Adult Diabetes Education Program

The Duke Adult Diabetes Education Program provides a variety of educational services for those with Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Gestational diabetes, and other disorders associated with abnormal blood sugar levels. Our clinical nurse specialists and registered dietitians are certified diabetes educators who will work you and your doctors to help you learn to manage your diabetes. Understanding how to control your blood sugar, take your medications and how to adopt healthy lifestyle habits can help prevent some of the serious complications associated with diabetes.

ADA Recognized Quality Diabetes Education Program

As an ADA-recognized quality diabetes education program, we follow the national standards for diabetes self-management and education. Our certified diabetes educators provide research-based education and self-management support at Duke Endocrinology and Bone Densitometry Clinic - Clinic 1ADuke Endocrinology at Brier Creek, and Duke Endocrinology South Durham.

Group Classes

Our regularly scheduled group classes include:

  • Getting savvy with diabetes. Reviews diabetes self-care goals. We explain how diabetes is diagnosed and what is happening inside the body. We also teach you the skills you will need to manage you blood sugar on a day to day basis.  Emphasis is placed on preventing long-term complications of diabetes, managing acute complications (hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia and illness), blood glucose monitoring, target goals, record keeping, and medication management.
  • Diabetes nutrition and carbohydrate counting. Focuses on why a healthy diet is important for blood sugar control, when you should eat, what you should eat and how much you should eat.   Our content includes meal planning, portion control, carbohydrate counting, reading nutrition labels, and making healthy food choices.
  • Introduction to insulin pump therapy. Provides information regarding insulin pump therapy, including current pump options, pro and cons of pump therapy, patient responsibilities, insurance issues and process for pump approval.
  • Pre-diabetes/PCOS nutrition. Emphasizes weight management, diet and exercise for individuals who are at risk for the development of diabetes.

Individual Consultations

We offer individual consultations to people with barriers to group education. We help with many areas related to diabetes self-care including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Insulin injection technique
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Being more active
  • Healthy eating
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Coping skills
  • Reducing risks and preventing complications
  • Pregnancy and diabetes
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Continuous glucose monitoring

Physician Referral Required

If you are interested in receiving diabetes education, please discuss this with your doctor. A written physician referral is required to make an appointment. Please download and have your provider complete this referral form and fax to 919-479-2661. If you are a Duke patient, please talk to your doctor about participating in these classes.

Note: Internal providers with access to the electronic medical record can place this as an order by selecting Ambulatory Referral to Diabetes Education.