Diabetes


Control Your Diabetes before it Controls You

Diabetes is widely recognized as one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. Diabetes is a condition affecting the way a person's body produces glucose (the main source of fuel for the body) and insulin(a hormone used to help cells absorb the glucose).

People with diabetes either produce little or no insulin, or the body cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. As a result, glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine, and passes out of the body. The body loses its main source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts of glucose.



Support Group

The Diabetes Support Group meets quarterly, and covers topics pertinent to the care of people who have diabetes. This is a free program, open to the public. The program offers 30-40 minutes of education, followed by questions and answers. Please call 517-279-5346 for more information.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical nutrition therapy for education on new therapeutic diets is provided with a physicians's referral. A referral form can be obtained by calling Preregistration 279-5408. A completed form may be faxed to 279-5206.