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Diabetes Class Graduate Finds the Recipe for Success

logo EDCWhen C.S. was diagnosed with diabetes in 1993, she took a class that covered insulin use and carbohydrate counting. But when she recently saw a poster advertising free diabetes classes in a local cafe, she figured she could use an update on her condition.
“I wanted to learn what was new for diabetes self-management,” she said.
This past summer, the Shape Shop CafĂ© in Charleston, West Virginia hosted the series of free diabetes self-management education classes as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. EDC classes are coordinated by Quality Insights, the Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization in West Virginia.  
Through these classes, a Quality Insights nurse teaches people with diabetes and/or their caregivers the skills they need to be in control of their health. Consisting of six weekly classes, participants learn about diabetes risks, nutrition, weight management, how to properly manage medications and much more. Based on group interaction and working together, the classes empower and inspire the participants to feel confident about their health and themselves.
C.S. attended all of the classes in order to learn as much as she could about each of the topics. The first class in the series provided an overview and subsequent classes focused on specific diabetes-related topics.
One particular subject that proved helpful to C.S. was medication management.
“I did not know what classes of medication I was taking,” C.S. said. “The medication session helped me to understand better how my medications worked. Until the workshop, I did not realize there were so many different classes of diabetic medications.”
In addition to learning new information, C.S. was able to put that knowledge into practice. As a result, her A1c dropped from 8.6 to 7.5. Also, her total cholesterol number lowered, along with her LDL. Her HDL (the good cholesterol) number increased. Additionally, she has lost about 25 pounds since taking the classes. Seeing those numbers move has motivated C.S. to continue her efforts.
She hopes others will take the classes and reap the health benefits. She offers this advice for anyone considering attending diabetes self-management classes.
“Do it!” she said. “When you leave a doctor’s office you may have a prescription in your hand, but you may not understand where that medication fits into the spectrum of managing your diabetes. The workshop also helps you to be able to ask better questions of your physician. You might ask why the doctor is prescribing a particular medication for you.”
To learn more about Quality Insights’ free diabetes self-management education classes, contact Susie Sims at (304) 346-9864, ext. 3221 or via email.