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Adult Diabetes Education at UMass Memorial

The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) education program covers a wide variety of topics.  We're recognized by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. 

Mapping a plan to control blood glucose 

Our diabetes education workshops provide information, motivation and support.  Conversation Maps® are used to help with lifestyle changes such as nutrition, taking medication, staying physically active, plus other important aspects of living with diabetes.

Insurance coverage for diabetes education

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover up to 10 hours of diabetes education the first year of diagnosis.  Medicare also pays for 2 hours of yearly follow-up.  Commercial insurance offer similar benefits.  Contact your insurance provider for specific coverage information.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Where should I begin?  What should I expect from diabetes education appointments or workshops?   LEARN MORE


Diabetes 101: The Art of Managing Diabetes

This introductory workshop is ideal if you've recently been diagnosed or have never met with a diabetes educator.  LEARN MORE

Basic Carbohydrate Counting

This workshop covers label reading, carb counting tools and resources to help you plan consistent carbohydrate meals.  Learn how to make educated healthy eating choices in a variety of settings.

Advanced Carbohydrate Counting

Gain flexibility in the amount of carbohydrates you eat, without a negative effect on your blood glucose control.  Learn how to match insulin doses to carb intake and blood glucose levels.  This workshop will help you to get the most out of your carb ratios and sensitivity factors. 

Heart Healthy Meal Planning

Changing what & how much you eat can make a big difference in your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  This workshop will help you identify good vs bad fats, cholesterol, salt and more.

“Insulin Pumping….Is it Right For You?"

This workshop is for those who inject insulin several times each day and are interested in learning about insulin pump therapy, to replace multiple daily shots.  

Contact us for details or to get started 

These monthly workshops are offered at the Ambulatory Care Center on the University Campus of UMass Memorial Health Care.  Ask your care team or diabetes educator for a referral. 
For more information email
or call (508) 334-3206. 


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