Diabetes Services - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Diabetes Services

manage the symptoms of diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that causes glucose (sugar) to build up in the blood stream due to a lack of insulin. Since glucose supplies our bodies with the energy required to do everyday tasks, a variety of health problems can ensue if it’s not able to get into our cells.

Recent studies show that the incidence of diabetes is on the rise in the U.S. Our goal is to educate our patients about managing their diabetes and preventing long term complications..

Crozer-Keystone Center for Diabetes

An American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized diabetes program, the Center for Diabetes provides outpatient education for individuals with new onset or uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, or for those who desire intensive control. Our Certified Diabetes Educators include: a nurse, a registered dietician, a pharmacist, and an exercise physiologist, under the guidance of a medical director, will work with you to develop an educational plan to meet your specific needs.

Diabetes Education

Crozer-Keystone offers a wide variety of individual and small group classes, as well as counseling to help you manage your condition, reach your goals and maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.

I Have Diabetes…Where Do I Start?

Step 1: Diabetes Evaluation Class

Topic covered: overview of diabetes; possible causes, symptoms, recommended action for hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia; benefits of exercise; overview of medications and foot care. Review American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines: blood sugar goals, Hemoglobin A1c, and Standards of Care.

Step 2: Diabetes Nutrition Counseling

The Diabetes Nutrition Counseling at The Center for Diabetes provides a comprehensive review and discussion to help patients understand and manage their diabetes through healthy eating. This is a two hour class for those who have completed an ADA program, need a refresher or desire nutrition education only. An individual meal plan will be provided.

Step 3: Choose Your Own Classes

After you complete your initial Diabetes class the instructor will offer you the remaining ADA recognized Diabetes program. This includes three hours of Nutrition with an individualized meal plan, as well as instruction from a registered nurse, pharmacist, and exercise physiologist. You may choose an all-day class or a series of three classes.

Other Classes Offered

Diabetes Nurse Evaluation - Single Instruction

Instruction is available based on specific individual needs. This evaluation provides instruction on self-administration of insulin or injectables.

Please bring your prescription to include the name of your medication and dosage. To schedule an appointment, please call (610) 328-8920.

Diabetes Nutrition Evaluation - Single Instruction

Instruction is available based on specific individual needs. To schedule an appointment, please call (610) 328-8920.

Diabetes Intensive Insulin Management Program

This class is designed for the person on multi-dose injections of insulin or those that are interested in insulin pump therapy.

Introduction to Insulin Pump Therapy & Continuous Glucose Monitoring

This free one hour class will help determine if an insulin pump is right for you. The presentation is hands-on with currently available insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems. To schedule an appointment, please call (610) 328-8918.

Many class registration fees are also covered by insurance.

Insurance

The Center for Diabetes accepts most major insurance plans.

Medicare requires a physician signature. This can be obtained from your primary care physician in the form of a prescription for Diabetes self-management training and/or medical nutrition therapy.

Questions To Ask Your Insurance Company

  • Is Diabetes self-management training and/or medical nutrition therapy covered?
  • Do I need an insurance referral?
  • Is the education part of my deductible?
  • Is there a copay?

If your insurance requires more information, contact us at (610) 328-8918.