Community resources

Get help managing your diabetes

Call Allina Health Class Registration at 1-866-904-9962. Call one of the following Allina Health hospitals with diabetes centers.

Local chapters of the American Diabetes Association (ADA)

The phone number for the American Diabetes Association's Minnesota chapter is 763-593-5333 or 1-800-DIABETES.

The website is diabetes.org.

ADA representatives can give you answers to some of your questions about diabetes. They offer information and referral for health care, financial aid insurance, discrimination for people with diabetes. Other services include Camp Needlepoint/Daypoint, newsletters, TV, health fairs, speakers bureau, fund raising for research and education, support groups, professional education, literature, films, videos and education workshops.

From the ADA, you also may order a free catalog of books on various diabetes topics by calling toll free 1-800-232-6733.

Other sources of information

Magazines and newspapers

Call for a subscription rate.

Diabetes Forecast, Diabetes Magazine: American Diabetes Association, 1-800-806-7801 or 1-818-487-2001; 12 issues a year

Diabetes Self-Management, Diabetes Magazine; 1-800-234-0923; 6 issues a year

Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health; 415-488-4526; 12 issues a year

Healthy Set Go, free email newsletter; Allina Health 

Senior medicine program

Minnesota has a program that may cover some of your prescription costs.

Call the Senior LinkAge® Line at 1-800-333-2433 for more information.

Websites

Allina Health - allinahealth.org/diabetes

American Diabetes Association - diabetes.org

American Dietetic Association - eatright.org

Diabetes Health - diabeteshealth.com

Diabetes Forecast - diabetesforecast.org

Diabetes Self Management - ndep.nih.gov

Diabetes information from Joslin Diabetes Center - joslin.org

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - jdrf.org

Where can I get the meter and other supplies?

You may want to ask at your clinic if there is someone who can help you get supplies and train you to use the equipment. All of the diabetes centers listed at the top of this page can help you. You can purchase supplies at your pharmacy, but you should check with your diabetes educator first before purchasing equipment. Get his or her recommendation about the best equipment for you.

How do I pay for diabetes supplies?

Most health care plans as well as Medicare and Medical Assistance cover a large portion, if not all, of the cost of meters, test strips and other supplies. If you have questions, you should call the customer service number for your health plan. You can also call a diabetes educator for this information.

I feel frustrated and overwhelmed by all the changes I need to make. Where can I get help?

These are very normal feelings and many people feel the need for help. You do not need to make all the changes at once—take small steps and you are likely to be more successful.

  • Talk with others who have diabetes.
  • Seek out a support group.
  • Find counselors or social workers in your community who could help.
  • Ask your health care provider or diabetes educator where you can go for help.

The important thing to know is that there are others who can help. You do not need to struggle alone.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Basic Skills for Living with Diabetes, sixth edition
First Published: 11/27/2006
Last Reviewed: 01/09/2015

Allina Health Diabetes Education Program

Many Allina Health clinics have an outpatient diabetes education program.

Call 612-262-4314 or visit allinahealth.org/diabeteseducation or more information or to find a location near you.

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