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Diabetes Education Classes

For now, due to COVID-19, we are not offering diabetes classes.  Please talk to your healthcare provider to receive a referral for a one on one virtual visit with an educator.

In the mean time, here are some additional education links that you can use until the classes resume.  Thank you!!


Videos for visual learners to better understand diabetes care:


Videos about medications and basics about diabetes from Lilly Diabetes.



Free webinar on carbohydrate counting, you don’t even have to register an email address.  Although on Tandem’s website, not specific to the Tandem pump.



American Diabetes Association Youtube pagewith videos on being safe at school, healthy eating and recipes, diabetes basics, and diabetes en espanol.



Diabetes Basics(from ADA Youtube page)


Interactive Websites to provide you with more information about diabetes:


American Diabetes Associationprovides lots of good information on medication management, fitness, nutrition, and the diabetes community.



Diabetes Meal Guidewalks through what to look at when meal planning for diabetes (label reading, serving size, CHO counting)



Diabetes Teaching Center from University of California San Francisco.  Good information all in one spot. (T2D, newly diagnosed, living with diabetes)



Here’s a list of some fun physical activities for kids (and adults) to do while at home!


Go Noodle Video Library(Go Noodle)

CATCH At Home: Physical Activity(CATCH)

Playworks At Home: Digital and Printable Resources(Playworks)

Tools for Creating an Active Home(OPEN)

Free Resources for Staying Active at Home(Active Schools)

Mindfulness and Yoga Programs and Videos(Alo Gives)

Self-Care for Children, Families and Educators (Breathe for Change)

Yoga Ed Video Library(Yoga Ed)

Videos with tips to help you get active(Cooper Institute)

Inclusive videos that people with disabilities can do at home(National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disability)

Your Y at Home resources(YMCA)

25 Ways to Get Moving at Home(American Heart Association)

curriculum that kids and adults can use to get active at home(Fit Kids)

Multi-Game Fitness Card Deck(SHAPE America)

25 minute fun workout(Fitness Blender)


Recipe websites.  The following websites provide information on inexpensive and nutritious recipe ideas.

















Injection Video Websites


General Insulin Pen:

BD Pen injection video :



BD Pen injection website: https://livingwithdiabetes.bd.com/successful-injections/injection-tips/injections-with-a-4-mm-pen-needle


General Insulin Vial and Syringe:

BD Vial and Syringe injection video:



Rapid-acting insulin injections:

NovoLog pen:



Fiasp pen:



Long-acting insulin injections:

Tresiba U-100 pen:



Tresiba U-200 pen:



GLP injections:

Ozempic pen:



Trulicity pen:


Victoza pen:





Information more specific to Type 1 Diabetes


T1D Self Care Manual, free downloadable PDF.


For kids, learning all about T1D through online computer platform.



Multiple videos geared towards kids: T1D, T2D, how your body gets energy, and how insulin is made



Video on T1D called Kara and the Dire Beastie, helps kids learn about diabetes through a cartoon character.


Weekly Bg insulin food log 



Daily Blood Glucose Insulin and Food Log



A Guide on Uploading Your Diabetes Devices Remotely: for Insulin Pumps, Continuous Glucose Monitors and Blood Glucose Meters

Uploading your devices to a personal computer and sharing the data with your diabetes doctor is helpful for you and your diabetes doctor. Your diabetes doctor can get a better understanding of your blood sugar patterns and how to make adjustments to the treatment plan, especially between in-person visits.

This guide below outlines the different diabetes devices and the tools you need to upload the data.  As a reminder, always let your diabetes doctor or diabetes educator know when you have uploaded or if you need help with the upload. If there are more technical questions specific to the upload websites such as troubleshooting steps to upload or using the right USB cable to connect to the device, please contact the website’s support line (their contact info is below).

For your account data to be “linked” or “shared” with our clinic, you will either need to share your account login information with the clinic, or enter U of Chicago’s sharing “code” to your account, or accept a sharing invite that the clinic sends to your email. The sharing information is outlined below.


