Saint Francis Diabetes Center

For anyone living with diabetes, the Saint Francis Diabetes Center has education and support to help you live your best life. Diabetes education at Saint Francis puts you in charge of your health. Group classes, individualized sessions and personalized follow-up can make a real difference for people with diabetes and their loved ones.

To schedule an appointment, please call 302-421-4150.

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes (also called diabetes mellitus) is a disease in which the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high. This happens when insulin is not working right and your body is not able to use the sugar you eat for energy.

Insulin helps sugar get into the cells so it can be used for energy. With diabetes, the pancreas, an organ near the stomach, is not making insulin (or not enough of it). Sometimes, the body does not respond to the insulin it does make. Then the glucose stays in the bloodstream. This causes blood sugar levels to rise too high. As sugar builds up in the blood, if left untreated, it can cause very serious problems, including heart and vascular disease, and kidney, eye and nerve damage.

There are four main types of diabetes:

  • Prediabetes
  • Type 1
  • Type 2
  • Gestational diabetes

Our Services

Diabetes Nutrition Services

The Diabetes Center offers both group and individual medical nutrition therapy sessions. These sessions are led by a registered dietitian who is also a certified diabetes educator. During this fun, hands-on, interactive class, you will use food models and food labels to learn about carbohydrate counting, food groups, label reading, portion control, dining out, exercise, and more. Learn how to make changes to control your diabetes, one meal at a time.

Gestational Diabetes Program

If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed with diabetes during your pregnancy, it is crucial to understand your diagnosis and take control of it. This program will cover orientation to gestational diabetes, blood glucose meter instruction, and nutritional counseling. Good prenatal diabetes care is important for the health of you and your baby.

Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices

Learn how to test your blood sugar. These hands-on sessions teach you how to use your blood glucose meter/continuous glucose monitor and when and why to check your blood sugar. You will also learn about differences between meters and how to get testing supplies.

Injectable Diabetes Medication Training

This session teaches you how to give yourself your insulin or other diabetes medications while overcoming your fear. Technique, devices and regimens are just a few important tips that will be discussed.

Individual and Follow-up Consultations

Individual consultations are available by appointment with the Diabetes Center's Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs). They can help fine-tune individual needs, check blood glucose monitoring results, and provide additional support by reviewing medications and meal plans.

Call 302-421-4150 to schedule an appointment.