Diabetes Education* Self-Management Program

Diabetes Education and Self-Management can help you learn how to achieve control of your diabetes and diabetes related issues.

  • A1C less than 7.0%
  • Fasting glucose between 80 and 130 mg/dl
  • 2-hours after meal glucose under 180mg/dl
  • Blood pressure under 140/90
  • LDL under 100
  • Triglycerides under 150
  • Cholesterol under 200
  • HDL greater than:
    • 40 for men
    • 50 for women
  • Microalbumin under 30

If you need help getting your diabetes under control, ask your doctor to refer you for diabetes education.

What Can YOU Do? Learn Self-Management

Your diabetes education experience will begin with an appointment where your educator will get to know you and your individual needs. Followed by more sessions to fine-tune your self-management skills. You will learn about nutrition, monitoring, exercise, medication and other components of the self-management program.

Course Content

  • Diabetes Disease Process
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Monitoring
  • Medications
  • Acute Complications
  • Chronic Complications
  • Goal Setting and Problem Solving
  • Psychosocial Adjustment
  • Preconception Care
  • Gestational Diabetes


Learn to make healthy, informed food choices, plan meal contents and time – best suited to your lifestyle. You will receive help with general meal planning, label reading, dietary choices and coordinating information about sodium, fat and other dietary allowances.


Exercise is a key component to your blood sugar control and good health. Learn when and how to safely add enjoyable exercise to your life.

Glucose Monitoring

Learn how and why you monitor blood sugar levels. Learn how to use your results to improve control and decrease risk of complications.


If your diabetes cannot be controlled with diet and exercise alone, your doctor may prescribe medication. Learn how your medication works and when and how to take it for maximum benefit. Learn about complications and ways to reduce your risks.

Let us teach you to take control of your diabetes and take back your life. Your diabetes education team will provide support and reassurance along the way through education and counseling.


As part of the Diabetes Self-Management Program, participants receive follow-up calls to evaluate progress towards goals, encouragement and help with concerns.


Medicare patients are eligible for 10 hours of Diabetes Self Management Training the first year and are eligible to receive 2 hours of follow up training each calendar year!

Diabetes Education Referral Form

Keyser Diabetes Support Group Meeting
There will be a Free Diabetes Support Group Meeting held at the Diabetes Center (135 Potomac Plaza, Keyser) on the fourth Monday of every month at 4:00 p.m. The topics will be different every month. Contact Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Valerie Starcher at 304-597-3774 for more information.