Insulin Pumps


Tandem pumps upload to t:connect:



Medtronic pumps upload to Medtronic CareLink:



OmniPod PDM and DASH system upload to Glooko


  • Create an account on Glooko here: https://www.glooko.com/.
  • If you need help creating an account or uploading, contact Glooko support
    • Web Support: www.support.glooko.com
    • Email Support: support@glooko.com
    • Call Support: 1-800-206-6601, Option 1
    • SMS/Text Support: 650-720-5310
  • Upload device to computer – steps on uploading can be found here https://www.glooko.com/compatibility/and search for OmniPod PDM or DASH, and by reading the Quick Start Guide here: https://support.glooko.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003858909-Glooko-Uploader-Quick-Start-Guide
  • Requires a USB cable specific to your OmniPod PDM or DASH. Please contact Insulet (OmniPod company) or Glooko to have the cable sent to you if needed. DASH users should have the USB cable the device is charged with.
  • Link your account with our clinic by entering the entering theU of C ProConnect Code: uofchicago


Blood Glucose Meters:

Most Blood Glucose Meters Upload to Glooko

  • Create an account on Glooko here: https://www.glooko.com/.
  • If you need help creating an account or uploading, contact Glooko support
  • Requires a USB cable specific to your blood glucose meter. Please contact the meter company to have the cable sent to you (number located on back of meter) or contact Glooko.
  • Link your account with our clinic by entering the U of C ProConnect Code: uofchicago


Continuous Glucose Monitors:

FreeStyle Libre CGM uploads to LibreView


For the patient using the Libre reader:


For the patient using their smartphone as a reader (using the FreeStyle LibreLink mobile app)

  • Log into your account for www.libreview.com
  • If you do not know your account information or need helping setting up an account, contact Libre customer support:
  • Your smartphone should automatically share the data with Librevew.com so there is no need to “upload” the device to a computer.
  • Link your account with our clinic, read about it here:https://pat.libreview.io/articles/link-your-account
    • Enter the U of C Practice ID: uofchicago
    • Or accept the Libre email invitation for sharing (Please let the clinic know your correct email address to send you the email invite)


DexCom CGM uploads to Clarity


For the patient if using a DexCom receiver:

  • Requires the USB cable used to charge the receiver
    • You will need to accept the DexCom email invitation for sharing (Please let the clinic know your correct email address to send you the email invite)


For the patient if using a smartphone as the receiver (using the DexCom G6 mobile app):

    • You will need to accept the DexCom email invitation for sharing (Please let the clinic know your correct email address to send you the email invite)


Other options: Some blood glucose meters are Bluetooth enabled and data can be sent to a mobile device and the logbook can be emailed to your doctor.

Here are some meters that have Bluetooth capability:



If you are unable to download your blood glucose meter, you can use the following links to use a paper logbook and write down numbers before your virtual appointment
You can also log your blood sugars on an app and send that information to your doctor. 
While there are many apps available, here are a few suggestions:
Glucose Buddy

Kovler offers diabetes education classes for all University of Chicago Medicine adult patients with type 2 diabetes. In these classes patients will review the basics of diabetes management and have the opportunity to ask and discuss individual questions with our Certified Diabetes Educators. Class costs can be billed to your insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid).

Time: 1-3pm on Thursdays

Location: University of Chicago Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) Suite 5A in the Jim Tyree Diabetes Education Library

Parking: Valet parking is available

To register, please ask any of your University of Chicago physicians for a referral. Once you have obtained a referral please email us or call 773-702-2371, select option 1, and ask to sign up for the “diabetes education class.”

Not sure when you should be getting diabetes education? Click here to view our algorithm of care, which shows when we recommend patients meet with a diabetes educator.

You can also click here to view the types of topics that educators can cover with you at each meeting

Kovler Program Guides

Kovler offers comprehensive guides to its patient programs that include more information about the Kovler Diabetes Center, overviews of our programs, introductions to the Kovler team, lists of local resources, and more.

Our program guides include:

The Jim Tyree Diabetes Education Library

The Jim Tyree Diabetes Education Library at the University of Chicago provides our patients with additional resources they may need beyond the clinic. Although designed with Kovler Diabetes Center patients in mind, the library is open to all University of Chicago Medicine patients. Physicians and staff are also welcome.

Technological resources in the library include:

  • An interactive touch-screen monitor that allows visitors to explore the wide range of resources available through the Kovler website
  • A computer workstation with access to websites and Certified Diabetes Educator-approved tutorials
  • Printer access for patients who may not have internet access at home, so they may print out any relevant materials to take with them
  • A large plasma screen that can display educational videos, teleconference with professionals, or be used as an aid for diabetes education classes
  • Plasma screens in diabetes education rooms that can display lab results, show patient tutorials and more

Other helpful resources in the library:

  • A Kovler team member onsite to help direct patients to resources tailored to their needs
  • An extensive collection of booklets, heath guides and cookbooks on a wide variety of topics including carb counting, foot care and diabetes-friendly vegetarian cooking
  • A selection of diabetes books and activities for kids
  • Constructive activities to engage patients both before and after appointments
  • Access to valuable information for research and improvement measures

The Library is located at University of Chicago Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM), 5758 S. Maryland Ave., 5th Floor Endocrinology Clinic.

