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The Essentials of Diabetes Management

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Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. People with diabetes are unable to use glucose effectively. It accumulates in the bloodstream and over time can damage the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. If you have pre-diabetes or diabetes, this class will give you the essentials to help you understand and manage diabetes. 

In this class you will learn the four cornerstones of diabetes self-management:

  • monitoring
  • medication
  • nutrition, and 
  • physical activity

Directions: This 40-minute class is recorded for your convenience.

  1. Click on the recording to get started. You may pause the recording at any time to take notes or complete activities as they are mentioned in the class.
  2. The class resources can be downloaded to your computer, viewed online and/or printed. We recommend having the slides and handouts open or printed so you can take notes and complete activities during the class presentation.
  3. Complete the program evaluation located below. Once you have completed your evaluation, you can print a personalized certificate of completion. 


Class Resources

The class slides below are interactive. You can type directly into the slides, or you can print and handwrite notes as you follow along with the recorded class.



The following handouts are designed to help you put the skills you learn from this class into action. You may want to review them prior to the class, and have them open or printed during the class.

To view and/or print the handouts individually, select from below:


Web Resources



Please complete the evaluation after the class. Your input is greatly appreciated. 


Do More to Improve Your Health

If you would like individualized education and support, you may request to be in our Chronic Care/Disease Management program, which provides individual coaching for certain health conditions. If you are an eligible TRICARE beneficiary under age 65, receive one-to-one coaching from a Disease Management Specialist. Get started with our Disease Management Information and Self-Nomination form, or you can call 1-844-732-2436 from 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday.

Health Net Federal Services offers classes and online programs on a variety of topics. Visit the Learning Center to view a full list of available classes and programs. Find additional information and resources in Health Topics.

As part of your health care, it is also important to have timely preventive screenings and immunizations to help protect your health, prevent disease and improve your quality of life. Check out Stay Healthy with Health Net Federal Services for more information. 

Medical Disclaimer

The Essentials of Diabetes Management class is designed for people who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, or people with diabetes who might need a refresher on information and management skills. This class is meant to provide education and resources and is not a substitute for medical care.

Source and Copyright Information

This class and corresponding materials are copyright protected and may not be resold, reproduced or altered in any manner without express written consent from the authors. Handouts may be downloaded and used for educational purposes only.