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November is National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways. If you are living with diabetes or have a loved one with the disease; education, family support and support from others is very important in managing it and preventing serious health problems. Sansum Clinic has a number of services, classes and educational materials that can help you prevent the progression of the disease and more effectively manage it. 

Sansum Clinic Recognized by Department of Managed Health Care with Award for Diabetes Management

Wear Blue on  November 14California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) announced that Sansum Clinic is a recipient of the 2014 Right Care Initiative (RCI) awards. Awards are given annually to California health plans and medical groups who meet clinical performance standards for controlling blood pressure, blood sugar and/or cholesterol.


Wear Blue on November 14 to Show Your Support for Diabetes Awareness!

Wear Blue on  November 14The International Diabetes Federation has declared November 14, 2014 as World Diabetes Day. Join Sansum Clinic and wear blue on November 14 to help raise awareness and ask your friends and family to join you. Organize an activity such as walks, cycle rides, aerobic workouts, hula hooping, flash mob or dancing with your co-workers, families and friends centered on staying active and fighting diabetes.

Post your “wear blue” photos to our Facebook page to show your solidarity and support!

Expert Diabetes Care and Management

Expert Diabetes  Care and Management Sansum Clinic treats more adult patients with diabetes than any other healthcare provider in Santa Barbara - about 9,000 patients (45,000 visits) annually. Our highly trained providers treat our most complicated diabetes patients at our specialized Endocrinology Department. Our Certified Diabetes Educators offer a diverse array of educational opportunities for people with diabetes. Sansum Clinic is a Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Training Program with the American Diabetes Association. We have been singled out as the best of California's participating clinics for our monitoring of diabetes patients through the use of blood tests. Our frequency in testing gives us an ongoing and accurate measure of how well a person's diabetes is under control and helps them to better manage their diabetes.

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Certified Diabetes Educators:

Diabetes Education

Diabetes EducationSansum Clinic's comprehensive Diabetes Education program provides quality education to people with diabetes. The program gives you the tools and knowledge to manage diabetes. It is an excellent update for all people with diabetes, and a must for anyone newly diagnosed. Family members are encouraged to attend. Classes are offered at a minimum cost and are open to the community. Call our Health Education Department toll free at (866) 829-0909 or click here for our class schedule and online registration.

Diabetes Education Programs and Classes include:

If you have pre-diabetes or if your blood sugar a little high this is your chance to prevent diabetes and also heart disease with simple lifestyle changes. Join this class to learn how you can help yourself. Our Registered Dietitian will help you to discover: the meaning of your lab tests and healthy blood sugar goals, how to balance your meals to decrease blood sugar, factors you can change to lower your risk and lose weight if necessary.

Diabetes Basics - Available in English and Spanish
This two-part program is an excellent update for all people with diabetes and a must for anyone newly diagnosed. Class discusses who is at risk for diabetes, physiology of diabetes, what lab results mean, how to lower blood sugar, what happens when diabetes is out of control, benefits of exercise, how food affects blood sugar and health, how to use food labels, carbohydrate counting, eating well away from home and guidelines for alcoholic drinks.

Blood Sugar Control
Attend this program to learn how blood sugar monitoring helps you manage your diabetes and improve blood sugar. You will learn to use your meter, when to test, your blood sugar goals, and what to do when blood sugar is too high or too low. Please bring your blood sugar monitor to class.

Individual Diabetes Education
Our team of diabetes educators is available to meet with you to:

  • fine-tune your diabetes management skills
  • use new strategies for preventing complications
  • develop in-depth understanding of meal planning
  • select healthy, enjoyable meals when dining out
  • cope with and reduce stress, minimizing its effect on blood sugar levels
  • incorporate preventive health care habits into your daily routine
  • establish a personal exercise plan for superb blood sugar control
  • feel secure and have fun, with good strategies for travel and parties

Nutrition Navigator

Nutrition NavigatorOur Registered Dietitian leads a monthly discussion for people interested in food, health & longevity. Join this group to:

  • Discuss a variety of popular nutrition topics
  • Clarify confusion about food
  • Learn ways to keep blood sugar, cholesterol and weight in a healthy range, and
  • Meet others with an interest in eating for health and vitality.

Free of charge and open to the community.


Insulin Users Peer Group

Insulin Users Peer GroupDo you use insulin to manage diabetes or want to know more about it? If yes, this monthly support group is for you! The group is facilitated by a Certified Diabetes Educator and individuals with diabetes. Various discussion topics include new technology for diabetes, exercise while using insulin, nutrition and coping strategies. Insulin Users Peer Group is free of charge and open to the community.


Diabetes Education Materials

Diabetes Education  MaterialsWe have developed printed materials to help you understand Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. These materials are available in English and Spanish. Click on the link to download a PDF of these brochures. Pre-Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes (Espanol), Type 2 Diabetes, Usted y la Diabetes Tipo II (Type 2 Diabetes).


Additional Diabetes Resources & Information

Additional Diabetes  Resources & InformationOur Diabetes Educators have compiled a list of useful Books, Magazines, National organizations, other website, programs and Apps that can help you with general information. Your doctor or diabetes educator can help you with information that is specific to you.



Health Resource Center

Health Resource CenterVisit our free Health Resource Center located at 215 Pesetas lane for answers to your diabetes or other health related questions. You will find a comfortable place to get your questions answered or to sit and talk with our friendly volunteers. Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 - 4:00, Friday 9:30-12 noon, or by appointment. Call (805) 681-7672 or you can email your non-urgent questions to one of our trained volunteers by using this online form: Ask a Librarian.


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