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    Diabetes Education

    We offer a comprehensive diabetes management and education program for adults. Our nurse educators, clinical dietitians and a clinical social worker are Certified Diabetes Educators. We offer individually tailored and group education sessions for type 1 and type 2 diabetes self-management, including blood sugar (glucose) monitoring, nutrition guidelines, carbohydrate counting and meal planning, medication management, insulin adjustment and lifestyle change.

    The Center works closely with referring physicians to provide comprehensive patient management. Educators keep physicians informed of the patient’s progress and plan.

    Center for Diabetes Services
    3801 Sacramento Street (at Maple), 7th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    415-600-0506

    St. Luke's Diabetes Center
    3555 Cesar Chavez, 2nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    4150641-6826



    Free Event: Keys to a Vibrant Life with Diabetes

    Join us in celebration of World Diabetes Day for medical advice on healthy living with diabetes, education, cooking demonstrations and tastings, and inspirational personal stories.
    • Get tips to live a healthy and vibrant life with diabetes from endocrinologist Dr. Karen Earle.
    • Watch and sample a live cooking demonstration with celebrity chef Doreen Colondres.
    • Hear the journey of National Baseball Hall of Fame's Lou Brock who lives with type 2 diabetes.
    Where: CPMC - Pacific Campus, Enright Room, 2333 Buchanan St., San Francisco
    When: Friday, November 6th 5:45 - 8:00 p.m.

    To reserve a free seat: Register Online Opens new window or RSVP: JADT@novonordisk.com or 415-600-0120


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    Diabetes Management Classes

    Patients take a series of four classes and have two individual appointments in a three-month time period. This meets the requirements of the American Diabetes Association’s National Standards of Diabetes Self-management Education.

    Our comprehensive program includes:

    • Session 1: introduction to diabetes management, an individualized food plan, how to interpret home blood glucose values, A1C testing, relationship between nutrition, exercise, and medication.

    • Session 2: preventing complications, high and low glucose, what to do during illness, carbohydrate counting for everyday situations, dining out, food labels, goal setting.

    • Session 3: meal planning, cholesterol/heart health, diabetes changes over time, activity.

    • Nurse visit: glucose monitoring, pattern management, foot exam, medication issues.

    • Dietitian visit: meal plan review, carbohydrate counting advanced.

    • Session 4: A1C retest, strategies for ongoing success, free resources (Calorie King book).

    See also: Services for People with Type 1 Diabetes

    Continuous Glucose Monitoring
    An advanced program that allows for real-time, continuous glucose readings. This information allows an in-depth look into challenging glucose patterns in order to optimize control. Ideal for those taking insulin (both Type 1 and 2), those with complicated diabetes medication regimes or individuals who experience frequent episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). During the first session, participants attend an introductory class and are placed on the continuous glucose monitoring device. One week later, the device is removed, data is downloaded and the information is analyzed. Offered twice a month. Patients new to our center will need a one-hour, pre-class appointment.

    Referral required; call for assistance, or dates and times.
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    Prediabetes Classes

    This two-part series will help you to understand the factors which can lead to diabetes, and how you can make lifestyle changes to prevent it. The first class covers how diabetes develops, prevention diet, exercise, and other issues. The second class covers how to overcome obstacles to change, and setting goals for a healthy regimen.

    See also: Healthwise: What is Prediabetes
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    Current Class Schedule

    See: Current Classes Schedule for exact days and times of each class

    Diabetes - Individual Education (Type 1 or 2)
    Individual appointments for Diabetes Education. Available for those needing specific counseling (for example, insulin therapy initiation), or for those with special needs (physical limitations, non-English speaking, etc.). The American Diabetes Association recognizes this education service as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. This dynamic, research-based program is patient-focused and taught by our expert staff of nurses, dietitians and a clinical social worker. Referral required. Call for appointment.

    Diabetes - Type 2 education -- Class #1 (of 4)
    First of a series of four classes for people with Type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recognizes this education service as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. The series of classes and one-on-one appointments are tailored to meet individual needs. This dynamic, research-based program is patient-focused and taught by our expert staff of nurses, dietitians and a clinical social worker.

