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UF Health Diabetes Education Program

There are approximately 29.1 million people in the United States living with diabetes, and an estimated 86 million at high risk for developing the disease. The good news: as much as 80 percent of type 2 diabetes is preventable by changing diet, increasing physical activity and making better everyday lifestyle choices.

At UF Health, we strongly believe the best person to guide your diabetes management is you. 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.

Newly diagnosed with diabetes? Call 352.265.8548 to speak with a care coordinator today.

The UF Health Diabetes Education Program empowers patients to take control of type 2 diabetes early by teaching effective diabetes self-management and nutrition education strategies proven to help reset and even reverse progression of the disease. UF Health diabetes educators also offer educational services to individuals at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, aiming to prevent and reduce associated risk factors including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke.

In 1997, UF Health Shands Hospital became one of the first health systems in Florida to receive Recognized Diabetes Education Program certification by the American Diabetes Association. Today, the UF Health Diabetes Education Program continues to innovate diabetes self-management education through a comprehensive patient-centered curriculum offering the latest evidence-based information and advances in diabetes care and nutrition.

Adults can be referred to the program by their primary care physician or endocrinologist. Courses are taught by certified diabetes educators and other allied UF Health professionals.

Our program begins with a one-on-one individual clinical consultation with a UF Health certified diabetes educator. Then, participants attend a series of self-management and diabetes nutrition education classes led by nurses, dietitians, and other allied healthcare professionals. Assessment and treatment of all complications are also covered.

  • 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)

If you are a UF Health provider and would like to refer patients, please fill out the UF Health Diabetes Education Program Referral Form. The  Diabetes Education Program at UF Health 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.

If you are a community provider and would like to refer to our services, please feel free to contact us and will be more than happy to assist you. For more information, click here or call 352-265-8458.