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

Department Details

Services Include

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

When to Come for Diabetes Education

  1. Newly diagnosed with Diabetes
  2. Annual assessment of education, nutrition and emotional needs
  3. Long-standing diabetes with limited prior education
  4. Changes in medication for diabetes
  5. HbA1C out of target range
  6. Unexplained low blood sugars or unexplained high blood sugars
  7. Weight issues or other nutrition concerns related to diabetes
  8. When new complicating factors influence self-management - Changes in:
    • Health conditions such as kidney disease, stroke, need for steroid or complicated medication routine
    • Physical limitations such as visual impairment, dexterity issues, movement restrictions
  9. When transitions in care occur - Changes in:
    • Living situation such as now living alone or moving in with one of your children
    • Insurance coverage that results in treatment change
    • Age-related changes affecting cognition, self-care, etc.

What to Expect

We provide a friendly, practical instruction in a relaxed environment. 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.

Course content is based on the AADE 7™ Self Care Behaviors:

  • Diabetes Education
  • Accreditation Program
  • Healthy Eating
  • Being Active
  • Monitoring
  • Taking Medication
  • Problem Solving
  • Healthy Coping
  • Reducing Risks

The program for Type 2 diabetes includes 1 hour of individual consultation and four classes for a total of 9-10 hours of instruction. Classes usually meet every two weeks and focus on lifestyles and nutrition. Day and evening classes available. Individual instruction is also available based on need, preference and insurance.

Learn more about diabetes at The American Diabetes Association.

The Day of Your First Appointment

  • Please arrive about 45 minutes early to the appointment so that you have time to complete registration.
  • First, Stop by Patient Registration on the first floor of the hospital to sign forms and complete the registration process.
  • Bring your blood sugar meter with you (if you have one).
  • Bring the following forms with you:
    • Your insurance card
    • A list of your medicines
    • Referral form (unless the doctor has already faxed it to us)
    • Blood sugar record

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

We are located in UM Charles Regional Medical Center on the first floor. From the lobby, pass the coffee bar and turn right. The Center for Diabetes Education is at the end of the hall, on the left.


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