Diabetic Education

When you have diabetes, taking care of yourself can seem overwhelming. Whether you have been newly diagnosed or had it for a long time, educating yourself is critical to managing diabetes. Rush Memorial Hospital offers classes to give you the tools and support you need to manage all aspects of your diabetes.

Free Diabetes Self-Management Education

Referral Required

Diabetes can be challenging to manage when you do not fully understand it. Rush Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education course offers the tools and education you need to control your diabetes instead of letting it control you.

The DSME course is free and led by Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCES) who are available to help patients set goals and manage their diabetes with a specific plan. The course participants will meet over a three-week span, with one meeting each week. A referral from your primary care provider is required.

What is Diabetes Self-Management Education?

Diabetes self-management education is working with a diabetes educator on things that matter to you, such as:

  • Understanding how your medication works
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring
  • How to plan meals to improve blood glucose control
  • Making lifestyle changes such as staying active to improve health
  • Eating healthy
  • Managing stress effectively and healthy coping
  • Increasing your sense of control and well-being
  • Insulin injection education
  • Diabetic emergency preparedness


The Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists can provide individual education sessions for those not able to attend the group DSME course sessions. These sessions are tailored to meet the individual’s health-related goals.

Free Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is led by Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCES) who work with prediabetic individuals to make positive changes and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  This is a FREE 12-month program that meets for one hour on a weekly basis.

The overall goals for participants of this program are:

  • Lose 5-7% of their weight
  • Add activity to their schedule at a minimum of 150 minutes per week
  • Eat a balanced diet

What are the requirements for the program?

To be eligible to participate in the DPP a person must be age 18 or older, have a body mass index of 25 or higher, not have a previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and not be pregnant.
One requirement below must also be met to participate:

  • Diagnosed with prediabetes
  • Previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes
  • High-risk result on prediabetes risk test

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