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Diabetes Education

1701 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201  | ph. 573.815.3870  |  fax. 573.815.3816

Boone Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is centered on a series of classes led by health care professionals and designed to help you understand how you can live successfully with Type I or Type II diabetes. Our team includes Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Registered Nurse, and Certified Diabetes Educators. 

The program can be customized to fit your individual needs. For many patients, the diabetes management education they receive is a life-changing experience. 

Our program is certified by the American Diabetes Association (click here to find out what this means) and is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. A referral from a physician is required before you can participate in the program.  If you have any questions or concerns, call 573.815.3870.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic illness that causes blood sugar to remain higher than normal. In a person with diabetes, the pancreas makes little or no insulin, or the body does not use the insulin made by the pancreas.

While some people with diabetes have no symptoms, many experience one or more of the following:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Slow-healing cuts/wounds
  • Rapid weight loss

Why come to our clinic for diabetes education?

Our team of registered dietitians, registered nurse, and certified diabetes educators can work with you on short- and long-term plans. People with diabetes need to understand how foods, nutrition and medications affect their bodies to successfully manage the disease. Our team provides detailed information about how to eat and practical tips for addressing daily challenges. A team member can collaborate with you to come up with the best plan to manage your diabetes based on food preferences, level of physical activity and lifestyle choices. 

Our services include: 

  • Intensive diabetes management
  • Gestational diabetes education
  • Enrichment classes
  • Nutrition consultations
  • Insulin initiation
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Continuous glucose monitoring

What should I expect?

Generally, our first initial visits last about one hour, and our follow up visits after that usually last around 30 minutes. We also offer diabetes education classes. These classes last 2 hours each and are part of a four-class series that is individualized based on your needs, so may be longer or shorter. Learning to manage diabetes is complicated and dynamic so you may need multiple visits across three to six months. Yearly follow ups are recommended – at these visits you learn new information about diabetes, nutrition and what works best for you!

Patient resources

New patient paperwork
Food/Blood Glucose logs

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1600 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
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