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Introduction: Diabetes Self-Management Program

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  Introduction: Diabetes Self-Management Program
Completion Time: 45 minutes 


General Instructions
Additional Program Features
Welcome / Author's Message
What Is Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetes Self-Management?
Member Instructions
Monitoring Your Progress / Pretest
Program Tools
Next You Will Learn...

General Instructions

* If you are accessing this tutorial as a guest, this introduction will show you how the program is organized and the benefits members receive. As you review the program, please note there are certain tools available only to members. Should you become a NutriTutor® member, you will have access to all tools and information. We would encourage you to review the same lessons again so you do not miss these important tools.

Additional Program Features

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Listen to hear the author's message about how you can live a fuller, more satisfying life through nutritional awareness.



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Congratulations on taking the first step in taking control of your health! This program is designed to meet the needs of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, whether or not you have prior knowledge of the disease. We feel certain your efforts will be rewarded by improved health and reduced healthcare costs!

What Is Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetes Self-Management?

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the way your body uses glucose (or 'blood sugar') - its main energy source. Insulin, a hormone that moves glucose into body cells for energy production, is unable to do its job properly. Sometimes there is not enough insulin being made and sometimes the insulin is simply ineffective. In either case, glucose builds up in the blood producing undesirable symptoms and organ damage.

Diabetes is an insidious and costly disease. Often the disease starts out with mild or moderately high glucose levels causing body-wide damage without your knowledge because there are no symptoms. This leads to very high glucose levels causing many undesirable symptoms, also producing permanent body damage. Over time, this damage progresses to organ and system failure. Blindness, loss of kidney function with dependence on dialysis, foot and leg removal, deep non-healing wounds, and heart failure are all common results of uncontrolled diabetes. The cost to your health, emotional wellbeing, and wallet can be enormous!

Diabetes self-management skills are critical to your safety and health. By being a NutriTutor® member, you have taken the first step in learning the skills necessary to control your glucose levels under the many and varying circumstances of life. You will also learn when a situation has advanced beyond your control and immediate professional attention is needed. This knowledge saves enormous amounts of money and heartache.

Although it is not curable, diabetes is manageable. Early on, adopting the healthy lifestyle habits of diet and exercise are sometimes enough to control glucose levels and prevent disease progression; however, once the disease progresses, medication becomes necessary to control glucose and keep the body safe. The addition of medication does not eliminate the need for supportive lifestyle habits, which are a crucial foundation for glucose control.

How is diabetes controlled? Minute-by-minute. No doctor or educator can do that for you! Who better to be in control of your life than you? With the NutriTutor® Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Program, you will receive all the information and tools you need to manage your diabetes, stall disease progression, and live a long and healthy life.

Diabetes self-management model

Illustration 0.1: Diabetes self-management model

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Member Instructions

Quick Navigation Tips
  • Commit to a schedule; learning and applying what you have learned over the entire membership period for best results.
  • Learn the site layout so you know all resources available to you.
  • Concepts are assembled in logical order, encouraging you to learn in sequence. This ensures you learn the most accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Lessons often have multiple pages, clickable from both the top and the bottom of the tutorial page. Chapters often contain multiple lessons, clickable at the top of the tutorial page. Throughout the tutorial, lessons within chapters are referred to in an abbreviated format. For example, Chapter 4 Lesson 2 is referenced as 'Chapter 4-2'.
  • The tutorial is laid out like a book, with each of the chapters broken into manageable lessons to avoid information overload. Each lesson takes from several minutes to an hour to complete. Average completion time is provided at the top of each lesson.
  • Mark chapters as complete by clicking the box that reads, 'Mark this chapter as read.', found at the end of each chapter. Your progress through the program is documented in this and other automatic ways. Your progress can be viewed at any time by clicking on the link at the right entitled, 'My Progress'.
  • To search for a specific topic, you can 'enter key words' in the upper right or use the 'Quick Reference' link located in the right navigation bar.

