Diabetes Education Frequently Asked Questions:
What will I learn at United General Hospital diabetes Education Program?
Patients start with an individual consultation with a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator or an ARNP (Nurse Practitioner). You will then meet with a Certified Diabetes Educator for an assessment to learn basic diabetes nutrition, monitoring blood glucose, and setting individual goals. The program is highly individualized to accommodate each person’s needs.
Do you have diabetes education classes?
Yes. There are two core classes that cover basic diabetes management. Both two hour classes are offered twice monthly in the morning or afternoon and are kept small to individualize teaching as much as possible.
Understanding diabetes 101
Diabetes Nutrition 101
We also offer a wide variety of other classes once you have mastered the basics:
Eating Away From Home
Smart Grocery Shopping and Label Reading
Recipe Modification Techniques
How to Plan a Menu
How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
Surviving the Holidays
How to Avoid a Train Wreck!
How do I make an appointment?
Call (360) 856-7268 to schedule an appointment.
Do I need a referral?
Yes, referrals are required. You may ask your healthcare provider for the referral or call (360) 856-7268 and we will request the referral from your physician. Once we have the referral you will be called to schedule your appointment.
Are interpreters available?
Yes. Please let us know so arrangements can be made to provide an interpreter.
Is Diabetes Education covered by my insurance?
The Diabetes Education Program is covered by most insurers. Our business office will call your insurance company to verify coverage, co-pay and deductible. We encourage you to also call your insurance company.
Can I bring a guest?
Yes. You can bring up to three guests for an individual appointment. For classes, we ask that you bring only one guest since classroom space is limited.
What is a CDE?
Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) are healthcare providers with advanced training in Diabetes Management. We are re-certified every five years and must keep up-to-date with required continuing education. Both of our Registered Dietitians and ARNP have been CDEs for many years. For more information, see our Staff Profiles.