The St. Joseph Mercy Center for Diabetes offers in-depth diabetes education. We help people with diabetes learn how to take care of themselves and reduce their risk of developing complications. We are approved by the American Diabetes Association and the Michigan Department of Community Health. These organizations make sure that our program meets the highest standards.
Our Registered Dietitians and Registered Nurses are Certified Diabetes Educators who specialize in diabetes education. We provide group and one-on-one instruction. Our staff works with each individual and their physician to develop a self-care plan that meets their needs.
Taking care of yourself is an important part of staying healthy when you have diabetes. We can help you understand diabetes and how it affects your body. Diet, exercise and medication all impact your blood sugar. Learning more about a healthy diet, exercise and your medication can help you to control blood sugar.
We offer education on the following topics:
- How diet, exercise and medication affect your blood sugar
- Healthy eating guidelines for people with diabetes
- How to take your medication for best results
- How to check your blood sugar
- What diabetes is and how it affects your body
- How to prevent diabetic complications
- How to take care of yourself when you are sick
- The causes of high blood sugar and how to take care of it
- The causes of low blood sugar and how to take care of it
- Care of your feet
- The effect of stress on your blood sugar
- Available community resources
- How to use insulin
- Planning for a pregnancy and having a healthy pregnancy
- Insulin pump therapy
If you would like to learn more about living with diabetes, please discuss your interest with your physician, and ask them to complete the Physician Referral Form.
Here are some tips for healthy eating for people with diabetes:
- Try to eat regular, balanced meals every four to five hours. Smaller amounts eaten more often are better for blood sugar.
- Eat carbohydrates in moderation. Carbohydrates raise blood sugar more than foods with protein or fat. Carbohydrates include milk, fruit, bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn and peas.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Eat more fiber from whole grains and dried beans.
- Eat less fat and less saturated fat. Choose lean meats, low-fat dairy products and low-fat snack foods.
- Use drinks that do not raise blood sugar such as water, diet pop, coffee and tea.
- Choose dessert foods occasionally. Look for dessert foods that are lower in carbohydrates and fat.
For more information please call the St. Joseph Mercy Center for Diabetes at one of our locations:
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor
Located in The Washtenaw Medical Arts Building on 3075 Clark Rd. Suite 100.
St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, Howell
Located in Suite 1100, the Time Share Suite, enter from the parking lot in the back of the hospital
Chelsea Community Hospital
Located in the White Oak Inn on Chelsea Community Hospital Campus
Additional information on diabetes can be found on the following Web sites:
American Diabetes Association
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (provides educational materials about diabetes free of charge)
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International