3 1/2 day insulin workshop

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The 3½-day class is for people with insulin-treated diabetes.

The workshop meets for ½ day on Monday and all day the following Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The 3½-day class is recommended for people who require insulin to control diabetes. This includes individuals with newly diagnosed or longstanding type 1 diabetes and many people with insulin-treated type 2 diabetes.

Participants attend classes on 4 consecutive days. The workshop meets for ½ day on Monday and all day the following Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A family member is encouraged to attend.

The program is excellent … Instructors are well qualified. They are passionate and dedicated to excellence.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • Understand diabetes: its types, its causes and effects, and the goals of treatment
  • Effective ways of managing lifestyle changes: exercise, diet, meal planning, weight management and prevention of low blood sugar
  • How to manage insulin: principles of usage, modes of action, the best regimen, dose adjustments
  • How to test blood sugar and ketones and develop skills for adjusting therapy
  • How to prevent and manage potential complications, both acute and chronic
  • How to recognize the psychosocial issues: emotional adjustment to diabetes mellitus, the role of family and support groups

Program outline

3½-Day Program for Insulin Treated Diabetes*

Each day will allow for individual time to discuss diabetes care regimen with educators.
MONDAY: Check-in either at 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. (to be scheduled)

Each consultation will take approximately 1 hour:

  • Diabetes-focused consultation and physical exam with an diabetologist
  • Consultation with certified diabetes dietitian educator
  • Consultation with certified diabetes nurse educator

TUESDAY: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


  • Introductions/Educational needs assessment
  • Goals of treatment
  • Introduction to carbohydrates
  • Counting carbohydrates using exchange lists
  • Sweeteners and sugar substitutes
  • Reading food labels


Defining diabetes

  • Types
  • Causes
  • Treatment
  • New research


  • Purposes, actions and interactions
  • Over-the-counter medications


  • Individual evaluation of diabetes management
  • Consultation with physician/diabetologist

WEDNESDAY: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Acute complications

  • Problem solve Hyperglycemia/Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes ketoacidosis/sick day planning
  • Problem solving with blood sugar records

Basal & Bolus insulin therapy


  • Review of carbohydrates
  • Weight management
  • Alcohol precautions
  • Information on cholesterol and dietary fats
  • Exercise guidelines
  • Sodium recommendations
  • Ketone physiology and management


  • Individual evaluation of diabetes management
  • Consultation with physician/diabetologist

THURSDAY: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Acute complications

  • Chronic complications including foot, skin and dental care
  • What they are and preventive care strategies
  • Preconception care, pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Standards of care
  • Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study
  • A1c measurements


  • Setting goals to improve diabetes management
  • Review of questions
  • Group discussion
  • Family support
  • Community resources


  • Consultation with physician/diabetologist
  • Individual evaluation of diabetes management

Course outline subject to change, depending upon class needs.

Quotes provided anonymously on patient program evaluations.

©2007-2018 Collective work Martha Nolte Kennedy,
The Regents of the University of California.
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