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Diabetes Education Programs

Education is essential in the treatment of diabetes, and people with diabetes are encouraged to take an active role in the day-to-day management of their own health care. Self-care, however, requires certain skills. These can be learned at one of Ontario's Diabetes Education Programs.

At each program, a team of educators is available to teach people skills that help them care for themselves. This team has a nurse and a dietitian. It may also have a social worker or a foot care specialist.

Programs offer group classes as well as individual counseling to clients. The programs provide both initial and follow-up education and management.

As well as promoting self-care, the team develops a special management plan for each individual to help them understand how to relieve diabetes symptoms, prevent or treat complications, and improve the quality of life.

Effectively educating those with diabetes:

  • reduces acute diabetes complications
  • decreases foot problems
  • shortens or eliminates the need for hospitalization
  • improves long-term blood sugar control
  • reduces and/or prevents the onset of other long-term complications
  • supports self-management


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