diabetes education?

By redwingluver9398 Latest Reply 2009-10-02 00:38:32 -0500
Started 2009-09-29 09:24:23 -0500

I was diagnosed Type 2 in March, but never had the benefit of a diabetes education class. Do you think it's too late? I don't know what they teach in the classes, and I certainly don't claim to know everything about diabetes. I just don't know what I would learn in the class… Any input would be appreciated. Thank you!!!!

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redwingluver9398 2009-10-01 20:28:16 -0500 Report

(although I haven't gone yet—waiting on the referral)it seems to me that the classes would have to be generalized in order to cover everyone. Some information may not pertain to each individual case but will help enough folks so they put it out there. Rather than find it as a fault that it's not helping you at the moment, it maybe helping someone else. {I hope I don't sound preachy…I haven't even been yet…lol}

SkipT 2009-10-01 17:11:34 -0500 Report

The only issue I had with my diabetic instructor in the class I took was that they still subscribe to the ADA idea of eating a lot of carbs. They told me I could have 150 grams of carbs a day! I low carb on 30 grams a day (6-12-12 program) and was able to get myself off both of the meds I was taking. I still think the class was worth it.

2009-10-01 12:50:54 -0500 Report

I don't think it is ever too late to take a class. I would go for it if I were you. I'm sure you would learn alot more than what you might think.

Jipwhip 2009-09-30 13:16:07 -0500 Report

A class is a good step to take. I had one when first diagnosed and it helped to explain a lot to me. I understood a lot of stuff I was reading better after the class. I find the classes very useful. The one I was in had a couple of people who have had the class before, but had been many years ago. They said a lot of things had changed since their last class and were glad they took the new one. Educating oneself is the best thing you can do to learn about diabetes. Then from there you will start to see the pieces fall together for you. Best of luck to you in your class. You just took a giant step forward for yourself.

lipsie 2009-09-30 12:08:59 -0500 Report

It's never too late for classes in my opinion! Yeah I am going to look into classes here too, I have not done that yet either. Good luck! Sheila

Vanessa Wysper
Vanessa Wysper 2009-09-30 11:23:01 -0500 Report

I really hate to say this, but I have found that diabetes education classes are too dumbed down to be very helpful. All diabetics are basically lumped into one treatment plan. They don't explain the pathology, the hows and whys. The classes are WAY too generalized. Then when the "basic" treatment doesn't work, you doctors all label you as noncompliant because you don't fit into a nice little grouping.
YOU will be the best Dr. for treating your diabetes. You have to know how YOUR body reacts. You can't treat diabetes unless you have a full understanding of what is happening in your body.
I found Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution book. Hokey title, but sooo fascinating. He's not an endocrinologist, he's a diabetologist, and he has type 1. Brilliant man. I learned more from the book about both types and the differences than I learned from any diabetes class or endo.
Dr.s are good for getting your tests and prescriptions, but they see so many people, they don't know anything about you. You have to be your own advocate.
Get to a class for the general info, write down a list of questions before you go, and keep learning, keep learning, keep learning! You are your best educator!

BodyForce 2009-10-01 20:45:08 -0500 Report

I have worked with mostly type II folks and their needs. I provide input from a dietician and an RN that I have access to. We have found that most folks that haven't crossed over to type I may get some improved results from diet , exercise and weight loss. If any one out there is interested in trying some different type of health supplement that can cause them to finally get off of the type II rollercoaster please email me at: bodyforce@cfl.rr.com small

redwingluver9398 2009-09-30 11:03:31 -0500 Report

So I called my local CDE and she has to get a referral from my primary doctor. Once she gets the referral, then she'll call me back and set up a class. Thank you for all of your inputs! I'm excited for this class!

Sarguillo 2009-09-29 19:12:05 -0500 Report

Never too late to take a class. I have been a T2 for 12 years now and just took a class a year ago. They are always learning new things about what we have. I learned new ways of dealing with being a diabetic at this class and I thought I knew it all. Im still learning new and exciting ideas from this board. Please, take the class if you can. in a few years from now, take another and compare them. They wont be the same class, even if taught by the same person.
Good luck.

Blue Moon
Blue Moon 2009-09-29 15:14:31 -0500 Report

I find that the classes helped me learn about what types of food to eat and the portion sizes. I didn't know that my fruit intake was excessive and I needed to cut back a little. It is also a way to discuss your concerns with others about eating out and what to look for on the menu. Overall it makes one a more informed individual. I strongly encourage others to go. As well, depending on the dietitian teaching the course there are one on one sessions if needed.

KarenH 2009-09-29 14:29:11 -0500 Report

It's never too late! I went to a class after 10 years of being diabetic and learned a great deal. The class was held at one of the local hospitals and they have an ongoing followup class once a month for free. It has been a great for me! Karen

hbkunkel 2009-09-29 09:43:46 -0500 Report

I have been a t2 diabetic for 13 years and recently an elderly friend of mine was diagnosed and will be going to classes starting next week. Since she doesn't drive and she can take a friend with her, I am going to the classes with her. As my doctor says it is a win-win situation for both of us because alot has changed in 13 years and I will be doing the nutrition classes with her too and that is great for me. I think everyone should take advantage of the classes. You will better understand your own body and usually get tips on things that you might not have thought of. I would take them if I were in your shoes.
Hugs, Betsie

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-09-29 09:30:20 -0500 Report

The more you learn, the better you'll be able to control your blood sugars. I really believe it's that simple. You should definitely find a class in your area. Or you could find a Certified Diabetes Educator in your area and schedule a one-on-one appointment. Either way, I think you would definitely gain important insights about your diet and your treatment plan.

Here's a link to find a diabetes educator.

Best of luck.

redwingluver9398 2009-09-29 09:53:56 -0500 Report

thank you for the website. I had used that site when I was first diagnosed but couldn't get in before we moved in June. I've put in a call to a local RN-CDE, and hopefully I can get into a class soon. Thank you again!

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