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Diabetes self-management program launched

UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center are offering a new education and training program that strives to help patients with diabetes assume a greater role in managing their own daily care.

Called "In Charge and In Control," the program recently achieved educational recognition by the American Diabetes Association for meeting its national standards for quality diabetes education.

Offered through the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the program features a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse educators and dietitians who provide patients with the information and support they need to make the best choices for their particular needs.

"We still provide patients with basic information about their disease, but we also spend considerable time helping patients develop action plans for managing various aspects of their daily self-care routine," said Bridget Levich, a clinical nurse specialist and one of In Charge and In Control's certified diabetes educators.

The self-management skills taught by In Charge and In Control cover many different areas, including meal planning, exercising, monitoring blood glucose levels, taking medications consistently, reducing stress and knowing how to handle episodes of acute illness. Recognizing that changing health behavior is hard work, the program strives to develop self-management skills in the context of each patient's lifestyle and what is important to them.

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