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)
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)
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:
Long-acting insulin injections:
Tresiba U-100 pen:
Tresiba U-200 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.
Tandem pumps upload to t:connect:
Medtronic pumps upload to Medtronic CareLink:
OmniPod PDM and DASH system upload to Glooko
Blood Glucose Meters:
Most Blood Glucose Meters Upload to Glooko
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)
DexCom CGM uploads to Clarity
For the patient if using a DexCom receiver:
For the patient if using a smartphone as the receiver (using the DexCom G6 mobile app):
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:
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.
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 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:
Other helpful resources in the library:
The Library is located at University of Chicago Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM), 5758 S. Maryland Ave., 5th Floor Endocrinology Clinic.
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.
Diabetes Resources for Kovler website
Novo Nordisk booklets for T1D across the ages includes: