UM Charles Regional's Center for Diabetes Education has the answers to your questions on how to stay healthy with diabetes. We're here to help with referrals, appointments and classes.

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We work with you individually or in group sessions to show you how to manage your diabetes.

Our training covers:

  • Blood sugar meter training
  • Individual evaluation and diabetes instruction
  • Group education classes
  • Insulin instruction and injection training
  • Diabetes nutrition instruction and weight management
  • Diabetes Self-Management Education for:
    • Adults with Type 1 diabetes
    • Adults with Type 2 diabetes
    • Women with gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)

Course content is based on the AADE 7 Self Care Behaviors. You will receive written material on every subject so that you can use it for future reference. Please feel free to bring someone with you to the sessions.

For more information on days and times of classes, please call us at 301-609-5444

Diet and Nutrition

Eating healthy is an important part of treating diabetes. Our registered dietician can help you maintain a healthy diet as you manage your diabetes.

Learn more about diet and nutrition.

Support Group – Virtual Meetings

Due to the recent cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, we are canceling our in-person support groups.

The June support group meetings will be held virtually by our Diabetes Educator. You can join through Zoom or by phone. 

This group is open to adults with diabetes and their loved ones.

Dates and Times

  • Tuesday, June 23: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 24: 2 – 3 pm

For more information and to learn how to join the meetings, please call us at 301-609-5444 or email

When to Get Diabetes Education

  • Annual assessment of education, nutrition and emotional needs
  • Changes in living situations (now living alone or moving in with children)
  • Changes in medication for diabetes
  • Diagnosed with additional health conditions such as kidney disease, stroke or heart disease
  • Help with education and self-management
  • Newly diagnosed with diabetes
  • Physical changes and limitations such as visual impairment, dexterity issues, movement restrictions
  • Unexplained low blood sugars or unexplained high blood sugars
  • Weight issues or other nutrition concerns related to diabetes

Learn more about diabetes at The American Diabetes Association.


Please arrive about 20 minutes early to the appointment so that you have time to complete your paperwork at Patient Registration.

To learn more about a referral and schedule an appointment, please call us at 301-609-5444.

What To Bring

  • Blood sugar meter (if you have one).
  • The following forms:
    • Your insurance card
    • A list of your medicines
    • Referral form (unless the doctor has already faxed it to us)
    • Blood sugar record


UM Charles Regional Medical Center
5 Garrett Avenue, First Floor
La Plata, MD 20646


  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 am–5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 12:00–8:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am–4:00 pm