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Diabetes is a chronic disease where the body does not produce or properly use insulin, which is needed to convert food into energy.  The good news is that by learning how to manage your diabetes, you can enjoy a long and active life.  At Chester County Hospital, we firmly believe that education is the most important component to the management of diabetes.  Our self-management programs are a proven way to help individuals care for and control their diabetes.

Chester County Hospital has one of the most comprehensive diabetes instructional programs in the region.  Recognized for excellence, our certified diabetes care and education specialists instruct individuals on how to self-manage diabetes with proper nutrition, carbohydrate counting, medication, exercise and home blood sugar tests.  Individual appointments and classes are available for people with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.

At the core of the Diabetes Self-Management Program is a four-week educational course called Diabetes Basics. The course is for individuals that are either newly diagnosed with or have uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes. This program reviews basic diabetes management principles including the AADE7 self-care behaviors:

  • Healthy eating
  • Being active
  • Monitoring
  • Taking medication
  • Problem solving
  • Reducing risks
  • Healthy coping

For individuals with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes on multiple daily injections or those who are on an insulin pump, a four-week educational program called Intensive Insulin Management Training is available. Throughout this program participants will learn to minimize the high and low blood sugar readings often associated with insulin-requiring diabetes. Individuals will learn how to match insulin to food intake, allowing for better glucose control with greater flexibility. 

Our comprehensive programs also include the following individualized services:

  • Gestational diabetes management
  • Pre-diabetes management
  • Medical nutrition therapy/nutrition counseling
  • Weight management
  • Insulin or injectable medication training
  • Insulin pump download with evaluation of pump settings
  • Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) with evaluation

Achievement

The Diabetes Self-Management Program achieved accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (AADCES). This accreditation recognizes that the program meets all national standards for diabetes self-management education and provides education programs that easily track and maintain patient progress.

 

LOCATION and CONTACT INFORMATION

North Hills Medical Office Building
795 East Marshall Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-738-2835
Email: diabetes@uphs.upenn.edu

 



Click The Links Below to Learn More About Our Diabetes Self-Management Classes:

  • Diabetes Basics

    This four-week educational program is for individuals with newly diagnosed or uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes and reviews basic diabetes management principles.

  • Gestational Diabetes Management

    This educational program is for women who are pregnant and develop diabetes during pregnancy.

  • Intensive Insulin Management

    This four-week program is specifically designed for individuals with Type I or Type 2 Diabetes taking insulin.

  • Reversing Pre-Diabetes

    Come to this 90 minute program to learn more about pre-diabetes and to get the tools you need to change your lifestyle and reduce your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.

  • Living with Type 2 Diabetes

    Whether you are newly diagnosed, or have had diabetes for awhile, this FREE program will get you up to date with the tools and resources you need to live well with diabetes.

  • National Diabetes Prevention Program

    Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle. If you are at high risk, or already have pre-diabetes, you may qualify for this year-long program.

  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

    This eight-week program empowers people who are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes to take charge of their health and well-being.

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