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Controlling, managing and living with diabetes

​Diabetes is a chronic disease that often raises an array of medical concerns and problems. Learning to live successfully with diabetes requires specific skills, self-care knowledge and a positive outlook. The Diabetes Education Center at Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point offers a variety of educational programs to help achieve health goals and maintain good control over diabetes.

Should I See a Diabetes Specialist?

Causes and risk factors are different for each type of diabetes. Use our DecisionAssist tool to help you decide whether or not to see a diabetes specialist.


Did you know?

Patients with diabetes need to be aware of their heart health nutrition and, in particular, controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Classes and Support

Education can be done through individual appointments or through the Diabetes Self-Management classes. The Diabetes Education Classes at Franciscan St. Anthony are certified by the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA), recognizing the program as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Patient Education. Classes are led by a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian, who are also Certified Diabetes Educators.

Diabetes Self-Management Classes include:

  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Meal planning and carbohydrate counting
  • Medication management
  • Physical activity
  • Stress management
  • Dining out guidance
  • Lifestyle changes for a healthy heart

Diabetes Self-Management classes are held monthly on Tuesday afternoons or Wednesday evenings. Medicare will pay for diabetes education when referred by a physician to a Certified Diabetes Education Center. Other insurance benefits vary on the plan and must be checked by the applicant.

Individual appointments are available, but not limited to insulin instruction, gestational counseling, and dietary management.


For More Information

Have questions or need additional information about the Diabetes Education Center? Call (219) 757-6268.