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Diabetes is a disease in which a person has high blood glucose, either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin. Diabetes can cause health complications leading to infections, foot ulcers, amputations, kidney failure, blindness, heart disease and stroke.

Aultman Orrville’s Diabetes Self-Management Training is a comprehensive program that provides participants with the knowledge to manage diabetes and empowers individuals to make appropriate lifestyle changes. 

Participants will complete an initial self-assessment followed by up to 13 hours of diabetes education. The educational sessions are approximately two hours, and participants usually attend four to five sessions. Training is available in both group and one-on-one formats and includes a focus on training participants to maintain blood sugar control, which can prevent or delay complications of diabetes.  

Training Topics Covered in Diabetes Self-Management

  • Diabetes overview and treatment
  • Meal planning
  • Benefits of self-monitoring glucose
  • Methods for evaluating glucose
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Record-keeping
  • Foot care
  • Sick days
  • Acute and chronic complications
  • Behavior changes for successful diabetes self-management
  • Value of support systems

Insurance Coverage for Diabetes Self-Management


With a physician’s referral, Medicare and most insurance providers cover portions of initial and follow-up diabetes self-management training and medical nutrition therapy.

Some insurance providers, including Medicare, cover Medical Nutrition Therapy and Diabetes Self-Management Training.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

How do I Register for Diabetes Self-Management?

Ask your physician if you can attend Aultman Orrville Hospital's Diabetes Self-Management Training Program. For more information, please call 

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