Diabetes Center

Lake Huron Medical Center Diabetes Center | 810-216-1840

Diabetes is a condition that affects many in the Blue Water Region - and at Lake Huron Medical Center, we want to provide the high quality, compassionate care that you have come to expect from us. Our Diabetes Center and our Certified Diabetes Educators have been recognized by the Joint Commission for our Inpatient Diabetes Program and are available to assist those living with diabetes. We teach state of the art skills and offer current diabetes management training and support. We are here to help you with pre-diabetes, type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes.

The Diabetes Center is located in the Lake Huron Medical Center and can be accessed by utilizing the hospital's East Entrance (also known as the Women's Health Center).

Control Your Diabetes and Get Back to Life!

According to the American Diabetes Association, 11 percent of Americans have diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputations. By 2020, 15 percent of Americans are expected to have the disease.

In addition, an estimated 41 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a term describing a condition for those who have blood glucose levels higher than they should be, but are not yet high enough to be classified as diabetes. The higher levels put these individuals at greater risk of developing not only diabetes, but also heart disease and stroke.

These health risks can be prevented or delayed through successful management of pre-diabetes and diabetes. Diabetes management starts with education.

Self-Management Training Program

The Self-Management Training Program at Lake Huron Medical Center is certified by the Michigan Department of Community Health, and has been awarded recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). It is designed to meet your individual needs, whether you are newly diagnosed or would like to update your self-care education program and skills.

Our program utilizes the Dexcom Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor to help you and your physician learn more about your blood sugar levels and your diabetes therapy.

  • Program Topics Include:
    • Diabetes Overview
    • Nutrition Management
    • Medications
    • Blood Glucose Monitoring & Use of Results
    • Complications and Risk Factors
    • Lifestyle Changes
    • Exercise & Activity
    • Stress
    • Family Involvement & Social Support
    • Preconception & Pregnancy Diabetes Management
    • Gestational Diabetes

The goal of this program is to educate and train you (and your family) in the self-management skills of diabetes. To help you achieve that goal, a support person (a family member or friend) is encouraged to attend.

  • How to register
    • Please call the Lake Huron Medical Center Diabetes Center for specific class dates or individual appointment times. Our number is at 810-216-1840.
    • Pre-registration is required, and you must have your physician’s approval to participate in the program.
  • Cost and fees
    • There is a fee for the Diabetes Self-Management Training Program. Medicaid, Medicare and many commercial and private insurance carriers reimburse program costs for ADA-recognized programs. Guidelines for reimbursement require a physician order. Please check your particular plan to see if you are covered for this service.
    • Educational scholarships are available for patients with insurance carriers that do not cover the cost of diabetes education.

Diabetes Education & Support Group

In addition to the Diabetes Self-Management Training Program, Lake Huron Medical Center sponsors a Diabetes Support Group designed for people with diabetes and their families.

The group meets at 1 p.m., the fourth Thursday of each month, at Lake Huron Medical Center. A variety of guest speakers joins this self-directed group to provide additional educational information and support. The Diabetes Support Group is offered free of charge.

For additional information, please call the LHMC Diabetes Center at 810-216-1840.