MWHC Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Services
"The training was excellent. It made a real difference in how I was
able to control my diabetes" - JG
The Mary Washington Healthcare Diabetes Self-Management services offer
education and support to individuals who have been referred by a physician
after receiving a diagnosis of diabetes.
Our healthcare team of diabetes experts (nurses and dietitians) specializes
in helping you and your family develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence
to take control of diabetes. Research shows that improving blood sugar
levels reduces the risk of complications. Our diabetes team will develop
an individualized plan of care in collaboration with you, your family
and your physician.
Our services have been awarded recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Our educators are all registered nurses and dietitians with expertise in helping
participants learn to manage their diabetes.
Learning About Diabetes
- Healthy Eating and Meal Planning
- Controlling Blood Sugar with Medications
- Balancing Food, Exercise, and Medications
- Reading Food Labels
- Avoiding Complications
- Exercising for Better Health
- Managing the Psychosocial Issues of Diabetes
- Controlling Blood Sugar with Medication
- Eating Out
- Monitoring Your Blood Sugar
- Living with Diabetes for the Future
Our services include a series of small group sessions or individual appointments,
spread out over about three months to allow for behavior change and applied learning.
Diabetes Services for Individuals Dependent on Insulin
These services are designed specifically for people dependent on insulin
who would like better control of their diabetes by adjusting their insulin
based on the food they eat and their exercise plans. This service covers:
- Carbohydrate Counting
- Multiple Daily Injections
- Insulin Pump and CGM Therapy
"All the readings and research I've done regarding diabetes was
not as informative as being able to sit and talk one-on-one. I was made
to feel at ease immediately." - PD
We encourage participants to bring another adult to sit in on sessions,
especially if the participant is learning-impaired, does not speak English
or needs added support.
Upcoming support group at Stafford Hospital in April:
Upcoming support groups in Spotsylvania in April and May:
Scheduling (for all locations):
Please call us at 540.741.2210 to discuss scheduling for these services.
A physician referral is required. Most insurance plans, including Medicare,
cover Diabetes Self-Management training. We encourage you to check with
your insurance plan to find out what your plan covers.
Are you looking for a provider specializing in diabetes?
Mary Washington Medical Group Endocrinology is here for you.
Kids for a Cure Club - Support group for children with Type 1 Diabetes and their parents.
For any questions or information regarding support groups and special events,
call us at 540.741.2210.
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