For those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, or for those who are close to someone who has just received the news of their disease, attending diabetes classes is a great way to become well informed on this disease.
Diabetes classes offer a wealth of information, and sometimes, are even taught by someone with the disease. The purposes of the classes is not only to answer any questions that you might have, but also to inform. This is an important transition period and any guidance is helpful to make the necessary adjustments in lifestyle.
If attending classes in a brick and mortar setting are not feasible there are countless sessions that are held online. This option is much more convenient, especially for those who are having mobility issues.
Whether you attend online or in person there is generally a support staff or, at the least, online blogging and chat rooms that can offer a wealth of information and advise. This kind of contact also offers a lot as far as moral support for the individual.
The right class will be very informative in many areas. You will want to know in-depth information about the disease, the different types and how they differ, what triggers an episode, why it happens and how it happens. Treatment options should include what to do for hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes, when to seek help, the progression of the disease, insulin and how it relates, and glucose meters. Food-related areas that you will want to to cover are cooking, carb counting, ordering when eating out, desserts and portion control.
When you start investigating classes, it is important to find out if they require a referral from your doctor, as some will.