Diabetes Education Program

What is diabetes?

When your body does not make enough insulin, or when the insulin you make does not work as well as it should, then you can develop diabetes. People with diabetes are at risk for high blood sugar, which is called hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia over the years can cause damage to nerves and blood vessels, heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, blindness, gum infections, and in severe cases can even result in the loss of limbs.

It is important for persons with diabetes to learn about their disease, so they are able to self-manage all those things that can help them live long and productive lives. Attending a Diabetes Education program is a beginning step to successful self-management.

Many people who have diabetes are unaware that they suffer from it, since they are not aware of the symptoms. They include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Blurred vision
  • Having cuts that are slow to heal
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Changes in mood
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Frequent urination
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
If you have more than one of these symptoms, you may have diabetes, and should ask your doctor for a blood sugar test.

Successfully Managing Your Diabetes

Attending the CarolinaEast Foundation diabetes program is an important step to help you begin to successfully manage your diabetes. Below is the 2017 Schedule of Diabetes Classes.

  • Class A: Learning to Live with Diabetes/Medications/Monitoring
  • Class B: Healthy Heart/Basics/Planning Meals
  • Class C: Exercise/Complications/Coping/Foot Care

If you have more than one of these symptoms, you may have diabetes, and should ask your doctor for a blood sugar test.

2018 Schedule of Diabetes Classes

2018 Schedule of Classes
Class A Class B Class C
January 4 January 11 January 18
February 1 February 8 Februrary 15
March 1 March 8 March 15
April 5 April 12 April 19
May 3 May 10 May 17
June 7 June 14 June 21
July 5 July 12 July 19
August 2 August 19 August 16
September 6 September 13 September 20
October 4 October 11 October 18
November 1 November 8 November 15
December 6 December 13 December 20

When and Where to Attend

The classes are held on Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M., in the Auditorium of the CarolinaEast Medical Center's Education Department. For more information, please call (252) 633-8247.

To get to the CarolinaEast Medical Center Education Building, park in the Hospital parking lot. Enter through the Main Entrance of the hospital. Continue down the hall to the Information Desk. The receptionist will give you directions to the auditorium. It is located straight ahead, all the way down the first floor corridor. The door to the auditorium will be on the right side of the hallway. The hospital employees will be happy to direct you, so don't hesitate to ask for help.