Diabetes education

If you or a loved one has diabetes, you’re not alone. At Edward-Elmhurst Health, our goal is to help you learn to manage your diabetes to achieve your best health—and we’ll be right beside you every step of the way.

Our certified diabetes educators provide individualized education and counseling and all the tools you’ll need to keep your diabetes under control.

Diabetes programs to meet your needs

Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, our diabetes team will work with you to develop a care plan designed specifically for you.

We’ll point you to the classes and counseling sessions you need, and our diabetes educators will provide expert guidance through group sessions and one-on-one instruction. Here are some of the specific services we provide:

  • Type 1 diabetes – adult, teen and children’s classes
  • Pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes
  • La diabetes – Spanish diabetes education en Español
  • Diabetes during pregnancy
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Glucose sensor training
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Online classes
  • Support groups

We encourage you to bring a family member or friend with you to your sessions. We welcome your questions and discussion at any time during the sessions.

Type 1 diabetes – adult, teen and children’s classes

These typically one-on-one sessions focus on controlling your diabetes by maintaining your blood sugar level within a normal range using a combination of insulin therapy, diet and exercise. Sessions for children and teens are fun and friendly, and tailored specifically for kids and their parents.

Pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes

In this four-step class, you’ll learn about the most common form of diabetes (type 2) and what you can do to postpone or prevent it if you have pre-diabetes. You’ll be given a blood glucose meter and shown how to use it to monitor your glucose levels. You’ll also receive instruction on medication, nutrition, diabetes complications and heart health, among other topics.

La diabetes – Spanish diabetes education en Español

Nuestro personal se ha comprometido a ayudar a las personas y sus familias a obtener las habilidades y conocimientos necesarios para manejar su diabetes y vivir la vida al máximo.

Diabetes during pregnancy

This class, for women who develop diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), teaches you about the condition, how to use a blood glucose monitor and how to target safe blood glucose levels for your best health and the health of your baby.

Insulin pump therapy

These individualized training sessions help patients transition from multiple injections to an insulin pump that delivers insulin around the clock through a catheter placed under the skin.

Glucose sensor training

A glucose sensor is a fine filament that is inserted just under the skin to monitor glucose levels continuously. The data from the sensor can identify problem areas and evaluate changes made in your treatment plan. We’ll give you information on how to wear it, log daily information, and understand the reports it generates for you and your doctor.

Medical nutrition therapy

Our registered dietitians help you manage your diabetic condition, high cholesterol and/or kidney disease with individualized meal plans and lifestyle changes.

Online classes

Edward Hospital’s Diabetes Center offers web-based education:

  • First Steps to Healthy Eating: Learn more about nutrition and diabetes. Watch video in English or Spanish.
  • Understanding Diabetes: Explains the basics of how to understand and manage diabetes. Watch video.
  • Heart Healthy Eating: Discusses the American Diabetes and American Heart Guidelines for Fat, Cholesterol, Salt and Fiber. Watch video.
  • Carbohydrate Counting: Reviews food groups, how to count carbohydrates and read food labels for meal planning. Watch video.
  • Preventing Complications: What are the complications from high blood sugars and how we can prevent them from happening. Watch video.
  • Exercise: How much exercise is really needed and how can we help you work it into your day. Watch video.
  • Medications: Lists and explains how all the major medications used for diabetes work in the body. Watch video.

Support groups

Elmhurst Hospital offers support groups at the main hospital campus, located at 155 E. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst IL 60126:

Type 2 Diabetes Support Group for Adults and Caregivers
Meets first Wednesday of every month from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Elm Room, lower level (use east entrance)

Insulin Pump Support Group
Meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Birch Room, lower level (use east entrance)

For more information, call the Diabetes Learning Center at 331-221-6440.