For whom?

For diabetes education, there is a distinction between a care program ("zorgtraject") and a pre-program ("voortraject"). Below you can read the difference between the two.

Care program or "Zorgtraject"

The diabetes care program organizes and coordinates the approach and follow-up of people with type 2 diabetes by the general practitioner and the diabetologist. The program is in collaboration with other health professionals, including the diabetes educator.

The diabetes patient, the GP, and the diabetologist sign a contract that is valid indefinitely.

Who is entitled to it?

Patients already on maximal oral treatment but with insufficient monitoring or insulin treatment is in consideration. The patient does NOT need to inject any insulin yet

This also includes patients who receive or are about to start treatment with injectable incretin mimetics.

If you receive 1 or 2 insulin injections, you can also join the care program.

What does it entail?

Each patient in the diabetes care program is entitled to 5 sessions of 30 minutes of diabetes education per calendar year, excluding dietary counseling. Five additional sessions are possible during the calendar year of the 1st series or the calendar year that follows.

Pre-program or "Voortraject"

This concerns patients who are not included in the diabetes care program or the diabetes convention.

The diabetes pre-program aims to provide a better framework for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Every patient in the diabetes pre-program who is between 15-69 years old, has a BMI over 30, and/or has arterial hypertension is entitled to 4 educations of 30 minutes per calendar year, excluding dietary counseling.

What does an education entail?

  • General Information and Insight

    • Cause of the disease
    • Disease progression
    • Complications
    • Life expectancy
  • Support

    Support for both you and your family to cope with diabetes and its consequences

  • Teaching Techniques

    • General techniques for taking control of diabetes care yourself.
    • Injection technique of insulin & rotation of injection sites
  • Explanation about Insulin and Medication

    • Working of Insulin
    • Storage of Insulin
    • The effect of certain drugs on the glycemia
  • Measuring Glycemia

    • Advice on glucose meter choice, diet, lifestyle, exercise ...
    • Teaching glycemia measurements with a glucose meter, lancets, and strips.
  • Prevention

    • Inform how hypo- and hyperglycemia can be prevented, recognized, and corrected.
    • Preventing long-term complications
  • Miscellaneous

    • Social information (driver's license, insurance ...)
    • Info about traveling with diabetes