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800 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601
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Diabetes Self-Management Education

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at St. Mary's of Michigan consists of an individualized assessment with our Registered Nurse and Dietitian, and additional education offered through group classes. Program staff present information which helps you better manage your diabetes, and reduce the risks of complications associated with diabetes.

St. Mary's of Michigan Diabetes Self-Management Program is certified by the Michigan Department of Community Health and recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) for quality self-management education. 

Who Should Attend?
Any person with diabetes is encouraged to attend the program. Family members, caregivers and other support persons will benefit from attending the program at no additional cost.

How to Sign-up
Anyone interested in attending the program should call the Diabetes Office to schedule an assessment prior to the first class. To set up an appointment, please call (989) 907-8400 or (989) 907-8575. 

Program Format
The program format includes a combination of class lecture and interaction through:
  • Sharing ideas
  • Information on reading food labels and how to use this information to eat healthy
  • How to prevent complications
  • Information on why you check your blood sugar
  • Classes are geared for persons of all ages and education backgrounds

Program Cost
Medicare, Medicaid and many other insurance companies participate. Free diabetic assessment and education classes are available to those who qualify through the Diabetic Care Fund administered by St. Mary's of Michigan Foundation. 

Class Sessions
Session 1
What is Diabetes?
  • Treatment options
  • Methods to monitor diabetes
  • Acute complications
  • Medication to lower blood glucose
  • Effects of over-the-counter medications on blood glucose
Session 2
Nutritional Management - Part One
  • Effects of carbohydrates, protein and fat on blood sugar
  • Nutritional guidelines
  • Meal planning and carbohydrate counting
Session 3
Nutritional Management - Part Two
  • Alcohol and its effect on blood glucose
  • Tips for traveling and dining out
  • Guidelines for dietetic food and sweeteners
  • Planning your exercise program
Session 4
Diabetes Management
  • Long term complications
  • Reduction of risk factors
  • Stress and its effect on diabetes management
  • Managing diabetes during illness
  • Community and medical resources
  • Goal setting to promote health

Class Schedule
  • Group classes are offered monthly on Tuesday & Thursdays
  • Class format is a two-week series of four classes
  • Class times rotate each month among morning, afternoon and evening classes
  • Morning session: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Afternoon session: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Evening session: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • All classes are held in the St. Mary's of Michigan Health Education Center Room 2 located at the medical center main campus

For More Information
Questions regarding the program, or continuing education, please call (989) 907-8400 or (989) 907-8575.

Pre-Diabetes Education

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and 79 million people are considered pre-diabetic - more than triple the number of diabetics.   

People with pre-diabetes have a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes; and are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease or stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve health, 15% to 30% of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.  

The good news is, type 2 diabetes can be delayed and even prevented with healthier habits during the pre-diabetes stage.  

Free Pre-Diabetes Class

Free pre-diabetes educational classes will be offered periodically by a nurse and dietitian.  During these sessions, participants will identify their risk factors and learn how to make positive lifestyle changes to delay or prevent developing diabetes.  

For more information or to register, call (989) 907-8575. Registration is required and limited to 30 participants per session.

Classes are not intended for individuals already diagnosed with diabetes.

Be sure to visit our calendar of events to find out when these free classes will be held!

Individual Counseling

Individual needs are addressed in private instruction sessions. Assistance with special problems, preparing and giving insulin, home monitoring of blood sugar as well as dietary counselling are tailored to your individual needs.

Spanish Language Materials

Written and video materials on managing diabetes are available in Spanish through St. Mary's of Michigan. for more information, please call the Educational Resources Department at 989-907-8400 or 989-907-8575.

800 South Washington Avenue | Saginaw, MI 48601 |
(989) 907-8000 | 1-844-907-8000
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