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Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

The Central Vermont Medical Center Diabetes Self-Management Education Program offers training to people with diabetes so they can live healthy lives.

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The Central Vermont Medical Center Diabetes Self-Management Education Program offers training to people with diabetes so they can live healthy lives. Our team approach promotes patient-centered care. We work with primary care providers to help patients take control of this chronic condition.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body uses the food you eat, your activity, and other lifestyle factors. If not controlled, diabetes can lead to complications such as blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, heart disease, and stroke.

For more information about diabetes, including symptoms and risk factors, click here.

Our Services

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is staffed by experienced health-care professionals skilled in treating and managing diabetes. Our Team includes certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and a registered nurse.

At CVMC, we provide education to help you manage your blood sugar, diet, and fitness routine. We can tailor a program to your personal diabetes needs.

Our services include:

  • One-on-one counseling
  • Diabetes group education
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Insulin management
  • Continuous glucose monitoring

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Program:

What is a certified diabetes educator (CDE)?

A CDE is a health professional who specializes in providing care and education to people with diabetes. They focus on individualized plans to help you manage your diabetes. CDEs include nurses, doctors, dietitians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, pharmacists, and social workers. 

Will my insurance cover the visits?

Yes, diabetes care and management is covered by all insurances. You will need a referral from your health care provider. We recommend you check with your insurance to verify coverage, co-payments and referral requirements.

What if I have Medicare?

Medicare will cover multiple visits with a CDE within the first year of diagnosis, and a limited number of visits annually in subsequent years.

What if I don’t have health insurance?

Please call us at 802-371-4152. We may be able to help and be of service to you.

Connie Lanphear, RDN, CDE
Diabetes Nurse Educator
Ilene Siegel, RDN, CDE
Clinical Nutritionist