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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 & Nutrition Counseling ​at McLaren Thumb Region

Diabetes can affect women, men and children. There are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing diabetes including having a parent or sibling with diabetes, being overweight, being inactive, having a history of gestational diabetes, aging, and being a member of certain ethnic groups, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander. The warning signs are not always obvious and many people with diabetes go undiagnosed. Some of the warning signs of diabetes include:

  • Excessive thirst.
  • Increase in appetite.
  • Frequent urination.

There are ways to manage your diabetes which include diet and activity. Therapy may also include oral medications or insulin along with stress management.  Your family physician can make an accurate diagnosis and help you determine what type of treatment you may need.

McLaren Thumb Region provides classes and tools to aid in the learning and management of the disease.  You must schedule an individual appointment before attending classes.  By attending our diabetes self-management education classes, taught by both a registered nurse (RN) and a registered dietitian (RD), you will:

  • Meet individually with a Registered Dietitian and or Registered Nurse to discuss the diabetes issues specific to you. This includes developing a plan that is customized to your needs.
  • Receive instruction that includes basic understanding of diabetes; how to monitor, managing blood glucose patterns; preventing complications; basic carbohydrate counting, understanding how to balance diet, activity, medications, and stress; managing hypoglycemia; and much more.
  • Receive a meal plan and instruction from a registered dietitian.
  • Receive information on our group classes designed to provide patients and families quality support, knowledge and technical skills needed to successfully self-manage their diabetes and develop a healthy lifestyle.

McLaren Thumb Region's Diabetes Self-Management Program is certified by the Michigan Department of Community Health and recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for quality self-management education.

Services Provided

  • Diabetes Self-Management Training
  • Individual and group setting (Physician order required)
  • A covered benefit of Medicare and/or Medicaid
  • Oral and Injectable Medication Instruction and Education
  • Glucometer training
  • Basic/advanced carbohydrate counting
  • Annual follow-up education and support
  • Customized, on-site school or other group diabetes training sessions
  • Opportunity to receive scholarship funds for services, if qualified

Program Cost

Medicare, Medicaid and many other insurance companies participate.

Scholarship Program

McLaren Thumb Region strives for all patients to have equal access to Diabetes Education. A scholarship fund has been established to assist those who qualify. Certain financial criteria must be met in order to qualify for scholarship coverage. If you meet the criteria, your bill will be covered by our scholarship fund.