727 W. Second St.
Bloomington, IN 47403
Diabetes affects nearly 25.8 million people in the U.S. or 8.3% of the population. While 18.8 people know they have the disease, there are more than 7 million people unaware they have diabetes.
When a person has diabetes, the body either does not produce insulin or cannot use insulin correctly. Diabetes is diagnosed if fasting blood sugar level is greater than 125 mg/dL. Once diagnosed with diabetes, the risk for developing other diseases such as heart disease increases significantly if blood sugar levels remain elevated.
Services offered at the Diabetes Center include:
- Individual appointments for diabetes education and meal planning
- “Mastering Your Diabetes” self-management class
- "Staying on Track” support group
- Diabetes Prevention Class
- Insulin initiation and regulation
- Insulin pump information, pump education, and initiation
- Gestational Diabetes Class
- Paoli, Indiana Comprehensive Diabetes Class
“We know that keeping diabetes under control by maintaining near normal blood sugar levels, along with appropriate blood pressure and cholesterol levels, are keys to helping our patients prevent long-term complications,” says Barb Murray, RD, CDE, a dietitian at the Diabetes Center. “Helping our patients understand how they can make lifestyle changes, such as eating smaller portions and incorporating activity into their daily lives, is what we do every day”.
IU Health Diabetes Center in Bloomington provides outpatient clinical and educational services to teach adults, children, and adolescents how to manage their diabetes. Patients learn how to achieve better blood sugar control and receive one-on-one or group education with a diabetes nurse educator and clinical dietitian.
Indiana University Health Diabetes Center in Bloomington offers “Mastering Your Diabetes” self-management classes 4 times a month. A certified diabetes educator, clinical dietitian, exercise physiotherapist, and pharmacist instruct these classes.
Our self-management education program originally received recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in September 1999. The program has been awarded recognition status by the AADE through September 2014. This recognition status assures you that IU Health Diabetes Center in Bloomington offers high quality education that meets nationally established standards.
A physician’s referral is required for all services in order to bill insurance. IU Health Diabetes Center in Bloomington is located in the Hunter School building at 727 W. Second St. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The cost for services varies. We can bill your insurance. Please contact your insurance company to determine if your insurance plan will pay for our services. If you are covered by Medicare and have met your deductible, Medicare will pay 80 percent.
“STAYING ON TRACK” SUPPORT GROUP
This support group offers diabetes information and encouragement for people with diabetes. “Staying on Track” meets the first Monday of each month in IU Health Bloomington Hospital’s Diabetes Center classroom in the Star Center building at 225 W. Dodds Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47404 at 7:00 pm. The support group is free and requires no registration.
Diabetes Prevention Class
Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but are not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. By attending Diabetes Prevention Class at Indiana University Health Bloomington Diabetes Center you can take the first step toward preventing diabetes and living a longer, healthier life.
This class is for you if you meet any one of these criteria’s:
- Fasting Blood Sugar is 100 mg/dL but less than 126 mg/dL
- A1C greater than 5.7% but less than 6.5%.
If you are uncertain if blood sugar levels are an issue for you, please use our Events Calendar to find out about free, monthly blood sugar testing offered by IU Health Bloomington at College Mall Shopping Complex.
All class members receive instruction concerning the pre- diabetes diagnosis, risk factors and lifestyle modifications. Classes are offered two Wednesday evenings per month from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. A 1 month follow-up session is included to track progress. Total cost for this class is $45 payable by cash or check at the time of service. We do not bill insurance because some insurance plans will not cover it. You do not need a physician’s order for this service.