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Diabetes Education

Sanford Canby Medical Center offers a variety of services to provide basic knowledge, skills, problem solving techniques, and coping skills to the person with diabetes.  Our diabetes care team consists of two Certified Diabetes Educators (one Registered Dietitian and one Registered Nurse under the medical direction of an Internal Medicine Physician).  Both educators are also Certified Pump Trainers (CPTs) with Medtronic Minimed.  These services are available to people with a new diagnosis of diabetes as well as those previously diagnosed.

We offer:

  • Individual outpatient consultations are available for patients with a new diagnosis of diabetes, prediabetes, gestational diabetes and reinforcement for those with existing diabetes.  Blood glucose monitoring, medication management, initiation of insulin and dietary instruction are just a few of the topics covered.
  • Individualized diabetes diet assistance (Medical Nutrition Therapy) is available all year long.  Also specific diets for weight reduction, lipid control and low sodium - as well as others specified by your physician can be taught.
  • Choose insulin pump therapy.  Pre-pump training, pump initiation and follow-up are all available.  We can also insert a tiny glucose sensor under the skin - virtually painless - to be worn by our diabetes patients for 3-5 days.  Once it is removed and the data retrieved from the sensor our CDE and MD can view blood sugar patterns and problems that routine fingersticks may miss. 
  • Group classes designed with basic information or a refresher in diabetes management.
  • Support group with periodic education updates for persons with diabetes and their families to help them develop strategies for coping with diabetes on a daily basis.


Group Class Information:

  • Group classes are designed to provide diabetes patients with basic information or a refresher in diabetes management.  It is a medicare-covered service and is also covered by many insurance companies.
  • Group class is offered 2-3 times a year and broken into two or three sessions about two hours in length.  The two CDEs, (dietitian and RN) are both present to provide indepth education on diabetes care, blood sugar monitoring, medications, complications and preventative care.  Spouses are welcome to come also. 
  • Support group sessions are offered on Wednesdays at various times.  There are about eight sessions during one calendar year.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (507) 223-7277, ext. 264.