Living with Diabetes

Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program

Approximately 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, ultimately affecting about 34.2 million Americans. If you have recently been diagnosed or are looking for further education regarding your Diabetes diagnosis, this program is right for you.

What is Diabetes Self-Management Education?

Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME) is a program that focuses on self-care behaviors such as healthy eating, being active, and monitoring blood sugars. These are all key steps in improving health outcomes and quality of life for people with diabetes.

DSME has been shown to help patients lower their A1c level by 0.57% on average.

What Will I Learn?

To help you reach your self-management goals, you’ll learn about:

Blood Sugar Numbers

  • How to check your blood sugar
  • What your blood sugar numbers mean
  • What you can do if your blood sugar is too high or too low


  • How the foods you eat affect your blood sugar
  • How to eat healthy and still enjoy the foods you love

Physical Activity 

  • How getting active helps lower your blood sugar numbers
  • How to increase your physical activity and set realistic goals


  • How your medicine works
  • How and when to take your medications
  • Potential side effects of your medication and when to call the doctor

Dealing with Stress 

  • How to plan for possible changes in health
  • How to deal with difficult times
  • How to find specialists you need to prevent future damage from diabetes
How Does It Work?
  • Our program consists of 10, one-hour sessions related to diabetes self-management.
  • We have year-round virtual classes and will offer in-person options throughout the year across Eastern North Carolina.
  • The cost of each class ranges from $6 to $20 depending on your insurance.
  • Click on the link below to register for your first class. After filling out the form, someone from our diabetes management team will give you a call to confirm your enrollment, provide you with the cost of the program, and collect your payment information.

In-person class schedule coming soon.

For more information, email your diabetes coach at or call (252) 639-9006 ext 2120.