FREE Community Resources Directory

Kovler’s free Community Resources Directory includes a wide range of helpful local resources for patients with diabetes and their families. You’ll find information about diabetes care resources, services to address diabetes-related complications, physical fitness and nutritional resources, social services, medical supply stores and so much more. View or download our Directory.

Additional Diabetes Resources

Diabetes Resources for Kovler website

  1. Nutrition apps:
    1. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-iphone-android-apps#HealthyOut
      1. “HealthyOut”helps you find healthy options at restaurants near you; can filter results based on preferences; suggests easy modifications for boosting nutrition
      2. “ShopWell”helps user to decipher food labels at the grocery store; gives personalized food recommendations based on entered goals and dietary restrictions; suggests healthy foods in your store and scores how well you’re doing at shopping for nutritious foods
  • “MyNetDiary”for weight loss–has user pick a weight goal; analyzes daily food logs; gives you personalized diet advice; customize home screen to include nutrients of your choice for a daily intake snapshot; lets you track body measurements, lab results, symptoms
  1. “MyPlate”Food and exercise tracking, active community with people of similar health or fitness goals to chat with for motivation
  1. http://www.health.com/nutrition/best-nutrition-apps
    1. Fooducate”scan nutrition labels for quick assessment of nutrition of product
    2. “MyFitnessPal” 
  2. https://runnerclick.com/10-best-nutrition-apps-reviewed/
    1. “FatSecret”has good ratings: calorie tracker, exercise support and tracker, recipes
    2. “Lose It!”Calorie tracker, track exercise info; good ratings
  • “MyPlate Calorie Tracker” by live strong. Browse meals and recipes by category, compares meals at restaurants along with explanations for why suggested alternative is preferable nutritionally, journals for calorie and exercise tracking
  1. http://slidetorock.com/apps/EatRight-food-diary-fitness-app.html
    1. EatRight—Simple Daily Food diary: uses the idea of food exchanges to teach individuals how to group foods into each category, and how many to eat from each category at each meal
  1. ADA website resources
    1. Carbohydrate counting:http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/carbohydrate-counting/carbohydrate-counting.html?loc=ff-slabnav
    2. Recipes:https://www.diabetesfoodhub.org/
    3. Non-starchy vegetables explanation:http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-healthy-food-choices/non-starchy-vegetables.html?loc=ff-slabnav
    4. Meal planning for vegetarian diabetics:http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/meal-planning-for-vegetarians/
    5. Plate method demonstration: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/create-your-plate/
    6. Healthy meal plans/eating styles for diabetics:http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/diabetes-meal-plans-and-a-healthy-diet.html
    7. Cutting back on sodium for CVD protection: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/food-tips/cutting-back-on-sodium.html
    8. Nutrient content claims to look out for on packaged foods:http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/food-tips/nutrient-content-claims.html
    9. Diabetes myths:http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/myths/?loc=db-slabnav
  1. JDRF website resources
    1. Health insurance guide:http://typeonenation.org/resources/insurance/?_ga=2.131461391.1018219856.1529073618-1816317191.1529073618
    2. High blood sugar symptoms:http://www.jdrf.org/t1d-resources/symptoms/high-blood-sugar/
    3. Low blood sugar symptoms:http://www.jdrf.org/t1d-resources/symptoms/low-blood-sugar/
    4. Support team email:http://typeonenation.org/resources/online-diabetes-support-team/?_ga=2.195490092.1018219856.1529073618-1816317191.1529073618
    5. Illinois chapter—info and events: http://www.jdrf.org/illinois/
    6. Community forum:http://typeonenation.org/?_ga=2.195490092.1018219856.1529073618-1816317191.1529073618
    7. Health insurance guide:http://typeonenation.org/resources/insurance/?_ga=2.229439516.1018219856.1529073618-1816317191.1529073618
    8. Type 1 diabetes events:http://typeonenation.org/t1d-education-support-events/
    9. Type 1 diabetes toolkits for download:http://typeonenation.org/resources/newly-diagnosed/t1d-toolkits/?_ga=2.223870363.1018219856.1529073618-1816317191.1529073618
    10. Type I diabetes care kit (booklets on carb counting, etc):

