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Living with Diabetes

If you're one of the millions of people living with diabetes, you know how challenging it can be to manage your disease. Keeping your conditions under control requires careful monitoring, regularly taking any prescription medications, as well as making informed diet, fitness and other lifestyle choices. Your diabetes care team at Day Kimball is here to help you manage your diabetes.

Complications From Uncontrolled Diabetes if Left Untreated

  • Heart disease
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Microvascular disease
    • Retinopathy (to the eyes)
    • Nephropathy (to the kidneys)
    • Neuropathy (to the nervous system)

Conditions Treated

  • Type 1 Diabetes (insulin dependent)
    • Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Latent autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA)
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes

Types of Education

Outpatient appointments with our certified diabetes educator (CDE) are available for all ages. Education is available for all types of diabetes, insulin pumps, continuous glucose sensors, meal planning and more.

Outpatient Diabetes Self Management Program

Day Kimball Healthcare's Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSMES) Program is an outpatient program provided through our Endocrinology services and is designed for adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Day Kimball's DSMES program is led by our registered dietitian (RD) and certified diabetes educator (CDE). 

Our program is tailored to your individual needs. We offer individual counseling and group education and support classes to help you learn how to manage your diabetes. You will meet with the diabetes dietitian to review your lab work and discuss your education plan and your goals. Your plan may include a group class series or individual education sessions.

Diabetes education is a recognized part of your diabetes care and is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans when it is offered through an accredited diabetes education program. Day Kimball's DSMES Program is in pursuit of this recognition through the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

About the Program

The Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSMES) Program includes an individual assessment with our certified diabetes educator (CDE) followed by the option to attend all or some of our 3-week group class series. This interactive program will be held at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam after attending your individual appointment in Plainfield. The DSMES program is for adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and will focus on nutrition, exercise, medication management, behavior change and goal setting.


Individual diabetes education and the Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSMES) Program is covered by most insurance groups including Medicare. Please confirm with your insurance provider to verify your benefits before scheduling an appointment.


A referral from your primary care practitioner (PCP) is required for both individual education and the DSMES program. Ask your provider for a referral today. 

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call the Day Kimball Medical Group Endocrinology office at
(860) 457-9133 Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

About Our Certified Diabetes Educator

Sarah Balko, RD, CDCES, is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in the Day Kimball Medical Group's endocrinology department at Day Kimball Healthcare. She has been educating patients in improving their health for 20 years. She treats both children and adults, and her specialities include medical nutrition therapy and diabetes education. Learn more about Sarah Balko >

Billing and Payment Information

Billing for diabetes education services will come from Day Kimball Medical Group. Please check with your insurance carrier for details about your specific coverage, copays, deductibles and any prior authorization requirements. 

If you have questions about your Day Kimball Hospital bill or need help paying for care, please contact our team of financial counselors. For more information visit billing page.

Other Services Integrated with Endocrinology

Primary Care
Cancer Care
Women's Health

Locations, Hours and Contact Information

Consultations are available at our Day Kimball Healthcare Center in Plainfield. A referral from your primary care practitioner (PCP) is required.

Day Kimball Healthcare Center
12 Lathrop Road
Plainfield, CT 06374

office: (860) 457-9133
fax: (860) 457-9137

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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