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UF Health Diabetes Education Program

Welcome to the UF Health Diabetes Education Program.

Many people still think diabetes is a relatively mild condition and do not realize that if not managed properly it can lead to devastating health complications and early death. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US. There are 10.3 million people in the US with the disease, and an additional estimated 5.4 million have not yet been diagnosed. Many people do not become aware that they have diabetes until they develop one of its life-threatening symptoms such as blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage and heart disease.

The University of Florida is proud to be recognized as one of 4 demonstration sites for the American Association for Diabetes Educators‘ pilot study of the effectiveness and sustainability of a flexible, 5- tier diabetes education and support team that serves minority populations and utilizes professional and lay health workers.  This five part course provides a comprehensive review and guide to the management of diabetes, and addresses the challenge of creating the necessary workforce to meet HHS/CDC goals for diabetes self- management education and support.

The UF Health Diabetes Education Program helps patients take control of diabetes by teaching them to manage the disease with the latest advances in medical care and education. Since 1997, the program has been recognized as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education by the American Diabetes Association.

Adults can be referred to the program by their primary care physician or endocrinologist and the courses are taught by certified diabetes educators and other health care professionals.

The program begins with an individual assessment with a certified diabetes educator (CDE). Then, participants attend a series of classroom sessions led by nurses, dieticians and other healthcare professionals.

Visit 1: Assessment and Introduction to Diabetes (one hour individual appointment)

Visit 2: Diabetes Management Overview and Nutrition Strategies (4 hour group session)

Visit 3: Diabetes Self-Care and Lifestyle (4 hour group session)

Visit 4: Annual Follow Up Visit (2 hour individual appointment)

The UF Health Diabetes Education Program is covered by most insurance policies if the patient is referred by a physician. Financial counselors will work with patients and their insurance companies regarding payment.

To refer patients, please fill out the UF Health Diabetes Education Program Referral Form.  


For more information, please contact us at (352) 265-8548.