Diabetes education program in Bradenton, Florida

The Blake Medical Center staff is here to support you and your family as you work to manage your diabetes. We believe education is the key to management, and so we offer a diabetes self-management class. Our class is taught by a number of knowledgeable healthcare professionals, including registered nurses, physical therapists, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators, pharmacists and physicians.

To learn more about our diabetes self-management education program, please call our food services department at (941) 798-6134, and follow the voice prompts to select option eight.

The diabetes self-management class is a two day course offered four times a year at Blake Medical Center. A physician referral is required to participate. The class meets on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am to 1:30pm Lunch is provided.

Topics discussed during class include:

  • Types of diabetes (Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, etc.)
  • Blood sugar (glucose) monitoring
  • Behavioral goal setting and establishing a support system
  • Physical activity
  • Medication management
  • Nutrition management
  • New concepts in diabetes management
  • Reducing complications, such as chronic wounds

Weight loss options through surgery

In some cases, weight loss has proven to reduce the symptoms and severity of Type II diabetes. One option for patients at Blake Medical Center is surgical weight loss through bariatric surgery. A diabetes diagnosis does not prevent you from undergoing bariatric surgery. The primary qualification for surgery is an obesity diagnosis, which indicates that a person is at least 100 pounds or more over their healthy body weight.

Following weight loss surgery, many patients with diabetes are able to restore normal blood sugar levels, thereby reducing symptoms and even the need for medication.

Diabetes support group

Our hospital hosts a monthly support group from September through April for patients with diabetes and their families. This creates a safe space for people to come together to discuss similar challenges and experiences. The group is free to attend and does not require registration.

Learn more about the diabetes support group.