Managing Your Diabetes Starts with Education

Get the latest information and the support you need, all in one easy place.

Managing your diabetes starts with learning about it and having your questions answered, but it can be tough to gain the skills you need — especially if you haven’t been to an education program. Now, you can find the support and information you need to live well with diabetes — and we have everything you need, all in one easy place.

The Easy Way to Manage Your Diabetes

American Diabetes Association® Recognized Education Programs are ready to work with you to find practical solutions that fit your personal needs. Learn how to manage the link between diabetes and heart disease so that you can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Services

If you have type 2 diabetes, Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Services will help you navigate your diabetes journey. Here, you’ll find the direction, resources and support you need to succeed.

This program is designed to support you and help you become more confident and empowered as you learn to make your journey easier than ever. Work hand in hand with a diabetes educator during a series of personalized sessions to understand how to manage your diabetes. DSMES is a cost-effective tool, proven to improve health behaviors and health outcomes for people with diabetes. And here’s some good news: If your doctor refers you to a program, most insurance plans will often cover the cost!

Programs are just a click away.

Ready to get started?

Here are three easy steps you can take to empower your diabetes journey:

  1. Visit our site to find a program near you.
    When you visit our site, you’ll be able to answer questions so that you can find practical solutions that fit your individual needs.
  2. Ask your doctor for a referral.
    Wondering when the right time is to request a referral from your doctor?If you’ve never taken part in a diabetes education program or you’re newly diagnosed, requesting a referral from your doctor is a great place to start. Managing diabetes can be extra tough during times of transition, too. If you’ve recently experienced a change in your health or living situation, have started a new medication, received new insurance coverage or have had changes in access to food or money, we recommend asking for a referral.
  3. Start getting the support you need.
    If you have diabetes, there is a lot you can do. Talk to your doctor about your next steps and explore the resources we’ve created just for you.

Answers That Matter

We know how important it is to have your personal concerns heard and addressed. That’s why we created our monthly Ask the Experts series. Designed to help people with diabetes tackle commonly faced issues, this Q&A series provides a community where individuals can ask questions of our experts and hear from others who share similar experiences — all for free. Get your questions ready; answers are on their way.

Living with Type 2 Diabetes

Created for those recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the Living With Type 2 Diabetes program offers participants an opportunity to learn about diabetes and diabetes management gradually over a 12-month period. See what this free program — available in English and Spanish — provides.

Diabetes Food Hub™

Browse tasty recipes, create a shopping list and meal plan all in one place! Check out our healthy eating blog for the latest nutrition knowledge and meal prepping tips and tricks, and create an account for your free, all-access pass to hundreds of recipes and more. ¡Recibas en español Tambien!