Diabetes Education Services
Although serious, diabetes is a manageable disease. Overlake’s Diabetes Education Services team teaches you how to manage your diabetes to help you lead a healthy life and reduce the risk of complications.
Your Diabetes Education Team
Overlake Medical Center's Diabetes Education Services has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. Our team approach to care is designed to help adults, their friends, support persons and family members learn and practice the skills needed to manage and control their diabetes.
Our team consists of registered nurses and dietitians that are Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). In addition, other healthcare providers are available to provide additional education specific to diabetes self-management. The diabetes education team provides comprehensive information to help you manage your diabetes.
The skills taught in diabetes education include:
- How to check your glucose levels.
- Healthy eating
- Importance of exercise.
- How to help reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications (both short- and long-term).
- Diabetes medications and how they work (pills and injections).
- Healthy coping (reducing stress).
- Problem solving.
- Device trainings.
You and your physician may decide to begin with individual consultations with a diabetes nurse educator and registered dietitian. You will learn ways in which to better manage glucose values to lessen risk of complications, set goals for managing your diabetes and work to develop a meal plan that fits your taste and lifestyle.
For appointments, call (425) 688-5700.
Diabetes Education Classes
Classes are led by certified diabetes educators and are offered several times each month in the morning. They are kept small to help individualize the information as much as possible. Some insurance policies (such as Medicare Part B) require that most diabetes education take place in a class setting. Prerequisite: Attend a one-on-one diabetes education session.
Note: In-person classes are postponed until further notice.
For more information, call (425) 688-5700.
Diabetes Community Education & Lectures
Overlake also offers free classes on a variety of diabetes-related topics to help you and your family. These are general overview sessions and are not meant to replace individual and group diabetes training.