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Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

Course Content

Beginning Sessions and Understanding the Human Body

  • Exercises to establish trust and solidarity among group members and to obtain the motivation and participation of all
  • Description of the functioning of the human body and its relation to diabetes
  • Strategies to manage and control diabetes with the goal of beginning to reinforce the importance of self-care principles

Understanding Risk Factors for Diabetes

  • The definition, classification and symptoms of diabetes
  • Risk factors and the Weekly Action Plan

Monitoring Your Body

  • The diagnosis of diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and ways to control these
  • Diabetes management and the benefits of the glucose meter

Get up and Move! Physical Activity and Diabetes

  • Motivating participants to perform some physical activity on a regular basis and to incorporate exercise as a method to control diabetes

Controlling Diabetes through Nutrition

  • Concepts and basic nutritional terms that allow participants to make correct decisions when selecting foods, including using food labels
  • Portion control

Diabetes Complications: Identification and Prevention

  • The main complications of diabetes
  • The different specialists and health care team available for prevention and control

Learning about Medications and Medical Care

  • Medications available for the control of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Medications’ mechanisms of action, recommendations, cautions and side effects
  • How to improve communication with health care providers

Living with Chronic Disease: Mobilizing Family and Friends

  • Emotional aspects of chronic disease, such as stress and depression
  • Patients’ rights
  • How to involve family and friends in the self-care program

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