Live Well with Diabetes

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)

Live Well with Diabetes is for people with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. This evidence-based diabetes self-management program (DSMP) was developed at Stanford University more than 20 years ago. This is a free, six-week workshop which meets for two and a half hours weekly and is led by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with diabetes themselves. The program teaches self-management techniques for participants, including:

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, such as fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • Working more effectively with health care providers

Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. There are 8-16 participants per workshop.

There is also a Spanish DSMP workshop called Program “Manejo Personal de la Diabetes,” if you want to learn more about this program in Spanish click here