Diabetes is a challenging disease to live with, and we understand the struggles that people with diabetes face every day. To help ease this burden, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center offers comprehensive diabetes education services recognized by the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP) for quality patient education.

Education is the cornerstone of our programs. Self-management skills are essential survival skills that can help you avoid or delay the complications of disease. Because staying healthy can be challenging, we offer a number of ways to make it a little easier. Patients can attend both group classes and individual sessions. 

Group Classes

Group classes are designed to help patients and their families learn the beginning skills needed to live successfully with diabetes. We encourage you to bring a family member or friend with you.

  • Diabetes Management Classes
    Our diabetes management classes are led by a staff of certified diabetes educators, who are also registered nurses and/or registered dietitians. They provide practical advice on nutrition, medications, achieving better blood glucose control, hygiene, sick day management, community resources, techniques for combating stress and exercise. An individual pre-assessment and follow-up consultation is included. This program is designed to complement your doctor’s care, and a referral is required.

  • Prediabetes Management Class
    The American Diabetes Association defines prediabetes as blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Our prediabetes management class is aimed specifically at assisting those with prediabetes in adopting healthy lifestyle changes to prevent the onset of diabetes. Taught by a team of certified diabetes educators, the program includes a free glucometer and a 30-minute individual follow-up session with a diabetes educator. A physician's referral is required.

  • Gestational Diabetes Management Program
    This two-hour program is offered once a week for women diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy and is taught by certified diabetes educators. A physician's referral is required.

  • Insulin Pump Program
    This comprehensive program is for people with diabetes who are using or will be starting insulin pump therapy. Taught by certified diabetes educators who are specially trained in pump therapy instruction, this program includes how to use and maintain an insulin pump, plus important information about nutrition, carbohydrate counting, exercise and sick day, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia management. A physician's referral is required.


Individual Sessions

Individual session are also available for people who prefer learning in a more private, personalized setting or for those who have special learning needs.

Patients may benefit from attending both group classes and individual sessions. 

Please print the diabetes self-management training form and bring it with you to your first class.


Support Groups

Free diabetes support groups are available at a variety of Sentara locations.

At Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, our diabetes support group provides a friendly and supportive environment to share information and achievements, hear guest speakers and discuss concerns.

This group is accredited by the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. Registration for the diabetes management programs is not required. Sessions are open to the public.

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