Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support, DSMES, is an evidence-based program accredited through the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).  

The program is for persons diagnosed with diabetes and looking for tools to manage the disease. DSMES are on-going programs that should be repeated every 1-2 years.  In 2015, the ADA, AADE, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) released a joint statement on essential times referrals should be made to DSMES programs. 

  • Person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. 
  • Person should have annual review of education, nutrition, and emotional needs.
  • Person experiencing new complicating factors that affect their self-management. 
  • Person has a transition of care.  

To view the complete statement, click the link here. 

The classes will teach you the following:

How to manage blood sugar levels

How foods affects blood sugar levels

How to increase physical activity and set realistic goals

How to control complications from diabetes

How to reduce costs associated with diabetes

Medication Management

Dealing with Stress

Diabetes Self-Management Education 

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These programs can be offered in an individual setting or group setting. During the one-on-one setting, you will create a plan that fits your lifestyle needs. In the group setting, you will have the opportunity to convene with other individuals with diabetes and discuss concerns and strategies for healthier living.