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Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)

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Welcome to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) program supported by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Department of Defense (DOD).  We are proud to make this program available to Veterans and the men and women serving in the military. 

What is Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)? It is a dynamic program in which people with diabetes gain knowledge, self-management skills, and support needed to make changes to better manage their diabetes through ever-changing life situations.  It is an interactive, ongoing process engaging the person with diabetes, the caregiver or family, and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES).  The aim of DSMES is not only achieving health targets but also improving quality of life. 

Patient Handbooks
These helpful handbooks will guide you through each class and assist you with prepping to see your Diabetes Care Team.

Module 1 – Diabetes in a Nutshell Module 2 – Monitoring
Module 1 Module 1

Module 3 - Healthy Coping Module 4 - Taking Medications
Module 3 Module 4

Module 5 - Healthy Eating Module 6 - Being Active
Module 5  Module 6 

Module 7 - Reducing Risks Module 8 - Problem Solving
Module 7 Module 8

Patient Education Handouts Additional Resources
Patient education handouts Additional resources

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