What is Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)? It is a dynamic program in which people with diabetes gain knowledge, self-management skills, and support needed to make changes to better manage their diabetes through ever-changing life situations. It is an interactive, ongoing process engaging the person with diabetes, the caregiver or family, and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). The aim of DSMES is not only achieving health targets but also improving quality of life.

Diabetes monitoring hardware and smart phone app

Diabetes in a Nutshell & Monitoring

1st Tues or Thurs of every month

  • List behaviors that help you manage your diabetes
  • Describe how diabetes affects your body
  • Important lab tests, meaning of results & goals
  • Understand how monitoring is key to self-managing diabetes
Diabetes medications

Healthy Coping & Taking Medications

2nd Tues or Thurs of every month

  • Identify Diabetes Distress and healthy coping strategies
  • Explain your role in diabetes self-management
  • Identify medications available to help manage diabetes
  • Understand side effects, tips and storage of medications
Exercise class

Healthy Eating & Being Active

3rd Tues or Thurs of every month

  • Use the plate method to create balanced meals
  • Classifications/effects of different diabetes medications
  • Identify sources of carbohydrates & why they affect blood glucose
  • List the benefits of physical activity
  • Develop a personal activity plan
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Reducing Risks & Problem Solving

4th Tues or Thurs of every month

  • List common long-term complications associated with diabetes
  • State steps to reduce the risks for complications
  • Apply problem-solving techniques to help solve diabetes problems
  • Demonstrate where to find resources and support to help manage diabetes

If you’re interested in attending classes talk to your Medical Point of Contact.

Family members can come along with you!

If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 988 and press 1, or Text 838255. You can also call 911.