Nearly 80 million American children and adults have diabetes and an additional 79 million adults have prediabetes. This number is expected to grow with an additional 1.9 million people being diagnosed each year. Tallahassee Memorial offers inpatient and outpatient services to help with the diagnosis and management of diabetes as well as additional conditions often associated with diabetes, such as obesity, stroke and heart disease.

Our Services

We offer comprehensive outpatient diabetes services guided by physicians and supported by a team of diabetes educators, including nurses and registered dietitians. Our facility is the only of its kind in the Big Bend region and specializes in caring for adults and children with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

Nutrition Counseling

Our registered dietitians work together with you to create a custom nutrition plan based on your needs. When creating the custom diet, your age, type of diabetes, other conditions, lifestyle, etc. are taken into consideration so you have a plan that works well for you.

Diabetes Education

Our specially trained nurses and registered dietitians educate patients on a variety of diabetes related topics, including blood sugar testing, managing high and low blood sugar, making healthy food choices and insulin.

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Metabolic Health Center is offering a new prevention program available to help people at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. The yearlong program, created by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), is being implemented all over the country. The groups range from 10-20 people who meet in a group setting every week for six months and one to two times per month for the second six months. The goal of the program is to achieve and maintain a five percent weight loss and maintain 150 minutes of exercise each week.

People who may be eligible to join include those who are over 18 years of age, have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are overweight, are not physically active or had gestational diabetes. Additionally, there are risk assessment tests and/or lab work that can help identify prediabetes.

Do you have prediabetes? Take the CDC’s Prediabetes Screening Test!

Patient Resources

Support Groups

The TMH Physician Partners - Metabolic Health Center provides regular support groups for adults and children, as well as their families, living with diabetes. The groups meet within the TMH Physician Partners - Metabolic Health Center on a monthly to quarterly basis. To learn more about the support groups, call the Metabolic Health Center at 850-431-5404 or ask your diabetes educator at your next appointment.

Helpful Resources

International Diabetes Federation

American Diabetes Association

Florida Department of Health

MedlinePlus - The National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. It has information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. It offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Florida Diabetes Camp - Camp information and forms.  All programs are open to youngsters with type 1 insulin dependent diabetes.  Financial aid is available for all events.

Florida Diabetes Camps are open to youngsters with type 1 insulin dependent diabetes.  Financial aid is available to all events.  Call 352-334-1321 or email fccyd@floridadiabetescamp.org.

ThyroidAwareness - This is a great resource on the Thyroid gland.  There are even instructions on how to do a thyroid neck check!

Lilly Diabetes - Lilly Diabetes has joined with Disney to create materials and resources designed to speak to families of children with type 1 diabetes.

Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes -  This is the website for the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes.  Rotary International Foundation provided more than $227 Million to service projects across the globe in 2007-2008.

Human Growth Foundation - A national non-profit organization, has committed its resources to the research, education, support and advocacy of disorders related to growth or growth hormone.

University of Chicago, Celiac Disease Center - They are a really good resource for Celiac Disease.  Their free care package is wonderful.

TOOSOON.Com - Get the facts on Central Precocious Puberty

American Medical Association App - Patients can use the American Medical Association's free app to track progress in reaching their weight, eating and physical activity goals. The app is part of Weigh What Matters, a family obesity prevention program developed by the AMA that encourages patients to work with their physicians to maintain a healthy weight, eat better and increase physical activity.  This app is available for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch on the AMA iTunes store and for Android Devices.

More great apps for the iPhone are Fooducate., Withings, and Figwee. 

Children’s Diabetes Services

Children’s Diabetes Program

Children and their families are seen on an individual basis by our pediatric diabetes team, which consists of trained nurses and dietitians, who work closely with children, their families and their doctor to help them adjust to the diagnosis of diabetes. Continuing visits are also provided to ensure confidence and successful diabetes self-management.

The Kids Connection

Our pediatric diabetes program offers support groups and planned events to bring families together in the lifelong learning process.

Family Caring and Sharing Weekend

This is an annual spring event that brings children with diabetes and their families together for a fun-filled educational weekend at the beach. Families are given the opportunity to learn together from each other and their healthcare team members in a relaxing atmosphere.

Summer Youth Camp

Summer camp allows elementary-school children the opportunity to meet other kids with diabetes. This fun-filled camp teaches kids the importance of blood sugar testing, the effects of food and exercise and the positive impact of discussing their disease with friends. Camp includes confidence-building activities. This event is done in partnership with the Florida Diabetes Camp and is supported by the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation's Partners for Diabetes.

School-Day Care Support

The Diabetes Center provides management and individual patient support training to school nurses and health aides, through funding by the Proctor Endowment for Children with Diabetes. Assistance is offered to reach reasonable goals for each child's school-day care, activities, food servings and emergency responses.

Family Support Group

Our family support group offers families in the North Florida and South Georgia area an opportunity to connect with each other and receive regular local diabetes news through an e-newsletter. Meetings are held regularly and designed to offer both emotional and educational support to all members of the family. Ask your diabetes educator or call the Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center at 850-431-5404 to find out the next meeting date.

Behavioral Therapy

The diagnosis of diabetes can have a major psychological impact on the entire family. Whether your child has just been diagnosed with diabetes of it's been several years, there are many benefits of seeking a therapist's support. We have a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist here at the Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center that is part of our team.

Our Behavioral Therapist can assist with several aspects of your child’s care.

  • Adjusting to diabetes
  • Goal setting
  • Problem solving
  • Coping with diabetes management
  • Stress management
  • Social support
  • Staying motivated
  • Diabetes burnout

Pediatric Diabetes Program Volunteers

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Patient Forms