Diabetes Education Online
A Powerful, New Resource for Diabetes Self-Management: Diabetes Education Online
Why have Diabetes Education Online?
It is a supply and demand problem! Because the rate of diabetes is increasing so rapidly, the need for diabetes education and medical care far exceeds the number of dedicated diabetes care providers.
According to the latest statistics, in the United States there are over 23 million individuals with diabetes and 57 million with pre-diabetes cared for by only 4,000 diabetes medical specialists. Very few individuals with diabetes can expect to see a diabetes specialist – but everyone with internet access can get educated about diabetes.
What is special about the UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center’s Diabetes Education Online?
It is a comprehensive diabetes self-management education program that covers the American Diabetes Association’s recommended topics and more.
This website mirrors a successful teaching program given to thousands of patients at UCSF over the last 30 years.
You can read information that is specific for your needs. We offer:
- A complete, separate curriculum for type 1 patients
- A complete, separate curriculum for type 2 patients
- Sub-curriculum for type 2 patients based on treatment
- Self-assessment quizzes help you determine how much you have learned
Focus is on “understanding = improved management” – explaining why to do something, as well as what to do. The site provides:
- Detailed explanations
- Scientific background
- Problem solving sections
- Self Management instruction
There are additional resources in the “Library” section for both you and medical providers including printable handouts of key tables, charts, and illustrations, and video access to Diabetes Teaching Center Symposia.
What is the goal of Diabetes Education Online?
If you are newly diagnosed, this website can help you understand diabetes, and facilitate the necessary lifestyle changes to manage your care. If you are already living with diabetes, this program provides training in the latest advances in self-care and problem-solving skills.
Who is the audience?
Everyone with internet access who can read English. Foreign language versions are planned in the future. This website will be of interest to everyone with type 1 and type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, and to their family members and health care providers.
Experience for yourself Diabetes Education Online!