Diabetes Self-Management Training Program

Ninety-nine percent of diabetes management is self-care - that does not mean you have to travel this road alone! Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) is a comprehensive educational program designed to provide participants with the skills, knowledge, and support needed to manage diabetes.

The DSMT program is certified by the American Diabetes Association and staffed by Certified Diabetes Educators who are either Registered Nurses or Registered Dietitians. Our prorgram provides a comfortable interactive environment where patients learn self-care and lifestyle modification techniques. The program supports patients who are newly diagnosed or have a longer history of diabetes, are pre-diabetic, or have gestational diabetes. The mission of our program is to:

  • Empower participants with diabetic's self-management skills
  • Encourage self-care behaviors to prevent diabetes complications
  • Promote health to improve quality of life
  • Decrease risk factors for diabetes through community research

Our Team

The comprehensive diabetes education program's team is comprised of certified diabetes educators (Registered Nurses and Registered Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist) and program assistants, all of whom are specifically trained to provide individual and/or group consultations that address the following:

  • Diabetes disease process understanding
  • Prevention of acute and chronic complications such as high and low blood glucose levels, kidney and eye damage, amputation prevention, and understanding important relevant blood work
  • Individualized healthy meal planning for a lifetime
  • Stress management, exercise techniques, problem solving and coping skills
  • Patients are entitled by insruance to enroll annually

Diabetes Classes

Our team works closely with the patient and their physician to develop an individualized self-care program based on medical history and individualized goals. The program utilizes the latest research and training recommendations from the ADA to empower patients and optimize short and long-term outcomes. Our program outcomes include participant self-identified improved self-care through improved meal planning, increased activity, weight loss and a statistically significant average decrease in A1C of 1.6% (2015-2016 survey data), which equals an average blood glucose derease of over 40 points. Our program consists of an individualized consultation followed by a series of four small group classes; individual appointments can be arranged as needed.

After program completion, participants receive a free 1-week gym membership at the Torrance Memorial Fitness Center and one-on-one consultation with our Cardiac Rehab Exercise Physiologist. In addition, class graduates are encourage to attend the Diabetes Support Group to promote maintenance of successful lifestyle changes.

The self-care behaviors that you will develop in DSMT classes will help you successfully manage your diabetes and prevent or reduce the severity of diabetes complications. Classes cover the following topics:

  • ABC's of diabetes
  • Blood glucose monitoring, pattern identification and management
  • Medication management: what, when, how and why
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Reading food labels
  • Meal planning and dining out
  • Risk reduction of long-term complications
  • Prevention and treatment of high and low blood glucose
  • Exercise guidelines
  • Healthy coping skills

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), provided by a Registered Dietitian, is a therapeutic approach to managing medical conditions and symptoms through proper diet and nutrition. During your one-on-one consultation with a dietitian your individual nutrition needs will be addressed and a personalized meal plan will be created to help you better manage your diabetes. MNT goes hand in hand with the DSMT program to provide the most comprehensive and individualized program.


YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

In partnership with Torrance-South Bay YMCA and generously sponsored by The Torrance Memorial Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute.

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing diabetes.

The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 one-hour weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly maintenance sessions. You will learn strategies for eating healthier, increasing your physical activity and making other changes that will improve your overall health and well-being. National Institutes of Health research has proven that programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%.

Lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight can prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes in those at high risk for the disease. With the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt habits that will improve your overall health and well-being and reduce your risk and ensure that you can live life to its fullest.

For additional information about YMCA's Diabetes Prevention program in Torrance, California, call Jamisson Costa, Diabetes Prevention Regional Director at 310-602-4905, or email jamissoncosta@ymcala.org, or visit www.ymcala.org/DPPsignup to fill out an interest form.


Sweet Success, Diabetes and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and have diabetes, you may be worried about its impact on your baby. Through our Sweet Success program, you will meet one-on-one with a diabetes educator to learn the facts and develop an individualized plan to help you and your baby stay healthy.

Our Certified Diabetes Educators are specially trained through the Sweet Success program; developed by the California Department of Pregnancy and Diabetes, Sweet Success is the national gold standard in caring for women with pregnancy and diabetes.


Diabetes Support Group

Sometimes it helps to share with and hear and learn from others who are on a similar journey. The Diabetes support group provides a forum to express concerns, discuss experiences, and ask questions among others living with diabetes. Free, No reservations need.

  • Meeting: First and Third Wednesday of every month (No Meeting September 5th)
  • Time: 1 - 2 pm
  • Location: Specialty Building, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 350
  • Meeting: Second and Fourth Tuesday of every month (No Meetings August 28th or September 11th)
  • Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Specialty Building, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 350