Diabetes & Endocrinology

Comprehensive Diabetes Education

Our Diabetes Education Centers offer resources that help patients manage their disease—and live healthier lives

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Balancing life with diabetes can be challenging. With the right skills and support, you can lead an active, healthy, and satisfying life. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have lived with diabetes for years, Saint Luke’s Health System provides the tools and education you need to be successful. All Saint Luke’s Diabetes Education Centers have been recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

Our certified diabetes educators, which include registered nurses and registered dietitians, lead group and individual sessions at convenient locations throughout the Kansas City metro area. These sessions can be tailored to meet your specific needs, such as:

  • Living well with diabetes
  • Managing your blood sugars—prevention and treatment of high and low blood sugars
  • Diabetes medications and how they work
  • Advanced insulin therapy/pump training
  • Management of continuous glucose sensors
  • Healthy food choices and meal planning
  • Weight-management support

Family members are encouraged to attend sessions with you.

Diabetes education courses

Healthy Living with Diabetes—Recommended for newly diagnosed Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes patients, as well as those who have never completed a full diabetes program. Type 1 classes are provided individually, while most Type 2 participants are educated in a group setting.

Gestational Diabetes—Designed for women who have diabetes during pregnancy, this class is taught by a nurse and a dietitian who specialize in diabetes care. Participants will learn how to monitor their blood sugar and prepare meals designed to maintain blood glucose control while promoting appropriate weight gain during pregnancy.

Medical Nutrition Therapy—Participants receive a full nutrition assessment, meal planning guidance, and blood sugar management by a registered dietitian.

Insulin Start—Designed for patients who are starting or changing insulin therapy. Referring physicians should provide insulin type, dose, and time of dose when referring. Two one-on-one sessions with a nurse are included. Participants needing sessions with a dietitian should also be referred to Medical Nutrition Therapy or Healthy Living with Diabetes.

Diabetes Prevention Classes—Provides an overview of how best to delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes through realistic guidelines for meal planning, exercise, weight management, and goal setting. *If this class is held in a group setting, a physician referral is not required. Please contact Saint Luke's Concierge at 816-932-5100 to schedule. 

A physician referral is required for these courses. For more information on our education services, contact the location nearest you. For a list of community classes, see the "Classes & Events" tab below.