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Diabetes Education

Fairfield Memorial Hospital is pleased to be able to provide Southeastern Illinois’ first Diabetes Self Management Program.
What is Diabetes Education?
Diabetes Education can provide you and your family with increased knowledge about diabetes, help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and teach self-management skills.
Will I need a referral?
Yes, a physician’s referral is necessary to participate in the Diabetes Outpatient Education Program.
How is education offered?
  • Individual educational sessions
  • Group classes
  • Diabetic support groups
  • Diabetic health fairs
Who will teach me?
  • Certified Diabetes Educator, Primary Educator
  • Physician
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Social Worker
  • Pharmacist
  • Wound Care Specialist
  • Foot Care Specialist
  • Physical Therapist
What will I learn about?
  • The different types of diabetes
  • Meal planning/nutrition
  • The importance of physical activity and exercise
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose
  • Medications (oral and insulin) associated with the treatment of diabetes
  • Acute and long term complications of the disease
  • Sick day management
  • Community resources, and much, much more
What are some symptoms of Diabetes?
  • Frequent passing of urine
  • Frequent drinking of liquids
  • Frequent eating of food
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Changes in behavior
Who can have Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 Diabetes used to be people forty years of age or older. Now we are seeing it in overweight pre-teens and teenagers. A Type 2 Diabetic is still making some insulin, but it doesn’t work very well in helping the body use sugar.


Diabetes Education Office
618-842-2611, Ext. 231
Office hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday


To download the Diabetes Self-Management Program Session Materials, click here
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