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Diabetes Management

Managing Diabetes Together

You don’t have to face diabetes alone. The experienced team at Ochsner offers the tools and support you need to:

  • Manage your diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of complications
  • Improve your quality of life

Talk with your Ochsner-affiliated primary care provider about enrolling on the Diabetes Management Program with our Diabetes Educators. 

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have lived with diabetes for many years, Ochsner’s Diabetes Management Program can help you take control.



We offer important information and expert care on the four key ways diabetes is managed:

  1. Healthy eating
  2. Medication
  3. Physical activity
  4. Self-monitoring

The challenge of having diabetes can feel overwhelming. But with the help of our dedicated specialists, valuable education and quality services, you will have the support you need to manage your diabetes with confidence.

The Ochsner Diabetes Management Program has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Assocation for Quality Self-Management Education and support.


Program Locations

  • North Shore / Slidell
  • Metairie and Jefferson Highway
  • Baptist
  • Baton Rouge
  • West Bank

Click on the links below for details on each location.

What is Diabetes?

There are two main kinds of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. If you have either type, this means your blood sugar is too high, and that can lead to serious medical problems.

Symptoms of diabetes may include changes in eyesight, frequent urination, weight loss, increased thirst and hunger, excessive tiredness and blurred vision. Diabetes is a lifelong condition, but it can be controlled to prevent complications.

What’s the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a rare autoimmune disease in which the body can’t produce insulin, a substance your body needs to control blood sugar.

Type 2 diabetes is most common. With Type 2 diabetes, the body can’t use the insulin you produce like it once did, making it increasingly difficult to control your blood sugar. You may be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are overweight or lack physical activity
  • Are over the age of 45
  • Have a family history of Type 2 diabetes
  • Are a woman diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy