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Diabetes Education

Methodist helps you to take control of your diabetes through classes led by nurse practitioners, pharmacists and dietitians at several locations.

Programs at Methodist South

Diabetes Education Program

Fridays at Noon - 1:00 pm for 5 weeks
Methodist South Hospital
Free of Charge; registration required
Contact Annette Caple at 901.516.3774 or 901.418.0278

As a part of this free, five-week clinic, our specialized team of nurse practitioners, pharmacists ad dietitians will proves blood pressure checks, weight monitoring, nutrition counseling, education, resource referrals, support, and consultations.

Programs at Methodist Germantown

Diabetes Classes

If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, classes may be covered by your insurance. Methodist Germantown's diabetes services have received national recognition from the American Diabetes Association. Our diabetes coordinators can also meet with you one-on-one to discuss your diet and insulin medication.

Gestational Diabetes Class

Tuesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Annex
(Across Poplar Ave. from the hospital)
Registration and payment required. Call 901.516.9000

Expectant mothers receive glucose-meter training, meal planning and a gestational diabetes management plan in this three-hour class.

One-on-One Diabetes Education - Insulin Training

Individual appointments available. Payment required.
Call Kristy Merritt at 901.516.6616

This is a one-on-one educational session for insulin administration only. The training session lasts between 30 minutes and an hour.

Diabetes Education Class

Thursdays | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Two sessions available)
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Annex
(Across Poplar Ave. from the hospital)
Registration and payment required. Call 901-516-9000

Following recommendations from the American Diabetes Association, this customized teaching plan covers meal planning, monitoring, medication and exercise. Patients meet individually with our staff to determine educational goals and the teaching plan. After attending classes, patients again meet individually with a diabetes coordinator for follow-up. The program may be completed in 1-12 months.

Insurance Coverage for Classes

For classes that require payment, most insurance plans cover the cost of diabetes education at the request of your physician. Check with your insurance company to find out if your plan covers classes.

If yes, ask your doctor to complete the diabetes class referral form (PDF) and fax it to 901.516.4900.

Physical Activity

Physical activity is another important part of your diabetes management plan. When you exercise, your muscles use sugar (glucose) for energy. Regular physical activity also helps your body use insulin more efficiently.

These factors work together to lower your blood sugar level. The more strenuous your workout, the longer the effect lasts. But even light activities--such as housework, gardening or being on your feet for extended periods--can improve your blood sugar level.

What to do:

  • Talk to your doctor about exercise plan.
  • Keep an exercise schedule.
  • Stay hydrated.

Gym Memberships and Classes

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is a cornerstone of health living--with or without diabetes. But if you diabetes, you need to know how foods affect your blood sugar levels. It’s not only the type of food you eat but also how you eat and the combinations of food types you eat.

What to do:

  • Learn about carbohydrate counting and portion sizes.
  • Make every meal well-balanced.
  • Coordinate meals with medications.
  • Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages.

Nutrition Classes, Farmer’s Market, Healthy Recipes

A service of the Diabetes Wellness & Prevention Center

Call

Care Coordination Services: (901) 758-7888
Schedule a Diabetes Education Appointment: (901) 516-9000
Request more information: info@mydiabetescenter.org

3 Diabetes Peer Support Groups:

All part of the Congregational Health Network


Visit

Methodist South Medical Office Complex
1251 Wesley Drive, Ste. 151
Memphis, TN 38116


Hours

MON, TUE, & THUR: 1pm-5pm
FRI: 8am-5pm