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Diabetes Self-Management Program

Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County

Diabetes is a serious chronic disease affecting our nation and is a widespread problem in our own community. About 1/3 of people today who have diabetes don't know they have the disease.  Diabetes is characterized by high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood due to the body's problem with insulin production, insulin action, or both.  If left untreated, it can result in kidney disease, limb amputation, blindness, and nervous system damage.  The cost associated with treating these conditions is steep, about 2.4 times greater on average than someone without diabetes.
~ 80% of participants who completed at least 75% of all classes submitting a pre-program A1C report and a 6-month post-program A1C report saw an average improvement of .47% in their A1C.
~ Participants overwhelmingly indicate on program evaluation and customer satisfaction surveys that the classes provided valuable information that helps them better manage their diabetes.
~ On average, participants who attended at least 75% of the classes had the most success.  So full participation is important!
From 2007 to 2010, the proportion of Hillsborough County's population that was diagnosed with diabetes nearly doubled.  The image of diabetes deaths indicate the areas of our county where the greatest number of deaths due to diabetes occurred from 2005 to 2009.  Darker areas correspond to more deaths, while lighter areas correspond to fewer deaths.
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County recognizes the threat diabetes poses to the community and provides diabetes self-management education. Education sessions are located in areas of the county where deaths due to diabetes are highest and where notable gaps in services exist.
Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) classes are not a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or health management by a physician or other health care provider.  These classes do extend education and support received through providers and reinforces the importance of lifestyle in disease management  Much of diabetes management rests in the hands of the individual and daily self-care such as monitoring blood sugar, taking medications, problem-solving, following a healthy diet, and participating in regular physical activity, all necessary to maintain adequate control and reduce diabetic complications.  DSME is a powerful tool that can be used to facilitate improved self-care through education, support, and development of coping and problem-solving skills.
DSME is led by a Registered Dietitian, supported by Registered Dietitians, Registered Nurses, and Health Educators.  This program is based on the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.  Provider Referrals are encouraged.