About Our Educational Programs
At the Jefferson Diabetes Health Center in New Jersey, we are committed to educating you on a wide variety of issues related to your diabetes, including:
- Checking and monitoring your blood sugar levels
- Designing an individualized meal plan
- Understanding how exercise can help manage your condition
- Administering injections when necessary
- Making lifestyle adjustments and helping resolve family issues
Your Personalized Knowledge Assessment
Prior to being placed into one of our Diabetes Health Center programs, you'll undergo a full assessment to determine your diabetes knowledge level and any special needs you may have. You'll then begin participating in a program geared toward your specific needs and goals. The curriculum is tailored to the adult learner and includes interactive activities and practical information that can be put to use in your day-to-day life. Class sizes are limited to small group sessions or we can schedule a one-on-one appointment if needed. You may invite a family member or support person to attend your training session.
We promote teamwork between your physician and our staff of Certified Diabetes Educators, Registered Nurses and Registered Dieticians. Although we do not provide medical treatment, we are committed to ensuring that your doctor be kept up-to-date on your progress and/or any changes in your program. Both self-referrals and physician referrals are accepted. Our diabetes education classes are covered by most health insurance plans.
The Five Categories of Preventive Care
Did you know that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. and the leading cause of new blindness and non-traumatic amputations? It's also the major cause of end-stage kidney disease. Regular testing is a cornerstone to managing your diabetes. There are five tests that you should have that will help you control your blood sugar and prevent many of the common conditions that may be associated with diabetes:
Hemoglobin A1c is a common blood test that shows a patient's average blood sugar levels for the past two or three months. It measures how much of the hemoglobin is glycated (coated in sugar). Patients attending Jefferson's Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes, on average, lower their HbA1c by 1.6 percent. HbA1c should be checked more than 2 times per year. Between 81-100 percent of the diabetic population who attend Jefferson’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes have HbA1c testing done twice a year.
Yearly foot exams are very important to detect any loss of sensation in the feet, ulcers, sores, or infections. Patients attending Jefferson’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes have a 15.5 percent higher rate of receiving annual foot exams.
Yearly eye exams are recommended. Diabetics are at a higher risk of becoming blind than the average person. Other eye complications are common with diabetes. Patients attending Jefferson’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes also have a 23.3 percent higher rate of receiving yearly eye exams compared to CDC benchmarks.
Yearly flu shots are recommended for diabetics. On average, patients attending Jefferson’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes are 9.6 percent more likely to receive their annual flu shot.
Blood Sugar Monitoring
Home monitoring of blood sugar numbers is very important to maintain a healthy diabetes status. Patients attending Jefferson’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes are 9.4 percent more likely to check their blood sugars at home after participating in the program.
The Proof is in the Numbers
Jefferson's Diabetes Health Center has been proven successful in helping patients improve their health by lowering their blood sugar. A study of more than 800 people enrolled in the comprehensive program at Jefferson's Diabetes Health Center determined that, after six months, the average patient's blood sugar levels had improved by 15 percent. The data also showed a drop in hospitalizations and emergency room visits for people with diabetes who were involved in Jefferson's program.
People with diabetes can live healthy lives if they learn to manage their condition. A 10-year federally funded study determined people who followed a program of diabetes self-management reduced their risk of:
- New blindness by 76 percent
- Non-traumatic amputations by 60 percent
- Kidney disease by 56 percent
Awards & Recognition
- Jefferson's Comprehensive Diabetes Education Program has been awarded recognition by the American Diabetes Association for following the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.
- According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC), Jefferson Health's Comprehensive Diabetes and Nutrition Classes are above both the national and state benchmarks in preventative care.
To make an appointment for a personal consultation, please call 1-844-309-7708 for any of our three locations:
Diabetes Health Center
Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital
2201 Chapel Avenue, West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Diabetes Health Center
Jefferson Family Health Center
1 Somerdale Square (Near the intersection of White Horse Pike and White Horse Road)
Somerdale, NJ 08083
Diabetes Health Center
Jefferson Washington Township Hospital
445 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Suite A
Sewell, NJ 08080