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Managing Diabetes Course Outline

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Understanding Diabetes

After individuals learn about diabetes 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

Carbohydrate Counting

After learning the meal planning method known as carbohydrate counting, 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

Making a Healthy Plate

​Individuals learn about other aspects of healthy eating and can apply this knowledge to:

  • Choose Lean Sources of Protein

  • Eat More Healthy Fats than Unhealthy Fats

  • Use Healthy Cooking Methods

  • Reduce Sodium Intake

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

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

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

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