Program Modifications

Several modifications have been made to meet the needs of learners with disabilities and differing learning styles:
  • For hearing impaired and visual learners, the program provides illustrations and tables whenever possible. Click on images to enlarge those that are important to learning.
  • Enlarge print size by clicking on the plus sign (+) at the top of the page. If you still cannot read the text, consider using a text-to-speech reader. Text-to-speech readers automatically come with Macintosh computers, while readers (such as may be purchased for Windows-based computers.
  • Audio clips provide readable text when 'read the text here' is clicked. Multi-media demonstrations contain closed captioning, which is opened by clicking the CC button.
  • For those who learn best by hearing, audio opportunities are scattered throughout the lessons.

Additional Program Features
  • Interactive opportunities are placed throughout the tutorial to provide you with practice in managing your disease. This gives you the familiarity and confidence to apply the tools you have learned to your every day life.
  • Personalized goal setting is made available at the end of most chapters. Let your chosen goals guide your lifestyle changes throughout the year. By clicking 'Save Goals' or 'Save Goals and Email Me a Copy', you will store the information in 'My Progress' for later download. 'Save Goals and Email Me a Copy' will also send you an immediate copy of your goals by email.
  • Your membership includes two consultations with a personal Registered Dietitian and/or Certified Diabetes Educator. (depending on package purchased) To utilize this feature, you must initiate contact via the 'My Progress' link in the right navigation bar. Then select the 'Clinician Correspondence' link.
  • We invite you to begin participating in our online support group at your earliest convenience by clicking the 'Support Groups' link in the left navigation bar. Access to support group continues even after your membership to this program expires.

Manual and Handouts

Your manual is comprised of pdf (portable document format) and rtf (rich text format) files. If you are unable to open PDF or RTF files, download the programs below.

Adobe Reader (PDF)   |   Microsoft Wordpad (RTF)

Consider printing your manual using heavy paper and storing the pages in a three-ring binder. Begin organizing your manual now by downloading the Table of Contents (PDF). You can access the rest of your downloadable handouts in two ways:
  • In the corresponding lessons. This is the only way you can obtain your customized meal patterns (found in Chapter 4). Please be aware that some handouts are offered more than once within the text of the lessons.
  • Using the 'Quick Reference' link in the right navigation bar.


If you have any questions while you are going through the program, you can use the 'Contact Us' link in the left navigation bar to make comments, ask questions, and notify the Web Master of any technical problems.

Monitoring Your Progress

Progress is made by hard work, and your work will not go unrewarded! We know you will feel remarkably better about having diabetes and you will become surprisingly confident in your skills after completing this program. For these reasons, we offer graded pre- and posttests with a pre- and post survey of your feelings. These tools are found by following the chapters in sequence. Upon completion of the program, your results will be automatically sent to your home on a certificate. You will be very proud of yourself when you see how far you have come!
Begin the process now by taking the Diabetes Self-Management Free test below.

As with all of our testing, wrong answers will prompt feedback to guide your learning experience. Keep in mind; we do not expect you to know what you have not yet learned.

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Program tools
  • State of the art programming with up to date information
  • Two consultations with your Registered Dietitian and/or Certified Diabetes Educator (depending on package purchased)
  • Customized diet plans that fit your specific nutritional requirements
  • Personalized and flexible weight management system
  • Interactive skill practice and quizzing for improved learning, confidence building, and hands-on application
  • Free membership to web-based support group
  • Multimedia training with audio and visuals to vary the learning environment
  • Word / phrase search to easily locate topics of interest
  • Free downloadable manual
  • Goal-setting support
  • Text that is modifiable in size and font for comfortable reading
  • Text edition of demonstrations and audio messages if you prefer reading over listening
  • Glossary of medical terms
  • Quick references
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
  • Library of supportive information

Next You Will Learn…
  • Who gets diabetes and why
  • How the doctor diagnoses diabetes
  • Symptoms of very high glucose
  • How glucose intolerance is linked to other chronic diseases

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