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When you have diabetes, you body has problems converting the food you eat into energy.

Normally, the food we eat is broken down into glucose, a form of sugar that is used by our cells for growth and energy. For cells to use glucose, insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas) must be present. If insulin isn't present, or if the cells don't respond to it, glucose stays in the bloodstream, causing a rise in the blood sugar or blood glucose level.

If untreated, diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and blood vessels.

Diagnosing Diabetes

Glucose Screenings (Free)

Glucose screenings measure whether or not your blood glucose level is higher than what's considered normal. If it's high you may be able to restore your blood glucose level to a normal level through diet and exercise.

Catholic Health offers free glucose screenings throughout the Western New York area. To learn about upcoming screenings, click here to visit our events calendar.

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Monitoring and Treating Diabetes

LifeSkills 4-part Diabetes Management Class

Daily activities affect blood sugar control. You decide what to eat, whether or not to exercise and when to take medication. Because the part you play is so important, you need to keep yourself informed with up-to-date information.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who meets the following criteria should attend class:

  • Was recently diagnosed with diabetes
  • Has had a change in treatment or nutrition plan
  • Has not had a previous opportunity to attend class
  • Has difficulty controlling their diabetes 


Classes will be taught by registered nurses and registered dietitians who are certified diabetes educators.

Class Times and Locations

Every program consists of a series of four classes. You have the option to choose a series offered in the morning, afternoon or evening.

See our events calendar for upcoming class dates.

What You Will Learn

  • What is diabetes?
  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Medications
  • Self blood glucose monitoring
  • Dealing with high and low blood sugars
  • Avoiding long-term complications
  • Foot care
  • Goal setting and problem solving
  • Emotional adjustment and stress management
  • Lifestyle changes to promote a healthy lifestyle

Important Points

  • Your physician will be contacted to complete the required referral form. 
  • If you require specific assistance or service, please notify HealthConnection when you register.

Cost and Registration

Program charges are covered by most insurances. You should check with your insurance company prior to scheduling classes. A family member or friend may attend with you at no additional cost.

For cost information and to register, click here to download our brochure and registration form.

The Catholic Health Lifeskills Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education.

Gestational Diabetes Classes

Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes in which a pregnant woman's blood sugar, or glucose levels, becomes elevated. Gestational diabetes increases the risk of complications for mother and baby, if not properly treated.

Gestational diabetes can be controlled through healthy eating, exercising, and medication, if needed.

This condition usually disappears after the baby is born. However, women who have had gestational diabetes are at an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

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What You Will Learn

By attending a gestational diabetes class, you will learn:

  • What gestational diabetes is
  • How to monitor your glucose levels
  • Nutrition and personalized meal planning

Class Times

Class times vary but are generally on Tuesday mornings from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Class Location

Gestational diabetes classes are taught by certified diabetes educators and are held at the following Catholic Health location:


To attend a gestational diabetes class, you must have a prescription from your physician.

To register, please call (716) 828-2821.


The cost of a gestational diabetes class is about $30. We will submit the charge to your insurance company. Financial assistance is also available.

Your spouse or significant other is welcome to attend at no additional cost.

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Additional Services

Individual Instruction

Available for:

  • Insulin Administration
  • Home blood glucose testing

A prescription from your doctor is needed for this service.

Continuing Your Journey

This is an optional follow-up session for those who attended our Lifeskills Diabetes Self Management.

More Information

Phone  Call our HealthConnection line at (716) 706-2112, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
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Buffalo, NY 14203

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