at the Abbeville Area Healthcare Center
The Diabetes Self-Management Program at AAMC is designed to give people with diabetes the tools and information they need to better care for themselves.
Our office is located at the Abbeville Area Healthcare Center, 901 W. Greenwood Street Suite 1, on the corner of Highway 72 and Thomson Circle.
Classes are taught by two Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) and Registered Dietitian who is also a CDE and are available to those with Type 1, Type 2, Gestational or pre-diabetes.
A monthly support group is also available and meets at the hospital. Contact the Diabetes Education Office for more details.
The program is available to people with diabetes who have been referred by their physician.
Our Services also include:
Diabetes Community Support Group
This group meets the third Monday of each month except December at 5:30pm in the hospital’s Education Room. Meetings are free to those with diabetes and their families.
Insulin Pump Training
Insulin pumps are a good alternative for people who are taking multiple daily injections of insulin. If you would like to find out if an insulin pump is right for you, please contact us.
Professional Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGM)
This system is small and discreet, waterproof and requires no cables or monitor. It gives a clearer picture of blood sugar levels during the day and night. All that’s needed is an order from your health care provider and we’ll contact you for an appointment. See your health care provider if you feel this would benefit you in managing your diabetes.
Diabetes Self-Management Classes
These classes include an individual assessment and a series of three classes. We encourage the patient to bring a support person with them to these classes.
- Individual Goal Setting
- General Diabetes Mellitus Information
- Monitoring Blood Glucose (Issue monitor if needed)
- Introduction to Healthy Food Choices
- Introduction to Diabetes Medications
- Identification of Barriers for Self Management
Class 1: Medical Nutrition Group Therapy
- Healthy Eating
- Carbohydrate Counting, Exchanges, Food Guide Pyramid
- Food Label Reading
- Carbohydrate Digestion & Glucose Utilization
- Meal Planning
Class 2 & 3: Complications Group Therapy
- Reducing Risks of Diabetes Complications
- Sick Day Management
- Self-Care Practices
- Living with Diabetes
- Benefits of Physical Exercise
- Acute Complications
- Problem Solving
- Healthy Coping
If you think you might have diabetes, click here to connect to a self-screening tool.
For more information about diabetes, click on the following website links:
American Diabetes Association
American Dietetic Association
American Association of Diabetic Educators
The AAMC Diabetes Self-Management Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association