JDRF T1D Care Kit

  1. College diabetes network
    1. Find a chapter near you:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/campus-chapters?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInZ2tm_fV2wIVg7fACh0qVgnIEAAYASAAEgKdHvD_BwE
    2. You’ve Got This: A Guide for Young Adults Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes —https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/newdx
    3. College scholarships: https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/scholarships-1
    4. Applying for accommodations for standardized testing:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/standardized-testing
    5. Tips for looking at schools/things to consider:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/looking-schools#healthservices
    6. Tips for preparing to leave for college:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/preparing-leave
    7. Navigating dining hall nutrition:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/dining-hall-eating
    8. Sports and exercise tips for maintaining blood sugar:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/sports-exercise
    9. How and why to register for accommodations:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/Accommodations
    10. Mental health resources at college:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/mental-health
    11. Alcohol use and effects:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/touchy-topics#alcohal
    12. Info on meters, CGMs, pumps:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/technology
    13. Info for roommates with T1Ds:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/friends-roommates-and-relationships
    14. Advice for parents—preparing for the transition to college:https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/cdn-parent
  2. We are diabetes
    1. Recovery centers:http://www.wearediabetes.org/recovery.php
    2. Other resources: http://www.wearediabetes.org/resources.php
  3. T1 everyday magic
    1. FAQs for newly diagnosed pts:https://www.t1everydaymagic.com/category/newly-diagnosed/newly-diagnosed-faqs/
    2. Going back to school after a type 1 diagnosis:https://www.t1everydaymagic.com/newly-diagnosed-going-back-to-school-after-a-type-1-diagnosis/
    3. Tips for handling sports and activity:https://www.t1everydaymagic.com/category/daily-life/sports-fitness/
  4. Teen resources:
    1. Diabetes UK
      1. https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
      2. Tattoos and safety:https://www.diabetes.co.uk/tattoos-and-diabetes.html
    2. Blogs (teens and adults)
      1. Teens with type 1:https://thediabeticjourney.com/teenager-with-type-1-diabetes/
      2. Diabetes self-management:https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/
  • Scott’s diabetes:https://scottsdiabetes.com/
  1. Diabetes stops here:http://diabetesstopshere.org/
  2. Diabetes mine:https://www.healthline.com/diabetesmine
  3. A sweet life:https://asweetlife.org/
  • Diabetesaliciousness:http://diabetesaliciousness.blogspot.com/
  • D-mom: http://www.d-mom.com/
  1. Diabetes daily: http://www.diabetesdaily.com/
  2. Diabetes stories: https://diabetesstories.com/
  3. D-life: http://dlife.com/diabetes-blog/
  1. Insulin nation: http://insulinnation.com/
  1. Diatribe
    1. Resources:https://diatribe.org/resources
    2. Parenting your teen with type 1:https://diatribe.org/parenting-your-teen-type-1-diabetes
  • Diabetes app information:https://diatribe.org/diabetes-tech-horizon-new-apps-coming-2018
  1. Data downloading software for diabetes devices:https://diatribe.org/data-downloading-software
  1. Diabetes doing things (podcast):http://diabeticsdoingthings.com/podcast/
  2. Online communities:
    1. Six until me:https://sixuntilme.com/wp/
    2. Diabetes dad:http://diabetesdad.org/
  3. Community resources
    1. Diabetes events/programs in IL:http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/local-offices/chicago-illinois/
    2. Diabetes care on the south side of Chicago:http://southsidediabetes.com/patients/resources-and-help/
    3. Humboldt park diabetes empowerment center:http://www.prcc-chgo.org/programs/dec/
    4. Chicago Northern/southern support groups:http://www.jdrf.org/illinois/events/chicagonorthern-suburbs-support-groups/
    5. Rush Hospital education and support group: https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/support-groups/diabetes-support-and-education-group
    6. Health & wellness services in Chicago:https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/progs/health.html
    7. Health & wellness fairs:http://www.suburbanresourceguide.com/leisure-recreation/health-wellness-fairs/#.Wy0YLFMvyHo
    8. Physical fitness resources:
      1. Free walking programs at Museum of Science & Industry:http://www.uchospitals.edu/pdf/uch_011250.pdf
      2. Mall walking programs and hours in IL:http://www.suburbanresourceguide.com/leisure-recreation/mall-walkers/#.Wy0QUVMvyHo
  • Walking clubs: http://www.suburbanresourceguide.com/leisure-recreation/walking-clubs/#.Wy0jcVMvyHo
  1. Farmers Markets in IL:http://www.suburbanresourceguide.com/leisure-recreation/suburban-farmers-markets-2/#.Wy0X_1MvyHo
  1. Forms
    1. Basic Chicago Public School Plan
      1. Diabetes management policy:https://policy.cps.edu/download.aspx?ID=260
      2. Menus with carb reports for all school meals: https://cps.edu/About_CPS/Departments/Pages/MealMenu.aspx
  • Chronic dx management at school
    1. Student Medical Info form:https://cps.edu/OSHW/Documents/StudentMedicalInformationForm_English.pdf
    2. School form for physician:https://cps.edu/OSHW/Documents/ChronicDiseaseProcessOverview_English.pdf
    3. Forms for Administration of Medicine at school:https://cps.edu/oshw/Pages/HealthPolicies.aspx
  1. Diabetes Medical Management plan
    1. DMMP:http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/PDFs/living-with-diabetes/diabetes-medical-management.pdf
    2. section 504 plan pdf:http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/diabetes-care-at-school/written-care-plans/section-504-plan.html
  • IEP plan:http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/diabetes-care-at-school/written-care-plans/individualized-education-program.html
  1. Driver’s license laws
    1. Illinois: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/know-your-rights/discrimination/drivers-licenses/driver-license-laws-by-state-display.html?state=IL
    2. Indiana: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/know-your-rights/discrimination/drivers-licenses/driver-license-laws-by-state-display.html?state=IN
  2. Driver/physician license agreement
    1. Illinois Medical Report Form to fill out prior to getting a license: https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_dc163.pdf
    2. IN does not need to fill out anything UNLESS they have a history of hypoglycemia (The license application (first-time and renewal) asks about this)
  3. Info for school nurses
    1. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/diabetes-care-at-school/
    2. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/diabetes-care-at-school/school-staff-trainings/training-resources.html
  • https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/communication-programs/ndep/health-professionals/helping-student-diabetes-succeed-guide-school-personnel
  1. http://www.joslin.org/for_school_nurses.html
  1. Links to ACT and SAT accommodation information
    1. General rights of students during standardized tests: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/diabetes-care-at-school/special-considerations/standardized-testing.html
    2. ACT testing accommodations:https://type1togo.com/type-1-diabetic-teens/satactaccommodationstype1diabetics/actpage/
    3. AP, SAT, ACT testing accommodations: https://type1togo.com/type-1-diabetic-teens/satactaccommodationstype1diabetics/
  2. Office of disabilities resources
    1. General rules for colleges:
      1. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/diabetes-care-at-school/special-considerations/college-and-beyond.html
      2. http://www.higheredcompliance.org/resources/disabilities-accommodations.html
    2. University of Chicago: https://disabilities.uchicago.edu/
    3. University of Illinois at Chicago: https://disabilityresources.uic.edu/
    4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: http://disability.illinois.edu/
    5. Dominican University:https://www.dom.edu/academics/aec/literacy-learning-resources/disability-support-services
    6. Loyola University: https://www.luc.edu/sswd/index.shtml
    7. DePaul University:https://offices.depaul.edu/student-affairs/about/departments/Pages/csd.aspx
    8. Northwestern University: https://www.northwestern.edu/provost/faculty-resources/work-life/disability-accommodations.html


