Diabetes Services

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Beaumont Health offers a variety of resources for patients and community looking to manage and prevent diabetes. Beaumont has three outpatient diabetes self-management education and support centers that are certified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and recognized by the American Diabetes Association for quality self-management education. The nurse educators and dietitians at the outpatient diabetes centers are certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES) who work with you and your provider in developing an education plan to meet your needs.

In addition to the myriad of services that the outpatient diabetes centers provide, Beaumont offers community based programs to help support diabetes management and prevention. Below is a breakdown of various types of diabetes prevention and management services offered, as well as, resources and tools to help you manage your health and future well-being.


DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM

Prediabetes is a health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal. These levels are not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 84 million American adults currently have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, 9 out of 10 people don’t know they have it. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as, heart disease and stroke. It’s important to talk to your provider about getting your blood sugar tested if you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes, which include:

  • being overweight
  • being 45 years or older
  • having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
  • being physically active less than 3 times a week
  • having hypertension or high blood pressure
  • having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or a 9 pound (or more) baby

A year long lifestyle change program nationally recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the Diabetes Prevention Program, can help you prevent diabetes by making changes over time. Through the program, you can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% (71% if you are over age 40). To register for a workshop near you, call 800-633-7377 or register online.


TYPE 1 DIABETES

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which means the beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. The beta cells produce insulin, so without these cells a person’s blood glucose (sugar) is too high.

Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes can include: increased thirst, frequent urination, feeling hungry even though you are eating, extreme fatigue, unexplained weight loss, dry mouth, itchy or dry skin.

All people with Type 1 diabetes require insulin, but a healthy lifestyle is also important and that is where Beaumont can help. Whether you are an adult or child with Type 1 diabetes, Beaumont has resources for you.

Type 1 resources for adults

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) includes 10 hours of education in individual and group settings. The program is taught by certified diabetes care and education specialists and is certified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Contact us at 800-328-8542 to schedule your visit.


TYPE 2

If you have Type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. The pancreas initially makes extra insulin to make up for it. However, over time the pancreas is unable to keep your blood sugar in a normal range. In many cases, you can control diabetes through nutrition, a healthy weight, physical activity and medication. Education is an important tool in the day to day management of Type 2 diabetes.

Beaumont offers:

  • Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) includes 10 hours of education in individual and group settings. The program is taught by certified diabetes care and education specialists and is certified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Contact us at 800-328-8542 to schedule your visit.
  • DPATH (Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health) is a 6-week workshop for adults with Type 2 diabetes, their families, friends and caregivers. The workshop is led by two trained leaders and is focused on techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance, healthy eating, working with health care providers, problem solving and building an action plan. To register for a workshop near you, call 800-633-7377 or register online.

GESTATIONAL

Gestational diabetes (GDM) is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy where a woman experiences an intolerance to carbohydrates. All pregnant women should be screened for GDM with a laboratory-based test. Education for GDM consists of either a single group class or individual education, depending on the needs of the patient. In the program, you’ll learn about managing gestational diabetes including nutrition, physical activity, glucose monitoring, and medications. The program is taught by certified diabetes care and education specialists and is certified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

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MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is a visit with a registered dietitian who will work with you to treat and prevent disease through an individualized nutrition plan. Our dietitians work with people who have diabetes and pre-diabetes as well as other health conditions. Contact us at 800-328-8542 to schedule a visit.


DIABETES AND PREDIABETES RESOURCES

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP

This group provides both education and emotional support for people who have diabetes.

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DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM

This yearlong program is led by trained lifestyle coaches who will give you skills you need to make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes.

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DIABETES PATH

Diabetes PATH is a fun, six-week interactive workshop led by certified leaders with personal experience to help all adults living with Type 2 diabetes live a healthier life.

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RENEW WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

A medically supervised weight loss program focused on long term strategies. Our comprehensive, proven approach features meal replacements with fruits and vegetables.

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