USF Diabetes Center
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Diabetes Education Classes

Diabetes Self-Management Education

Diabetes education is essential for all people with diabetes. Learning to take care of yourself when you have diabetes can help reduce your risk of complications related to the disease and can help you feel better. You can take charge of diabetes.

You will need a referral from your doctor or nurse practitioner to attend diabetes education, as required by many insurance companies. Medicare and most private insurances reimburse for diabetes education. Call your insurance plan and ask how diabetes education is covered as a benefit. To inquire about scheduling classes or individual education, or to obtain a blank referral form for your provider, please call the USF Scheduling Department at (813) 974-2201. For further information about the program, please call the Diabetes Center at (813) 396-2580.

The Diabetes Education Program of the USF Diabetes Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the national standards for Diabetes Self-Management Training.

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Adult and Pediatric Diabetes Education (all types of diabetes): Tampa Insulin Pump Therapy Education: Tampa Diabetes Nutrition Education: Tampa Gestational Diabetes Education: Tampa

Up to 10 hours of comprehensive diabetes self-management is usually covered by insurance.

Education is available during clinical visits and during scheduled classes held at the Diabetes Center.

Topics addressed include:

  • Blood Sugar Testing
  • Blood Sugar Management
  • Meal Planning
  • Carbohydrate Counting
  • Exercise
  • Diabetes Medications and Medication Interactions
  • Stress Management
  • Sick Days

Individual appointments are also available for specific diabetes challenges or topics. Teaching is done in discussion and lecture style, with time for questions, along with hands on practicing. Families are encouraged to attend classes with the person with diabetes.

Families are encouraged to attend classes with the person who has diabetes.

Reminder: Please bring your completed diabetes assessment, your blood glucose meter, and your blood glucose log. You may also want to order the Wizdom Kit, a free education workbook for youth, from the American Diabetes Association, 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).

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The USF Diabetes Center specializes in insulin pump training for people with all types of diabetes. If you think the pump may the right fit for you, or simply want to learn more about insulin pumps, please contact us at (813) 396-2580.

Class Offered:

Exploring Insulin Pump Therapy- Is the pump right for me? (1 hour session)

Insulin Pump Training

  • Managing your diabetes on an insulin pump
  • Freedom from injections: Pump setup, basic pump functions, inserting an infusion set
  • Life style issues, return-demonstration of an infusion set change, medical follow-up

Individual nutrition appointments available for adults and children (and families) with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Small group classes are available that address the basics of nutrition for diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Advanced nutrition concepts for multiple daily injection therapy or insulin pump preparation are also recommended.

Specialized diabetes education classes for women with diabetes during pregnancy are available in South and North Tampa. Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes should see a diabetes educator within days of diagnosis. Topics covered in these sessions include:

  • Blood sugar monitoring and goals
  • Nutrition management
  • Long term health planning

Families are encouraged to attend classes with the person who has diabetes.

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