Diabetes Education

Diabetes education is provided at Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital to help patients and families learn how to successfully manage and live with diabetes.

Our Registered Dietitian is available to provide you with the one-on-one attention you deserve. Working by your side, our goal is to help you, as well as your loved ones, gain the knowledge and skills necessary to take better charge of your health.

Our Diabetes Education includes special classes that teach you how to successfully manage and live with your diabetes. For added support and motivation, we encourage you to bring a spouse, close friend, or family member with you to class.

Diabetes Class

This interactive class is designed for those recently diagnosed with diabetes or those needing a refresher course on how best to manage their diabetes. Topics discussed include:

  • Introduction and basic facts about diabetes
  • Meal planning/carbohydrate counting
  • Exercise
  • General overview of diabetic medications
  • High and low blood sugars
  • Long-term complications
  • Goal setting for successful management of diabetes
The class meets on a regular basis and is typically two hours in length. Your doctor can make a referral for you to attend Diabetes Education to get you started in the right direction.  

Prediabetes Class 

One in three adults in the United States have prediabetes; most don’t even know it. Individuals with prediabetes have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Consider attending our prediabetes class to learn how to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. You will learn:
  • Introduction and basic facts about prediabetes
  • Meal planning/carbohydrate counting
  • Exercise
  • Optimal blood sugar ranges
  • General overview of oral diabetic medications
  • Long-term complications of diabetes
  • Goal setting for successful management of prediabetes
Self-referrals are accepted for this class. However, some insurance carriers may require a physician’s referral in order to cover the cost of attendance.  The cost for our prediabetes class is $40.00 and is collected at the time of service.

Gestational Diabetes Education

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes woman can develop during pregnancy. This session is for pregnant women who have been diagnosed. The goal is to keep the blood sugar in target range and decrease the risk for both the baby and the mother. You will learn:
  • What is gestational diabetes and how it is diagnosed
  • Risks for mother and baby
  • Meal planning/carbohydrate counting
  • How to decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future
Your physician can make a referral for an appointment for individualized instruction.

Contact Information:

For more information about our Diabetes Education and services contact:

Diabetes Education
(269) 686-4253