Diabetes Resources and Support


Diabetes Resources and Support

Education and Classes

Education and information are powerful tools that can help you prevent diabetes or live well with diabetes. Work alongside a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist to develop a care plan that meets your unique needs. 

Diabetes education is not a one-time endeavor but rather an ongoing journey. We are committed to helping you navigate diabetes throughout your life. Plus, most insurances now cover diabetes education at four key times:

  1. At diagnosis
  2. Annually and/or when not meeting treatment targets
  3. When complicated factors develop, and
  4. When transitions in life and care occur. 

Munson Healthcare offers several classes and programs to help you thrive. All Munson Healthcare Diabetes Education programs are accredited by the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists and certified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Scroll down to see the types of classes we offer!

Connect with a Diabetes Care & Education Specialist

Prediabetes Classes

Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. A person with prediabetes is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This class will provide you with the tools to help manage prediabetes and prevent a diabetes diagnosis, with information focusing on nutrition, weight loss, exercise, and medications (if prescribed). 

Type 2 Diabetes Classes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells do not use the insulin you make. People with diabetes and those who support them are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the latest medical therapies and approaches, as well as healthy lifestyle choices.

Type 1 Diabetes Classes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults but can occur at any age. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. If you or a loved one are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and would like to learn more about your diagnosis or the newest treatments and technologies available, make an appointment with your local Munson Healthcare Diabetes Education office. 

Gestational Diabetes Education

Gestational diabetes occurs in women who have never had diabetes but who have high blood sugar (glucose) levels during pregnancy. The purpose of treatment for gestational diabetes is to ensure a healthy mom and baby, and a safe delivery. This can be done through healthy eating, physical activity, and blood glucose testing. Women who experience gestational diabetes are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.

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Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy is an additional two-hour benefit offered to Medicare recipients who have been diagnosed with diabetes or kidney disease and may or may not be attending diabetes education. It includes comprehensive nutritional assessments, development of a nutritional care plan, and monitoring and problem solving during visits. Behavioral and lifestyle changes are discussed to improve long-term eating habits and health. 

What Topics Do Classes Typically Cover?

Typical topics discussed at appointments include:

  • Diabetes and prediabetes: What is it?
  • Nutrition, meal planning, and carbohydrate counting
  • The importance of exercise
  • Glucose monitoring
  • High and low blood sugar
  • Oral and injectable medications for diabetes
  • Preventing long-term complications
  • Coping
  • Lifestyle goal setting and problem solving
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Pregnancy planning and care

Class Registration

A provider referral and advanced registration is required for diabetes classes. Contact your primary care provider for a referral. Don’t have one? Munson’s tool can help find a provider near you. Once you have a referral, a member of our team will call to schedule.

Contact the Diabetes Education office with questions.

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Other Diabetes Wellness Resources

Your insurance carrier may offer diabetes education programming at no cost. Virtual and self-paced options might also be available. Contact your insurance company and ask about programs such as Omada or Livongo.

In addition, community organizations like health departments and MSU Extension offer ongoing in-person and virtual resources. Find one that’s right for you: