Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)

Learn more about the DSMES program, designed to help people better control their diabetes.

What is DSMES?

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) 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 DSMES?

  • DSMES 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 DSMES. Call your health plan to see if yours does.

What will I learn from DSMES?

  • 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

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