Why choose Northwestern Medicine for your diabetes education?

Whether you’re trying to get diabetes under control or working to prevent it, Northwestern Medicine provides the comprehensive education and support you need at convenient locations in Geneva and Wheaton. All members of the Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) and Delnor Hospital diabetes education team are certified diabetes educators who are registered nurses or registered dietitians. Diabetes educators work closely with your doctor to support your care. You’ll also have:

  • Easy access to registered nurses and dietitians to help you with lifestyle changes, meal-planning and use of blood sugar meters and insulin pumps
  • Individual assessments, group classes and self-management training
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Connections to endocrinologists with advanced training in diabetes care.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment with Diabetes Education services:
Call 630.938.6400
TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833

*A physician order is required.

Comprehensive Services

Find the support you need to fight back against diabetes. You’ll have a wide range of trusted resources to help you stay healthy for life, including group training, individual assessment and specialized programs. The Diabetes Education program has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education*.

A host of helpful services are here for you, including:

  • Comprehensive training to help you use blood sugar monitors and insulin pumps
  • Educational materials for adults and children in English and Spanish
  • Meal planning support – with a flexible approach
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Spanish translators to assist you by phone during your diabetes training
  • Access to workout facilities at the Northwestern Medicine Delnor Health & Fitness Center, conveniently located to support your healthy lifestyle changes; membership is required

Diabetes educators at Northwestern Medicine are certified in the use of a wide array of insulin pumps and sensors. To learn if your specific pump or sensor is included, call 630.938.6400. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

Self-management Training

A step-by-step diabetes education program helps you take control of diabetes. After an initial meeting to review your health history, current health status and goals, you’ll complete a four-session training program. The specialists will review your blood pressure, A1C, blood sugar records and lipids throughout the program.

Topics include:

  • Adjusting to diabetes
  • Blood glucose monitoring and target goals
  • Carbohydrate counting and food labels
  • Heart health and meal planning
  • Learning about diabetes and related topics such as A1C
  • Foot care
  • Goal setting/review of goals
  • Health history review
  • Lifestyle changes, including healthy eating, exercise and balancing stress
  • Medications
  • Preventing and managing complications
  • Problem solving
  • Sick day management

Medicare covers diabetes training. Read more about what insurances Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital accepts at Insurances Accepted.

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Types of Diabetes

When you have diabetes, your body has a problem turning sugar (glucose) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin helps your cells absorb glucose. In diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use insulin as it should. Diabetes can take several forms:

  • Type 1 diabetes — when your body loses the ability to make insulin; this type of diabetes usually begins during childhood or adolescence
  • Type 2 diabetes — when your body develops a resistance to the action of insulin and can’t make enough insulin to overcome this resistance
  • Pre-diabetes — when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes — diabetes that begins during pregnancy
  • Pediatric diabetes — type 1 or type 2 diabetes affecting children

Prevention is Possible

Knowledge is the key to prevention. By getting the facts, understanding your risks and making healthy lifestyle changes, you can help prevent type 2 diabetes. Even small steps can make a big difference to your health. Learn about risks for diabetes*.

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