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Diabetes Education Program

The vision of our Diabetes Education Program is to offer accessible diabetes education services that enable patients with diabetes and their families to develop self-management skills that lead to an improved quality of life. 

Visiting the Diabetes Education Program (DEP)


  • New patients are accepted by referral from their family doctor or another health care professional
  • Self-referrals are also accepted
  • All patients must have a booked appointment
  • If you have questions our telephone number is 613-354-3301, extension 285 
  • Referrals can be faxed to 613-354-6024

What to bring with you:

  • Your Ontario Health Card
  • Your log book and glucose meter
  • A list of your current medications and insulin
  • Any question that you have

We encourage you to bring your family member or support person with you to the appointment.

Hours of operation

  • Monday – Friday:  8:00AM to 11:30AM / 12:30PM to 4:00PM
  • 1 evening clinic per month
  • 1 Satellite clinic in Northbrook per month
  • Alternative hours available upon request


The Diabetes Education Program is an out-patient clinic located in the Lenadco Complex at 310 Bridge Street West, Napanee. You may enter through the Main entrance or the Physician Office’s Entrance. Follow the signs posted on the walls to lead you to the clinic.

Services offered

  • Individual Diabetes and Nutrition Counselling
  • Group Programs
  • Insulin Starts
  • Insulin Adjustment Clinic
  • Satellite Clinic in Northbrook
  • Inpatient Services
  • Consult Request via Emergency Room Kiosk Registration 

Why would I self-refer?


is diagnosed when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.  Research has shown that some long-term complications related to diabetes (heart disease and nerve damage) can begin during pre-diabetes.

Test 1: Fasting Blood Glucose

  • Result confirming pre-diabetes: 6.1 to 6.9
  • Normal: 3.5 to 6

Test 2: Random Glucose 2 hours after eating

  • Result confirming pre-diabetes: 7.8 to 11.0
  • Normal: less than 7.8

Test 3: A1C

(blood test to check average blood sugar over past 3 months)

  • Result confirming pre-diabetes: 6.0 to 6.4%
  • Normal: 4 to 6%


is a serious condition and is increasing world-wide.  In Canada, the prevalence is estimated to be 6.8% of the population. There are some people that are at higher risk of developing diabetes due to their family history and their ethnic background. Others are at higher risk because of their lifestyle choices.

The good news is we now have research that shows us that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed if you find out early, and make some lifestyle changes.

Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes:

  • Over the age of 40
  • First degree relative with type 2 diabetes (i.e. mother, father, brother, sister etc.)
  • Member of a high-risk population (i.e. Aboriginal, African, Asian, Hispanic or South Asian descent)
  • History of gestational diabetes or have delivered a large baby (i.e. over 9 lbs)
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Complications associated with diabetes (i.e. eye, kidney or nerve damage)
  • Cardiovascular complications (i.e. heart attack, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease)
  • High cholesterol or high triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight, especially around your waste
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Steroid medications for other diseases


Want more information before coming to see us?  Check out these great resources:

This site has general information about diabetes and how to manage your diabetes.

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This site has general information about diabetes and how to manage your diabetes.

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This site has recipes, tips and advice on healthy eating and meal planning.

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This site has recipes, tips and advice on healthy eating and meal planning. It also has a 7-day meal plan.

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