    Diabetes - Type 2 education -- Classes 2-3-4
    Second, Third and Fourth of a series of four classes for people with Type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recognizes this education service as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. The series of classes and one-on-one appointments are tailored to meet individual needs. This dynamic, research-based program is patient-focused and taught by our expert staff of nurses, dietitians and a clinical social worker.

    Diabetes - Prediabetes Class 1 of 2
    Part 1 of a 2-part program designed to teach you the tools proven in research to prevent diabetes. Medicare insurance does not cover prediabetes education.

    Diabetes - Prediabetes Class 2 of 2
    Part 1 of a 2-part program designed to teach you the tools proven in research to prevent diabetes. Medicare insurance does not cover prediabetes education.

    Diabetes- Adult Endocrinology Services
    A multidisciplinary clinic with the goal of managing difficult-to-control Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Patients are seen by an endocrinologist (a doctor who specializes in diabetes), certified diabetes educators (registered nurses, dietitians and social workers) and medical residents. Patients will meet with different members of the team depending on specific needs. Referral required. Call for appointment.

    Diabetes--Intensive Management Series -- Class 1 of 2
    An advanced insulin management program designed for people with Type 1 diabetes and people who are interested in an insulin pump. Patients new to our center will need a 1½ hour, pre-class appointment. Topics include: carbohydrate counting, finding your insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio and adjustment of insulin to meet your target goal.

    Diabetes--Intensive Management Series -- Class 2 of 2
    An advanced insulin management program designed for people with Type 1 diabetes and people who are interested in an insulin pump. Patients new to our center will need a 1½ hour, pre-class appointment. Topics include: carbohydrate counting, finding your insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio and adjustment of insulin to meet your target goal.

    Diabetes--Continuous Glucose Monitoring
    An advanced program that allows for real-time, continuous glucose readings. This information allows an in-depth look into challenging glucose patterns in order to optimize control. Ideal for those taking insulin (both Type 1 and 2), those with complicated diabetes medication regimes or individuals who experience frequent episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). During the first session, participants attend an introductory class and are placed on the continuous glucose monitoring device (Dexcom). One week later, the device is removed, data is downloaded and the information is analyzed. Offered monthly. Patients new to our center will need a 1½-hour, pre-class appointment.

    "Move to Improve" Exercise and Movement Class
    A FREE class for people with diabetes or people who are at-risk for diabetes (pre-diabetes). Classes are on a drop-in basis but are subject to a doctor's prescription and release form. For questions or to obtain a physician release form, call 415-641-6826 or email hallene@sutterhealth.org

    Choose from two locations and two days:
    Every Tuesday, 11 AM - 12 PM
    Bayvew YMCA Gymnasium
    1601 Lane Street @ Revere
    (You do not need a YMCA membership)

    Every Thursday, 11 AM - 12 PM
    St. Luke's Campus
    Griffin Room - 1st Floor
    3555 Cesar Chavez @ Valencia

    Review Class
    If you have completed our education course, come and refresh your diabetes self-management skills. Join our dedicated team of certified diabetes educators and also learn from each other.

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    Current Support Groups

    See: Current Support Groups Schedule Adult Diabetes Support Groups
    These on-going support groups provide an opportunity to share experiences and learn new strategies from other adults with diabetes. Meetings are facilitated by a Social Worker and Certified Diabetes Educator.

    Diabetes Daytime Support Group
    Adult Diabetes Support Group provides an opportunity to share experiences and learn new strategies. Moderated by a certified diabetes educator. Free. Call for topics 415-600-0506.

    Diabetes Type 1 Insulin Pump Support Group
    On-going insulin pump support group for patients using or considering an insulin pump. Join this energetic group of pumpers and Type 1 diabetics and share your experiences as you learn new strategies from others. Topics set by group members. Meetings facilitated by a Social Worker, Certified Diabetes Educators and fellow pumpers. Free. Call for topics 415-600-0506.


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    Learn More About Your Health

    For more information on classes and other diabetes related services available at California Pacific Medical Center, please visit our Health Information section.


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