Diabetes Education and Nutrition Counseling Program

Diabetes Education and Nutrition Counseling Program

Recognized by the American Diabetes Association

The Duke Primary Care diabetes education and nutrition counseling program helps you understand and successfully manage your diabetes.

Individual and Group Sessions Available

Our certified diabetes educators and dietitians offer individual and group sessions that cover the full spectrum of topics related to diabetes, including how to:

  • Assess self-management skills
  • Goal setting
  • Understand blood sugar numbers
  • Monitor blood sugar at home
  • Plan meals
  • Count carbohydrates
  • Read food labels
  • Manage cholesterol and fat intake
  • Treat hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Recognize hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
  • Manage sick days at home
  • Deal with depression and feelings
  • Keep a healthy heart
  • Exercise safely
  • Take care of your feet, eyes, kidneys and nerves

You’ll also learn:

  • Basic diabetes facts
  • About the A1c test
  • How diabetes medicines work

Group classes and individual session also address the following subjects:

Diabetes education

  • For people with type 1 and 2 diabetes who want to learn about nutrition and managing diabetes. Classes and individual sessions are available by appointment Monday through Friday.

Diabetes during pregnancy

  • Designed for those with gestational diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Participants learn about nutrition, blood sugar monitoring and other factors that help keep mothers and their babies healthy.

Pre-diabetes education

  • Designed for patients with pre-diabetes, impaired fasting glucose, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Participants learn tips on healthy eating and lifestyle skills for those at risk for developing diabetes.

Nutrition counseling

  • A combination of education and counseling designed for individuals trying to improve their overall health by making lifestyle changes. Examples include but are not limited to obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, kidney disease, chronic disease management and general nutrition. Offered through individual appointments only.

Required Forms

Please download, print, complete and bring the following forms to your scheduled appointment.

How to Enroll

A physician referral may be required, so ask your provider if you feel you would benefit from additional education. Diabetes education is usually covered by insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.

Check with your insurance provider about coverage for diabetes and nutrition education. For more information, contact us at 919-470-6505.