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Diabetes Education

McLaren’s Diabetes education program can help you successfully manage Diabetes by learning to control blood sugar through proper nutrition and exercise. Nutritional Counseling, also known as Medical Nutrition Therapy, plays a role in preventing and/or treating many health conditions (including Diabetes) and is provided by select registered dietitians on staff (RD). We also offer support group sessions and special events throughout the year to help ensure your diabetes management success.

Diabetes Education at McLaren Macomb

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at McLaren Macomb Diabetes Counseling Center helps adults with diabetes take steps that will make them feel better and stay healthier. This program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the National Quality Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education, and is certified by the State of Michigan Department of Community Health.

Physician Prescription and Insurance 

If you have diabetes, ask your doctor if a diabetes self-management program is right for you. Medicare and other medical insurance providers require a prescription from your physician.  Be sure to check with your insurance provider to verify your plan's coverage for a diabetes management program, education, or nutrition therapy. We are a participating provider with most  insurance plans

For Nutritional Counseling please call (586) 493-8500.

Program Core Education Focus

Through group and individual education sessions, patients, families and caregivers can gain the knowledge, support and technical skills they need to successfully manage their diabetes. They also learn to develop a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition, medication, exercise and home blood sugar tests.

The education program helps adults with Type I, Type 2 or gestational diabetes who are seeking to improve the management of their diabetes, whether they are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for a long time.

The Diabetes Self Management Program is a core part of diabetes treatment. Class sessions include an initial patient assessment, plus diabetes education and training.  Instructors include registered dietitians and registered nurses who are certified by the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators.

Class topics cover the most current information available to help patients learn how to control their blood glucose levels. Topics include: 

  • Understanding diabetes -- Yes, you can live well with diabetes
  • Nutrition  and effective meal planning
  • Monitoring and managing your blood glucose/ medication management
  • Making healthy choices - Getting and staying active and safe
  • Reducing  your risk of damage to your heart, kidney, eyes and other organs
  • Sick Day management

Other Patient-Centered Education:

  • Pre-diabetes Class
  • Support Group 
  • Diabetes Risk Test 
  • Gestational Diabetes ManagementThis individual session is designed for women who developed diabetes during pregnancy or who have type I or type II diabetes, and are pregnant. During a scheduled appointment patients receive instruction on blood glucose monitoring, healthy meal planning, and   recommendations for lifestyle changes that promote the health of both mother and baby during pregnancy.
  • Medical  Nutrition TherapyA Registered Dietician - is available by appointment  to provide  expert nutrition counseling for a managing  a variety of conditions     including  diabetes, obesity, celiac disease, heart disease, kidney disease, and food allergies.
  • Continuous Glucose MonitoringA continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) is an FDA-approved device which uses an under the skin sensor that records blood sugar levels in tissue fluid throughout the day and night. A transmitter sends information about the user's glucose level via a wireless receiver in the user's insulin pump, which can then be downloaded on a personal computer or at the physician's office, where together the patient and doctor can make informed decisions about diabetic care and treatment.
  • Insulin AdministrationAn insulin regimen is frequently required in the treatment of diabetes. Individual training is provided which cover insulin types, as well as insulin  preparation and injection n be downloaded on a personal computer or at the physician's office, where together the patient and doctor can make informed decisions about diabetic care and treatment.