Living with Diabetes
The Diabetes programs within MidMichigan Health help people with diabetes take control of their illness so they can live full and active lives here in the middle of Michigan.
Types of Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from correctly utilizing glucose – the fuel that is made from the carbohydrates we eat. There are several types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes - In Type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This type of diabetes was previously known as juvenile onset diabetes.
- Type 2 diabetes - In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body cannot use the insulin properly. This is the most common type of diabetes.
- Gestational diabetes - This type of diabetes effects pregnant women who have never had diabetes before, but who have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. It is a temporary condition that affects one in 20 pregnant women.
- Prediabetes - This condition occurs in people that have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, although not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetic.
Wondering If You Might Have Diabetes?
Learn more about risk factors, symptoms and free screenings throughout the middle of Michigan
Take Control of Your Diabetes
If you have diabetes, working with a team, including your physician, a diabetes nurse and a diabetes dietitian, will help you establish a plan for treatment. Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.
Diabetes is a risk factor for many other conditions and complications, including heart disease, eye problems, kidney disease, foot problems and depression. But there are many things you can do to manage your disease and prevent complications:
- Choose a healthy lifestyle, including a well-balanced diet and exercise.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Have your feet, kidney function and eyes checked regularly.
- Take any medications prescribed by your physician.
- Work to maintain a normal glucose level.
MidMichigan Programs and Services
MidMichigan is committed to providing self-management tools to help you stay in control of your diabetes, including:
You may want to check with your insurance plan to see which programs and services are covered.
Our Diabetes Program Accreditations
The diabetes education programs at MidMichigan Medical Centers in Clare, Gladwin, Midland, and MidMichigan Health Park–Mt. Pleasant have been recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators for meeting national quality standards. These programs have also earned state certification by the Michigan Department of Community Health.
The diabetes instructors at the Diabetes Center of MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland are certified diabetes educators (CDEs), which assures that they have met specific requirements of the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators.
Diabetes services and programs are available in several locations in central Michigan: