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Diabetes

Diabetes Education

Feeling Your Best

You may have been referred to Spectrum Health Diabetes Education Services by your doctor. Or you may have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes and you want to learn more. Ask your doctor about a referral for education. Your health and well-being are in your hands. We want you to not only live with diabetes but to live well. We can help you learn what you need to know to feel your best.

"Patient education is an important first step to managing diabetes life-long. An introductory class, followed up by refresher courses as needed, teaches patients how to control diabetes. Spectrum Health Diabetes Education Services offers classes that are evidence-based, practical and informative, so that a patient can take an active role in self care. An educated patient plays an important role in the overall care management team."
- Kevin J. McCormick, MD

Diabetes can lead to serious health problems. It can do major damage to the heart, eyes, nerve endings, kidneys and feet. Risks for these problems are much lower if blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are well managed. Diabetes Education Services will show you how to lower your risks and stay healthy.

Become an Expert in Your Own Care

No one is more important in managing your diabetes than you. Diabetes Education Services helps you to learn how to manage your health. Our program will help you:

  • Lower your blood sugar and lose weight if needed
  • Fit your favorite foods into a healthier lifestyle
  • Learn easy ways to count your carbohydrates
  • Find classes that fit your schedule

Got Diabetes? Get Educated!

Group classes, one-on-one training sessions and personal visits are available. Classes are offered at several locations. Topics in group and individual classes include:

  • Understanding diabetes or pre-diabetes
  • Blood sugar checks
  • Meal planning, recipes and reading food labels
  • Medications and how to use them
  • Reducing health risks and healthy lifestyle changes

 

What Class Members Say About Learning to Manage Their Diabetes

Read how Greg changed from a reluctant participant to someone who strongly values the benefits of diabetes education.

Other participants have shared these comments:

"Education is powerful! I knew I had to educate myself as my diagnosis came as a total surprise. I feel I am healthier than I have ever been in spite of the fact that I am living with diabetes. I continue to take advantage of the Diabetes Education Services to learn and remain as healthy as I can be."

"I came here at a loss, with no knowledge and a lot of fear. The educators were awesome and very helpful."

"The instructors were great! It was obvious they wanted to help us. The class helped me focus and commit myself to better managing my diet and exercise regimen."

The Power of Eating Right

Medical nutrition therapy appointments with a registered dietitian are available to help you learn about better meal planning. You'll learn tips on how to shop for healthier foods, how to cook to manage blood sugar, how to keep your favorite foods in your diet by making a few changes-even how to enjoy dining at your favorite restaurant.

Our Quality

Spectrum Health Diabetes Education Services is certified by the Michigan Department of Community Health and accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators or the American Diabetes Association.

Referrals and Insurance

A doctor referral is needed to make an appointment. Download a referral form from one of the locations below. Take it to your next doctor visit and ask for a referral. Diabetes self-management training is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurers. Nutrition education may be billed as medical nutrition therapy and is covered by some insurance plans. For those who qualify, we offer financial assistance for diabetes education.

Locations

Spectrum Health Healthier Communities
John Widdicomb Building
665 Seward Avenue NW, Suite 110
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.267.8950 option 3

Spectrum Health Medical Group
4100 Lake Drive, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616.267.8950 option 3

Spectrum Health Medical Group
Integrated Care Campus at East Beltline

2750 East Beltline Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616.267.8950 option 3

Spectrum Health Medical Group
1300 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.267.8950 option 3

Spectrum Health South Pavilion
80 68th Street SE
Cutlerville, MI 49548
616.267.8950 option 3

Spectrum Health West Pavilion
6105 Wilson Avenue SW
Wyoming, MI 49418
616.267.8950 option 3

Spectrum Health Medical Group
588 East Lakewood Boulevard
Holland, MI 49424

Spectrum Health Medical Group
Lowell Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

1150 North Hudson Street
Lowell, MI 49331
616.267.8950 option 3

Spectrum Health Medical Group
Kentwood Family Medicine

4600 Breton Road SE
Suite 102
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
616.267.8950 option 3

Spectrum Health Medical Group
Rockford Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

517 E. Division Street
Rockford, MI 49341
616.267.8950 option 3

Spectrum Health Medical Group
Coopersville Family Medicine

25 Conran Drive, Ste B,
Coopersville, MI 49404
616.267.8950 option 3

Spectrum Health Greenville United Lifestyles
701 S. Greenville West Dr., Ste. 1
Greenville, MI 48838
616.754.6185 or 800.406.4551

Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital
219 E. Church Street
Reed City, MI 49677
231.832.8502

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
1401 W. Main St.
Fremont MI 49412
231.924.1866

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital
8333 Felch Street,
Zeeland, MI 49464
616.772.7509

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