CNY Diabetes Education Program

The Central New York Diabetes Education Program offers a comprehensive program in diabetes self-management training. CNY Diabetes is a cooperative effort of Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and is formally recognized by the American Diabetes Association. The program staff consists of certified diabetes nurse educators and registered dietitians from FSLH.

What could happen if I don’t take care of my diabetes or pre-diabetes symptoms?

Diabetes and pre-diabetes can be sneaky and you may not even know you have it. When blood sugar is not managed, a number of complications can occur including:

  • heart attack and stroke
  • blindness
  • kidney failure
  • amputations
  • nerve damage leading to poor healing and amputations.

Who can benefit from CNY Diabetes?

CNY Diabetes educates individuals of all ages with:

  • pre-diabetes
  • diabetes
  • gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy).

What services does CNY Diabetes offer?

CNY Diabetes has a high success rate in assisting people to lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels. Group or individualized education sessions cover the following topics:

  • defining pre-diabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes
  • nutritional management (carbohydrate counting) and medications
  • starting an exercise program and blood sugar monitoring
  • personal health habits and complications
  • working and traveling with diabetes
  • insulin pump training
  • continuous glucose monitoring.

What is continuous glucose monitoring?

Blood glucose tests, which monitor your diabetes through a fingerstick measurement, are only snapshots of any given test time. They may not truly predict the profile of your glucose control. The iPRO Professional CGM 3 Day Continuous Glucose Sensor, available at CNY Diabetes, allows you to see the whole picture, not just snapshots of the glucose levels. It provides insight into glucose trends between fingerstick testing, leading to improved knowledge and improved glucose control.

The iPro CGM is a means of measuring, storing, and reporting glucose levels in the interstitial fluid. The system is comfortable to wear and easy to use.

When and where are the classes held?

The CNY Diabetes classes are available during the day and the evening and are held at the Faxton Campus, 4th Floor, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica. Classes are also conveniently held in Barneveld and Herkimer.

What happens after I complete my classes?

Once you are done with your formal educational sessions, CNY Diabetes will follow-up with you to see how you are doing with your diabetes management and if you’ve had appropriate weight loss. More frequent follow-up sessions can be arranged if necessary and you may also take advantage of our free continuing education programs and support groups offered throughout the year.

Where is CNY Diabetes located?

Main CNY Diabetes Office - Faxton Campus

4th Floor, 1676 Sunset Avenue
Utica, NY 13502

Adirondack Community Physicians - Mohawk Valley Medical Office

210 East State Street
Herkimer, NY 13350

Adirondack Community Physicians - Barneveld Medical Office

7980 State Route 12
Barneveld, NY 13304

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments at the Faxton, Barneveld or Herkimer locations may be scheduled by calling (315) 624-5620.

Do I need a referral?

A referral from your healthcare provider is required and CNY Diabetes can obtain the referral for you if necessary.

Will my insurance cover the cost?

The program is Medicare-approved, and many other insurances also cover diabetes education. Let us assist you with finding out if your insurance will cover the program and what to do if it does not.

Need additional information?

  • For more information about diabetes education, feel free to contact us by phone at (315) 624-5620 or e-mail at
  • For additional general information about diabetes visit the American Diabetes Association at