Diabetes Education Program

We provide individual assessment and nutrition counselling, insulin and blood glucose meter instruction, and other group education sessions related to talking about diabetes and making lifestyle changes.

Patients are referred to us through their family doctor and receive self-management education, either individually or in a group setting.

Free Diabetes Education and Support Groups

Our diabetes education support groups are free to attend.

  • Ajax Pickering Diabetes Education and Support Group (evening)
  • Bowmanville Diabetes Education and Support Group (daytime)
  • Oshawa Diabetes Education Support Group (evening)
  • Whitby Diabetes Education and Support Group (evening)

The 2019 to 2020 schedule includes topics such as meal planning, diabetes technology, and eating during the holidays.


Video: Diabetes Education Program 


We offer the following services at Ajax and Pickering Hospital:

  • Group education classes

  • Individual counselling by a registered nurse and registered dietitian

  • Pregnancy care for gestational or Type 2 diabetes management

  • Blood sugar review and adjustment of medications as needed in person and by phone

  • Insulin initiation and adjustment support

  • Glucagon-like Peptide-1 (GLP-1) initiation and support

  • Ongoing follow up a team setting with a registered nurse and registered dietitian

  • Endocrinologist services one day a week

How the program works

If you have been referred to our program, you will be invited to attend two group sessions: one led by a nurse, and the other by a dietitian.

The session led by the nurse will help you to better understand your diabetes, through topics such as diabetes medications, treatments, exercise and complications.  The dietitian-led session will help you to understand how healthy eating can assist in managing your sugar levels, cholesterol and your weight. Portion management, carbohydrate-counting and food label reading are some of the topics included in this session.

You will also receive a one-hour individual assessment appointment with a registered nurse, and a one-hour individual assessment appointment with a dietitian.

After you have attended these appointments, we ask you to follow up with us in a small group setting every six months.

What to bring to your appointments

Be sure to bring the following items to each appointment:

  • Your health card

  • Your blood glucose meter and log book

  • A list of all your medications and supplements


Ajax Pickering 

Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering location has now moved just west of the hospital to 95 Bayly street West, suite 404. This new site offers the convenience of free parking, with fully accessible space for patients with wheelchairs and other walking devices. Enter the main building in the corner of the plaza next to the pharmacy.


At Lakeridge Health Bowmanville, enter through the Eye Centre entrance at the North side of the hospital. Turn left and proceed down the hallway to room N 130 on the right.

Port Perry

At Lakeridge Health Port Perry, enter through the front lobby and turn left into the next hallway just past the gift shop. Follow the hallway almost to the end, and turn left towards the Emergency Department. The Diabetes Program is located just before you reach the Emergency Department.


At Lakeridge Health Whitby, enter through the visitors' entrance and continue past the security desk, turning into the next hallway on your right. Continue down the hallway to the waiting room at the end. The Diabetes Program reception desk is to the right of the waiting room. 


Ajax Pickering Hospital

  • Phone: 905-683-2320 ext. 15269

  • Fax: 905-428-5248

Bowmanville Hospital

  • Phone: 905-623-3331 ext. 21247
  • Fax: 623-697-4695

Port Perry and Whitby Hospitals

  • Phone: 905-576-8711 ext. 53726
  • Fax: 905-665-2404


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