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Care Plan for Diabetes

Our board-certified physicians and comprehensive programs help patients better manage their blood sugar.


To promote quality education for people with diabetes, we provide Diabetic Education Group Classes

These classes are designed for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or people who have been living with the disease but need to gain better control of their blood glucose.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, is a group of metabolic disorders that affect the way the body metabolizes, or uses, digested food to make glucose, the main source of fuel for the body. This can be as a result of the pancreas not producing enough insulin or, in some cases, the failure of the body’s cells to respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced. 

Because insulin is needed by the body to convert glucose into energy, these failures result in abnormally high levels of glucose accumulating in the blood causing what doctors reference as "high blood sugar".

In some cases, diabetes may be a result of other conditions, such as genetic syndromes, chemicals, drugs, malnutrition, infections, viruses, or other illnesses.

Types of Diabetes

There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and gestational (during pregnancy only). 

Diabetes is a serious disease, which can become life-threatening if not controlled. It can lead to severe, long-term complications that can affect every system and part of the body, including:

Find an Endocrinologist: 

Meet our team of endocrinologists available at a number of convenient locations. To learn more about the Summa Health Outpatient Diabetes Services, call 234.312.6420.

Meet the Team

Summa Health has a team approach to meeting the needs of our patients with diabetes.

Educational Classes

Located at multiple locations throughout the Summa Health network, the program’s primary goal is to help people learn to live with diabetes through education. 

Find a Location

Find care close to home. Explore our diabetes locations.


Options to Request an Appointment

If your situation is an emergency, call 911.