Encouraging your family member to join a support group is a great way for him/her to receive positive reinforcement and interaction with people who have the same problems. Refer to page 23 of the 2021 Diabetes Guide for diabetes support groups in southern Illinois.

Diabetes education is of critical importance and should be considered an integral part of diabetes treatment and care. Refer to page 8 of the 2021 Diabetes Guide for links to diabetes education and information.


Currently, there are free 6-week workshops available to anyone with or caring for someone with diabetes or other chronic health conditions.  Chronic conditions include: arthritis, heart disease, asthma, lung disease, diabetes, emphysema, Parkinson's, etc. You will learn strategies to meet your nutritional and physical activity needs, to build effective relationships with your primary care provider, to manage your medications, and to deal with the physical and emotional effects of managing these conditions.  To learn more about this class click here. Call the SIH Call Center 866.744.2468 or go to the Southern Illinois Community Health Calendar.