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Diabetes Education

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which your body does not produce enough insulin or is unable to properly use the insulin that it does produce. Insulin is a hormone that is essential to change sugars, starches, and other food into an energy source that can be used by your body.

The food you eat, is turned into glucose, and then transferred into your blood system. Insulin helps glucose absorb into your body’s cells. Without insulin, glucose is unable to reach cells and provide the energy needed for daily life.

Howard County Medical Center provides a diabetes education program that is certified through the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Education Self-Management classes are available either “one on one” or in group settings. Francine Rasmussen, RN and Registered Dietitian, Jill Paulsen team with the patient to provide the most customized experience possible.


What is the cost?

There is a cost associated with self-management diabetes education classes; however, the cost can be billed to commercial insurance in addition to Medicare. It is wise to check with your insurance company prior to enrolling in the classes, which are typically made available through a provider referral.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Patient Accounts Representatives who are willing and able to help you with any questions you may have.


What Can I Expect to Learn?

  • The disease process
  • Appropriate medication
  • Good exercise habits
  • Glucometer teaching
  • Sick day care
  • Nutritional menus & tips
  • Any additional training as needed

What's Next?

If you feel that you or someone you know could benefit from our personalized Diabetes Education class, please make an appointment with your medical provider, to see how you or your loved one can be referred!

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