Novo Nordisk booklets for T1D across the ages includes:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes 101: Getting Started, Staying on Track — Designed for people who have been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, their family, and friends, this guide is meant to provide both information and reassurance.Recommended for ages 13 and up.
  2. Caring for Someone With Type 1 Diabetes — Written especially for parents or caregivers of young children, elementary school kids, teens, and young adults with type 1 diabetes, it guides the reader through important diabetes facts, plus information relevant to their child’s specific stage in life.
  3. Meet Dot: Your New Friend! Ages 2-6 — This type 1 diabetes booklet features Dot, a friendly cartoon drop (or “dot”) of blood who appears during blood sugar checks and introduces young children to the world of diabetes with the help of her young friends. This educational booklet teaches through reading and coloring. It’s designed for children ages 2 to 6.
  4. My Type 1 Diabetes: Conquering the Elementary School Years: Ages 7-11 — This booklet is full of information, games, and fun “Team Challenges” focusing on things that elementary school kids need to know like going to sleepovers, parties, camp, and much more. Children ages 7 to 11 years old can read and explore this book either on their own or with some help from parents, caregivers, or friends.
  5. Get Help Navigating Your Course: Ages 12-16 — A must-read for teens, this book discusses being more independent in taking care of one’s own diabetes, driving with type 1 diabetes, and handling new tasks in their diabetes journey. Teens can read and note what they want and flip through what they don’t! Intended for pre-teens and teens ages 12 to 16.
  6. Meeting New Grown-Up Challenges: Ages 17-24 — This book contains real-world answers to help young adults manage their type 1 diabetes during this busy and exciting stage of life. Written to address the challenges and concerns of young adults ages 17 to 24, such as beginning college or new careers, and going from a pediatric diabetes care team to an adult diabetes care team.