Diabetes Education and Nutrition Counseling Program

Recognized by the American Diabetes Association

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 individual and group guidance to best address your needs; your doctor can refer you for one or both programs.

Diabetes Self-Management Education

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.

For those in need of diabetes prevention, we also provide pre-diabetes education classes. These sessions are designed for people with pre-diabetes, impaired fasting glucose, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Participants who are at risk for diabetes can learn healthy eating and lifestyle skills. Our pre-diabetes program consists of two, two-hour classes.

Required Forms

As applicable, please print, complete, and bring the following forms to your scheduled appointment:

Nutrition Classes for Weight Management

Learn to manage your weight and decrease risk of health complications. Our classes offer proven nutrition advice and accountability counseling to help you achieve weight goals that help you now and in the future. Classes are for adults 18 and older.

Our dietitians provide information and lead discussions on:

  • Nutrition basics
  • Meal and menu planning
  • Mindful eating
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Goal setting and strategies to maintain lifestyle changes
  • How sleep and stress affect weight
  • Eating away from home

The program includes a series of four, two-hour classes. You’re welcome to bring a snack and a food log to review in class. A support person can also join.

Required Forms

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

Additional Services Offered:

  • Diabetes During Pregnancy (Duke Primary Care Croasdaile clinic only). A two-hour class for those with gestational diabetes or type 2 diabetes. We cover nutrition, blood sugar monitoring, and other factors that help keep mothers and their babies healthy.
  • Individual Sessions. A combination of education and counseling to guide lifestyle changes while you cope with serious disease. Examples include, but are not limited to: hyperlipidemia, hypertension, kidney disease, chronic disease management, and general nutrition. 

How to Enroll

A physician referral is required for both programs, so ask your doctor about enrolling if you feel you would benefit from our education programs. Diabetes education is typically covered by insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. For more information, contact us at 919-470-6505.