Living with Diabetes

The Diabetes programs within MyMichigan 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?

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.

MyMichigan Program and Services

MyMichigan 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

American Association of Diabetes Educators LogoThe diabetes education programs at MyMichigan Medical Centers in Clare, Gladwin, Midland, and 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 MyMichigan 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 Prevention

More than 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Only about 9 million people know they have prediabetes, a potentially reversible condition. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes may be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating, and increased physical activity. Ashley Shankool R.D., C.D.E., registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at MidMichigan Health discusses modifiable risk factors for diabetes and provides practical tips on how to reduce your overall risk of developing this disease.

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