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Programa de Manejo Personal de la Diabetes

This is a version of the Living Well With Diabetes class that was created for Spanish speakers and developed to be culturally appropriate. It is for adults and their caregivers who want to learn ways to manage their diabetes. It is designed to improve an individual’s A1C number and reduce the complications associated with diabetes.

About the class

Classes are for 10-16 participants. They are led by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are lay people with diabetes. Leaders are fluent in Spanish and familiar with the needs of Spanish-speaking communities. Spanish-language textbooks are provided for each participant to use as a resource throughout the class. Participants enjoy sharing experiences and provide mutual support. Programa de Manejo Personal de la Diabetes was developed by Stanford University. It does not replace any existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and diabetes education. The interactive class consists of six weekly 2½ hour sessions. 

Topics covered include 

  • What Is diabetes 
  • Monitoring your blood sugar 
  • Healthy eating (how to balance carbohydrates, protein and fats) 
  • Menu planning 
  • Dealing with stress 
  • Appropriate exercise and diabetes 
  • Hypoglycemia /hyperglycemia 
  • Preventing or delaying complications 
  • Dealing with depression 
  • Relaxation skills 
  • Communication with your healthcare provider 
  • Decision making 
  • Action planning and problem solving 

Benefits of the class

  • Improved A1C  
  • Reduced health distress  
  • Reduced symptoms of hypo- and hyperglycemia  
  • Greater self-confidence in managing diabetes 

Who should take the class

  • Spanish-speaking individuals age 18 and older 
  • People who are managing Type 2 diabetes or are pre-diabetic  
  • Friends, spouses, adult children 
  • Both newly-diagnosed diabetics and those who have been managing their diabetes for some time  

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