, kidneys and nerves

A physician referral is required for all programs. Diabetes education is usually covered by insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. Classes are held at Duke Primary Care Croasdaile, 1821 Hillandale Rd. Suite 24B Durham, NC 27705


Phone 919-470-6505
Fax: 919-470-8199