Nutrition and Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that can have serious effects on many parts of the body, sometimes permanently. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious problems. Scientific research has proven that controlling blood glucose levels can reduce the risk of developing long-term complications of diabetes.

UM St. Joseph's Medical Center Nutrition and Diabetes Center is an accredited program which meets national standards for diabetes self-management education. We offer periodic assessments of patient progress in reducing A1C levels and improving self management skills. Our mission is to give you the tools you need to control your blood glucose levels over the long term to enhance your quality of life.


  • Support and education for Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, gestational and pre-diabetes)
  • Group education sessions (physician order/referral necessary)
  • Individualized nutritional counseling (physician order/referral necessary)
  • Treatment plan collaboration and follow-up with participant and physician

Outpatient Services

The Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education Program (DSME) is based on current national standards for diabetes self-management and is certified by the American Diabetes Association and may be insurance reimbursed.

Working with you and your doctor, our team creates a customized care plan just for you that includes a wide range of topics such as:

  • Blood glucose/ A1C monitoring
  • Behavior change and goal setting
  • Oral medication
  • Insulin self-management skills
  • Nutrition counseling & meal planning
  • Support for you and your family
  • Exercise guidelines & stress management
  • Diabetes counseling during pregnancy
  • Complications prevention

Preparing for Your Visit

Schedule your Diabetes Education and/or nutrition appointments through our Central Scheduling department at 410-427-5500.

On your appointment day, please bring the following items:

  • list of current medications and nutritional supplements
  • medical insurance information
  • blood glucose meter
  • food records you have been keeping

If you have any questions, please call 410-337-1382.

Inpatient Services

Management of your blood glucose level is perhaps even more important when you are in the hospital. Studies have shown that keeping blood glucose levels near normal while hospitalized can help decrease length of stay, prevent complications and improve outcomes overall.

Our experienced Inpatient staff will work with your doctors and nurses in the hospital to give you the highest quality care. This includes helping to manage your blood glucose levels, and teaching you basic skills to manage your diabetes at home until you can return to the outpatient program for more advanced instructions.

The Diabetes Management Center Team

Lisa DeZanger Duckworth, RN - Inpatient Clinician

Patricia McGraw, RN, BSN, CDE – Outpatient Program Coordinator

Links to more Diabetes information

American Diabetes Association
American Association of Diabetes Educators
Juvenile Diabetes