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UF Health Diabetes Education Program

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US. There are 29.1 million people in the United States 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 improving the living environment.

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 UF Health Diabetes Education Program empowers patients to take control of type 2 diabetes by teaching them to manage the disease with the latest advances in medical care and education. Diabetes Institute Educators also work closely with individuals at high risk for the disease to make proven lifestyle changes that prevent obesity, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke associated with diabetes.

Since 1997, the program has been recognized as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education by the American Diabetes Association.


The program incorporates meaningful research findings into practice whenever possible. In a study involving 272 women participating in a six-month lifestyle intervention designed to help them lose weight, UF researchers found that those who improved their problem-solving abilities,–by setting weekly goals for altering their eating and exercising behavior, anticipating obstacles, and strategizing possible solutions–lost more weight and stuck to the program better than those who didn’t. Teaching problem solving and troubleshooting skills are now built into elements of the program.


Last year, Diabetes Institute Educators received over 2,000  inpatient and outpatient education referrals. Adults can be referred to the program by their primary care physician or endocrinologist and the courses are taught by certified diabetes educators (CDE) and other health care professionals at UF Health.

The program begins with an individual assessment with a certified diabetes educator. Then, participants attend a series of classroom sessions led by nurses, dietitians 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.

Directions:

For more information, visit https://ufhealth.org/diabetes-education or contact (352) 265-8548.