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Diabetes Education Centres (Moncton Region)

In 2016, there were 87,000 people living with diabetes and 174,000 people living with prediabetes in New Brunswick ( Diabetes Charter for Canada).

Diabetes is a chronic condition where your body is either unable to use or make enough insulin. Insulin controls the amount of sugar in your blood. Without insulin, your body is unable to use the sugar for energy and this results in high blood sugar levels. If not treated, high blood sugar can damage your blood vessels and can lead to other health problems. 

Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels begin to rise but are not high enough to diagnose as diabetes. With support, making lifestyle changes can signficantly decrease your chances of getting diabetes. Healthier eating, physical activity, and losing weight can all contribute to a reduced risk of developing diabetes. 

Facility Details

The Diabetes Education Centres help support people living with diabetes and prediabetes to achieve wellness. The Diabetes Education Centres can help you if you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with diabetes for years. The education centres can help you set goals to improve wellness no matter what stage of your adult life. The nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers can help you manage your diabetes through support and education. Both group classes and individual appointments are available.

Regions Served: Moncton, Sackville, and surrounding areas.

MonctonMoncton Location:
Clinic A, The Moncton Hospital.
135 MacBeath Avenue. The clinic is located in the Irving Ambulatory Care Centre. Underground parking can be accessed by Walsh Street. Parking is also available across from main entrance of hospital. Parking is $2 per hour, cash only.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Telephone (506) 857-5269
 

Sackville

Sackville Location:
The Sackville Memorial Hospital.
8 Main Street. Free parking is available.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Telephone: (506) 364-4247


For more information about medications or diabetes management, talk to your health care provider or call the Diabetes Education Centre to book an appointment. 

Outside of regular clinic hours, call 811 (Telehealth) for health information. In case of emergency, call 911 immediately. 

Please note, the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic is located in the 1600 Unit (Pediatrics) of The Moncton Hospital. This clinic is available for children under the age of 18. Speak to your health care provider to set up an appointment. 


Tips for Your Visit

We recommend you bring:

  • A record of your latest blood sugar tests to every appointment
  • A list of all your medications
  • Something to take notes with
  • Any questions and concerns you may have
  • A family member or friend - they may be helpful in remembering new information
     

Diabetes Education Classes

Classes are held in a group setting at The Moncton Hospital in Clinic A and are taught by dietitians and nurses. 

Pre-Diabetes Class
Topics discussed in this class include:

  • What can put you at higher risk for getting type 2 diabetes
  • How to lower your risk with lifestyle changes (e.g., weight loss, healthy eating)
  • Making healthier food choices
  • How to start an exercise program and the benefits of physical activity
     

Basic Class: Introduction to Living with Diabetes
In this class we will talk about:

  • What diabetes is
  • How you feel about living with diabetes
  • How to live well with diabetes
  • Why it is important to check your blood sugar level and have regular blood tests
  • What does a low blood sugar mean and how to cope with lows
  • Managing diabetes through healthy eating, keeping active and taking medications
     

Healthy Eating and Keeping Active
In this class you will learn about the following topics:

  • Healthy eating and keeping active and how these affect your diabetes
  • Which food groups will affect your blood sugar levels
  • What, how much, and when you should be eating
  • Using the food guide to make meals
  • Reading food labels
  • Working through challenges of eating healthy and keeping active
  • How to keep active
  • Setting goals and involving your support network (e.g. family, friends) 
     

Best Foot Forward
Topics in this class include:

  • How diabetes can affect your feet 
  • How to care for your feet and why it is important
  • Protecting your feet and wearing the right shoes
  • Staying healthy with diabetes (e.g., blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.)
  • Types of medications for diabetes
  • Over-the-counter medications that may affect your diabetes
  • Review of blood sugar testing and 3-month sugar test (A1C)
  • Physical activity
  • Foot exam and blood pressure checks are done 
     

Moncton Diabetes Peer Support Group

This is a group of people living with diabetes who meet once a month to talk about their experieinces. Some people are newly diagnosed and others have lived with diabetes for years. The goal of this group is to share information and ideas about diabetes rather than to give medical advice. This program covers a wide range of topics. Some meetings have a guest speaker, while others are more informal. These meetings are a safe space to discuss any challenges of living with diabetes and to get support from peers. 

The meetings run from September to May, every third Tuesday of the month.

For more information contact:

Robert Surette
(506) 532-4965 

 

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