Manage a New Diagnosis

Manage a New Diagnosis

Your diabetes medical care will begin with a two-day education session covering all you need to know about administering insulin, counting carbohydrates, treating low and high blood sugar, and managing a day on which you are ill and experience high blood sugar.

The education process will include a schedule of topics as detailed here. Please plan to allow enough time to cover all topics as they are needed to acquire the skills for diabetes management.


Arrive fasting. Patient cannot eat or drink before meeting with physician. Water is acceptable.

8:00 – 9:00

Physical Assessment and Insulin Dose with Physician, Patient is provided breakfast

9:00 – 12:00

Medical Description of Diabetes in Simple  Terms
Insulin Injection Techniques
Multiple Daily Injections
Urine Ketone Testing
How to Test Blood Sugars
Nutrition: Carbohydrate Counting


Arrive fasting. Patient cannot eat or drink before meeting with physician. Water is acceptable.

8:00 – 9:00

Blood Sugar Test, Insulin, Patient should bring breakfast, Visit with Physician

9:00 – 12:00

Review Day 1 Information
Low Blood Sugar Situations
High Blood Sugar Resolution & Sick Day Management
School Issues
Nutrition: Diabetes & Heart Disease



DAY 3: First Follow-Up, 2 weeks after Day 2

Visit with nurse practitioner and diabetes educator. Review nutrition concepts and meal plan. Review insulin injection administration, management of high and low blood sugar, sick day management, skin and dental care. Learn how to adjust recipes to lower carbohydrate count.


Day 4: Second Follow-Up, 4 weeks after Day 3

Visit with nurse practitioner and diabetes educator. Discuss ongoing, necessary diabetes care for the life of the disease for avoiding complications. Discuss responsibilities patient should take on at each age to prepare for self-management of disease. Nutrition assessment to encourage heart healthy eating pattern.

Day 5: Third Follow-Up, 4 weeks after Day 4

Visit with physician and diabetes educator. Learn how to recognize blood sugar patterns and adjust insulin doses and insulin to carbohydrate ratios if applicable. Review meal plan.

What to do before you meet with your diabetes care team:

While you are in this interim period before meeting with the care team at HHDC, please follow the guidelines outlined below.

  1. If recommended, take insulin as prescribed by the hospital or HHDC until you meet the diabetes care team.
  1. Drink plenty of water to help flush ketones and sugar from the blood.
  1. AVOID the following foods until you meet with the diabetes educator or dietitian:
  • Candy
  • Fruit juice, sweetened or unsweetened
  • Chewing gum
  • Jams, jellies, marmalade, preserves
  • Honey
  • Regular soft drinks
  • Sugar
  • Sports drinks
  • Sweetened beverages
  • Regular syrup

4.  Eat your meals as close to the following schedule as possible. The goal is to spread carbohydrate intake throughout the day, instead of eating most of them all at once.

7:00 – 7:30 


12:00 – 12:30


3:00 – 3:30

Mid-Afternoon Snack of 15 Grams Carbohydrate

6:00 - 6:30



15 g. carbohydrate snack ideas

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt + ½ cup berries
  • 3 peanut butter sandwich crackers
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • 15 grapes + 1 string cheese
  • 3 cups popcorn + 1 string cheese
  • ½ large banana + 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup raw vegetables + ¼ cup hummus
  • 1 ounce lowfat tortilla chips + 2 tbsp guacamole
  • ¼ cup lowfat cottage cheese + ¾ cup blueberries
  • 6 whole wheat crackers with 1 ounce cheese

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Make an appointment, refill a prescription, contact a provider, or refer a patient:
Phone (918) 619-4803 | Fax (918) 619-4801

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