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Support + Education

To live well, people living with diabetes and their families need skills, accurate information, adequate tools, and the support of others including family, friends, and healthcare providers. Self-management of diabetes is as important as proper medical care. Healthy daily living requires many skills. Education and support can occur in informal support groups, in individualized and/or formal group diabetes education classes, or a combination of both.

Need to learn more about managing diabetes? There are several accredited diabetes self-management programs. These classes are built around the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) "7 self-care behaviors". Classes aim to promote and teach people with diabetes to be active, to eat healthy, daily monitoring, how to take medication, reduce risks, problem solve and healthy coping habits for successful diabetes management. Find one near you today!


Managing diabetes is challenging. Find a support groups to connect with others living with diabetes. Support groups may be formal led by a professional while others are informal led by people like you.


It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about stress. Find resources to help you learn healthier ways to manage stress.


Often we don’t have time to go to a class or a support group. Check out some online resources to help you learn more about managing your diabetes.