Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease. People with diabetes must learn self-management skills and make lifestyle changes to effectively manage their disease and avoid or delay the complications associated with it. With this in mind, the experienced diabetes education team at Metro Health is committed to helping patients achieve the best quality of life possible through our focus on self-management.
We also offer several great programs to help those at risk prevent diabetes. Click here for details.
Our comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Training class is taught by a registered dietitian and a registered nurse who are both certified diabetes educators. The program focuses on factors that influence blood sugar levels, meal planning, management techniques, medications, preventing additional health complications, exercise, dietary guidelines and more. Personalized instruction is also available for individuals with diabetes during pregnancy, language barriers or other specific needs. Registration is required, and you must have a doctor’s order to take part in the program. There is a fee, but many insurance companies will cover the cost.
The program is taught in a series of five classes for a total of five hours of instruction. It is offered during day and evening hours at various locations throughout West Michigan. Class dates are subject to change and a minimum of six participants is needed to hold a class. For schedules and to register for a class, call (616) 252-8339.
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