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The Diabetes Center of Abington – Jefferson Health

Diabetes Management

Are you one of the millions of Americans with diabetes? If so, there is so much you can learn and do to manage your diabetes, prevent complications and enjoy a lifetime of optimal health. The Diabetes Center can help you every step of the way. We are committed to providing comprehensive diabetes education and counseling services for all aspects of diabetes management.

Recognized for Our Quality

The diabetes education services at the Diabetes Center are recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Education, classes and services are offered at the Abington Health Center – Willow Grove. The AHC - Willow Grove is conveniently located near the Pennsylvania Turnpike exit and offers ample free parking.

Education Team

The Diabetes Center use a team approach for education and counseling, with the patient as the key member of the team. Registered nurses and registered dietitians, who are also certified diabetes educators, are dedicated to helping each person gain control of their diabetes while maintaining an optimal state of health and well being. Together, the team designs an individualized plan that matches your lifestyle and educational needs.

Program Goals

By participating in our programs, you will learn:

  • How easy it is to check your blood glucose,
  • How a meal plan helps control blood glucose,
  • How the latest information can help prevent complications, and
  • How to use blood glucose results for better self care.

Patients Served

Our program is an excellent resource for people with diabetes at any stage, through both inpatient and outpatient care, including those:

  • admitted to the hospital for illness or surgery
  • newly diagnosed with diabetes
  • in non-optimal metabolic control
  • who want to prevent diabetic complications
  • who need behavior change reinforcement
  • interested in learning more about the latest diabetes management techniques
  • who have had a change in their diabetes medication
  • requiring meal planning and weight management reinforcement

Appointments

If you are interested in our programs, talk to your doctor. Then, make an appointment with us by calling 215-672-0899. We offer morning, afternoon and evening individual appointments and group classes. We will make every effort to find an appointment that meets your needs.

Payment

Most insurance plans cover diabetes education and nutrition counseling, although some require a physician's referral for these services. Insurance information and required referrals must be presented at your appointment. Financial assistance is available for those in need.

Please call The Diabetes Center at 215-672-0899 if you have questions, or for more details about our programs.

Program Services

The services offered at The Diabetes Center cover a wide range of topics including meal planning, diabetes medication, preventing complications, exercise and making adjustments for daily living.

Preventing Diabetes

Are you at for risk of developing type 2 diabetes? Attend this interactive workshop and learn lifestyle changes that can help decrease your risk. This class is for adults who may have risk factors, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight issues and family history of diabetes.

Comprehensive Diabetes Education Program

Six sessions where you will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills you need to manage your diabetes. Includes content on all aspects of diabetes self-management. See a list of our classes, locations and schedules.

Intensified Insulin Self-management Training 

Four or more sessions where you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to adjust your own insulin in relation to day-to-day situations and carbohydrate intake.

Nutrition Counseling for Diabetes

One or more private sessions with a registered dietitian specializing in diabetes management. Individual food preferences and lifestyle are incorporated into meal planning strategies that help you improve blood glucose control.

Additional Educational Services

Additional educational services include insulin syringe preparation and self-injection, gestational diabetes management, insulin pump initiation and continuous glucose sensor monitoring. For more information about any service, call 215-672-0899.

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