Diabetes Education and Nutrition Counseling Program

Recognized by the American Diabetes Association

Short Overview

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person group classes are cancelled until further notice. Individual, in-person visits are still available at Duke Primary Care CroasdaileHendersonKnightdaleSouth Durham. We are also offering phone and video visit options. Please visit our COVID-19 section for updates.


Duke Primary Care offers diabetes education and nutrition counseling to help you understand connections between diabetes, wellness, and how to make changes to improve your quality of life. We offer guidance to best address your needs.

Diabetes Self-Management Education (Virtual)

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Our certified diabetes educators and dietitians teach you about a range of topics related to diabetes, from how it affects your body to lifestyle management, so you can achieve your desired health outcomes. Our program will help you:

  • Plan meals that fit your life and budget
  • Understand nutrition labels and why you need to track carbohydrates
  • Monitor blood sugar at home
  • Learn about the A1c test, which measures your blood sugar and how you're managing your health
  • Recognize, treat, and prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
  • Deal with depression and learn how to cope with feelings
  • Understand exercise guidelines 
  • Learn to take care of your feet, eyes, kidneys, and nerves

The program includes a series of four, two-hour classes. You’re encouraged to bring a snack, your blood sugar log, and a list of medications to each class. We offer one-on-one help with your blood sugar meter or insulin injections. You’re welcome to bring a support person with you.

Diabetes Prevention Classes (Virtual)

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Our diabetes prevention classes are designed for people with pre-diabetes, impaired fasting glucose, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Participants at risk for diabetes will learn healthy eating and lifestyle skills. Our diabetes prevention program consists of two, two-hour classes.

Diabetes During Pregnancy (In-Person)

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This two-hour class offers information on nutrition, blood sugar monitoring, and other factors that help keep mothers and their babies healthy. It’s ideal for people who: 

  • Are diagnosed with gestational diabetes or Type 2 diabetes
  • Had a previous diagnosis of prediabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome 
  • Received gastric bypass surgery
  • Are unable to complete a glucose tolerance test

This class only meets at Duke Primary Care Croasdaile.

Individual Education Sessions (In-Person or Virtual)

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If you have a chronic disease that would benefit from lifestyle change, these one-on-one meetings pair you with a dietitian who can help you manage diabetes or health conditions like cholesterol or lipid disorders, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and more. Our educators are dietitians who specialize in diabetes but have extensive training in many diseases. You’ll get a combination of education and counseling to guide lifestyle changes to better manage these health conditions.

How to Enroll

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A referral is required to join our programs:

  • Ask your provider if you believe they would be a benefit for you.
  • We will contact you to find an option that is right for you and schedule your appointment.

Prior to your class, we will send instructions to your Duke MyChart account. This will include a lifestyle assessment form so you can provide details about your diet, blood sugar management, and more. If you don’t have a MyChart account, you can sign up online.

Insurance Coverage

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Diabetes education is typically covered by insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. If you have questions about other kinds of coverage, contact your insurance company. For more information about using insurance for our programs, contact our staff at 919-470-6505.

Providers

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Meet our certified diabetes educators and dietitians who organize our programs: