Diabetes Education

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

Diabetes Education Program

Our Diabetes Education is provided by Registered Dietitians (RDs), who meet individually with each patient to personalize their diabetic education and needs.

Following an individualized session with one of our RDs, patients attend a group class. The following topics are addressed in class:
  • Introduction and Basic Facts about Diabetes
  • Meal Planning/Carbohydrate Counting
  • Exercise
  • General Overview of Diabetic Medications
  • Handling High and Low Blood Sugars
  • Long-Term Complications
  • Goal Setting for Successful Management of Diabetes
Our class is designed to be interactive and questions are encouraged. We also recommend that you bring a support person to the class with you, whether a family member or a friend. The class meets on a regular basis and is typically 2 hours in length.  

Your doctor can make a referral for you to attend Diabetes Education to get you started in the right direction for diabetes care. 

Diabetes Refresher Class

For patients who have had Diabetes for a while and are struggling with managing their blood sugars or who may need a review session, we offer a Diabetes Refresher Class. This refresher class provides an in-depth review of meal planning and carbohydrate counting, exercise, high and low blood sugars, long-term complications, new or updated goal setting, and staying motivated. This refresher class meets on a regular basis and is typically 2 hours in length.

Your doctor can make a referral for you to attend a Diabetes Refresher Class to get you back on track and get updated on the latest information about diabetes care.

Pre-Diabetes Education 

We also offer a Pre-Diabetes class. This class, also taught by one of our RDs, will provide you with the tools/information you need to help manage Pre-Diabetes. The following topics are addressed in class:
  • 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
This class meets on a regular basis and is typically 2 hours in length.

Your doctor can make a referral for you to attend a Pre-Diabetes class. A select number of insurances will cover the cost of attendance. A nominal fee of $40.00 is charged and payable at time of registration for patients who wish to attend this class but do not have coverage with their insurance.

Contact Information:

For more information about our Diabetes Education Program and services contact:

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