« Healthcare Highlights Diabetes Education Center People with diabetes can lead long and satisfying lives. But, it takes knowledge and a commitment to be responsible for your health. The first step to living well with diabetes is to learn how to take care of yourself. At the WVU Hospitals Diabetes Education Center, you can learn the skills to manage your diabetes. Our program meets the national standards for diabetes education programs, and our education team includes registered nurses and dieticians. The classes we offer are geared toward people who are either insulin dependent, or not taking insulin. Our goal is to teach people with diabetes, and their family members, the importance of lifelong diabetes care. Our program stresses prevention of complications, and that diabetes is a manageable disease. You may enroll in outpatient classes or one-on-one education. Topics we cover include: • Risk factors of diabetes • Complications of diabetes • Glucose monitoring and pattern management • Carbohydrate counting and meal planning • Weight loss • Physical activity • Hypoglycemia treatment • Sick day management • Foot care • Dental care • Heart disease risk factors and prevention • Diabetes and alcohol • Stress management • Insulin administration instruction • Advanced insulin regimens • Insulin pump therapy • Medical nutrition therapy We also sponsor a free support group that meets the second Thursday of the month For information, call 304-598-4391 or visit the Diabetes Education Center website.