There is no known cure for diabetes, a chronic disease where the body does not produce or properly use insulin, which is needed to convert food into energy. However, 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 by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, our classes instruct individuals on how to self-manage diabetes with proper nutrition, carbohydrate counting, medication, exercise and home blood sugar tests. Classes are available for individuals 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 and includes the following:

  • A personalized food plan, reviewed weekly
  • Blood glucose testing instruction
  • Weekly blood sugar evaluations
  • Follow-up report sent to your doctor
  • Annual follow-up consultation
  • Access to trained personnel to assist with management issues

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.

The management of diabetes is a continual process and dealing with the life changes and challenges that come along with it can at times be discouraging. Free Diabetes Support Groups are also available to individuals with diabetes who are looking for support, education and camaraderie with others going through similar experiences. These support groups require no pre-registration. Use the contact information below to learn about upcoming meetings.

Our comprehensive programs also include the following individualized services:

  • Gestational diabetes management
  • Pre-diabetes management
  • Medical nutrition therapy/nutrition counseling
  • Weight management
  • Insulin, Byetta or Symlin
  • Insulin pump training
  • Insulin pump download with evaluation of pump settings
  • Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) with evaluation
  • Basics or Intensive Management Program follow-up consultations

Achievement

The Diabetes Self-Management Program achieved accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). 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

Jenners Village Professional Building
105 Vineyard Way
West Grove, PA 19390
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.

  • Pump Follow-Up: Optimizing Your Insulin Pump Therapy

    This group program will review basic features of the insulin pump and will educate participants to evaluate the accuracy of their current pump settings.

  • 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.

  • Staying on Track - Basics

    Staying on Track is designed especially for graduates of the Diabetes Self Management Program to help them keep up with and maintain their anti-diabetes regimen.

  • Diabetes Assistance and Resources

    A full list of local and national resources who can help you in your efforts to manage your diabetes.

  • Dining with Diabetes

    Dining with Diabetes will help you understand how to choose and prepare foods to best manage your 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.

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