Diabetes Education

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

Our Registered Dietitians are 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 Program 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 Education Program

This interactive class is designed for those recently diagnosed with 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.  

Diabetes Refresher Class

For patients who have had diabetes and are struggling with managing their blood sugars, we offer a Diabetes Refresher Class. Topics discussed in this refresher class include:
• An in-depth review of meal planning and carbohydrate counting
• Exercise
• High and low blood sugars
• Long-term complications
• Creating or updating goals
• Ways to stay motivated

This refresher class meets on a regular basis and is typically two hours in length. Your doctor can make a referral for you to attend a Diabetes Refresher Class to get you back on track.

Pre-Diabetes Class 

One in three adults in the United States has pre-diabetes; most don’t even know it. Individuals with pre-diabetes have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Consider attending our Pre-diabetes class to learn how to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. You will learn:
  • Introduction and basic facts about pre-diabetes
  • 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 pre-diabetes
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 Pre-Diabetes 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 Program and services contact:

Diabetes Education
(269) 686-4088
diabeteseducation@aghosp.com