Diabetes Education Programs
Every 20 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 23.6 million Americans have diabetes and that an additional 57 million have “pre-diabetes,” a condition known to eventually develop into diabetes. Many people don't even realize that they already have pre-diabetes or diabetes.
Olathe Health System offers a number of educational programs to help people live well with diabetes. Education includes information about signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment options and lifestyle changes. The Diabetes Education team provides resources to patients, including individual appointments, a pre-diabetes class, a diabetes support group and a diabetes self-management class.
Patients may be referred to our Diabetes Education services by their physicians or self-referred. The cost of some services may be covered by health insurance (individual policies vary, check with your insurance provider to verify coverage).
For more information or to schedule an appointment at Olathe Medical Center, call the Diabetes Education department at 913-791-4382.
For more information about programs at Miami County Medical Center in Paola, call 913-294-6638.
Certified diabetes educators teach risk factors, why routine screenings should be done and what steps you can take to prevent or delay diabetes. This class is offered at a variety times of day to accommodate most schedules.
This class is taught by certified diabetes educators and is appropriate for adults diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Topics covered include how to take medications effectively, healthy eating, benefits of exercise, monitoring and understanding blood sugar levels, coping strategies and risk reduction.
Diabetes support groups meet regularly at Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Medical Center. No referral or advance registration is required. There is no charge to attend. For more information about the Olathe group, please call 913-791-4382. For the Miami County Medical Center support group, call 913-294-6638.