What is DSME/T?

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training (DSME/T) is a program for people with diabetes to gain the knowledge and skills to make behavior changes and better control their diabetes and related conditions.

This evidence-based practice accounts for the needs, goals and life experiences of the participant.

What to expect from DSME/T?

  • DSME/T workshops meet 2½ hours once a week for six weeks, and are usually held in community settings such as churches, community centers, libraries and hospitals.
  • People with type 2 diabetes attend the workshop in groups of 12-16. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders with diabetes themselves.
  • The cost of the program varies. Most health insurance plans cover DSME/T. Call your health plan to see if yours does.

What will I learn from DSME/T?

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes
  • Recommendations for physical activity
  • Healthy eating guidance
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • How to work with your doctor to manage your diabetes

Additional Resources


This information is provided by Diabetes Prevention and Control within the Department of Public Health.