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What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that causes you to have too much sugar in your blood. High blood sugar problems start when your body can no longer make enough insulin or your body does not use the insulin you make properly. Insulin is a hormone made by your body that helps move sugar from your blood into your cells for energy. It keeps you blood sugar level normal; not too high or low. When you do not have enough insulin to lower high blood sugar levels, you have diabetes.

Diabetes must be treated because high blood sugar levels can cause serious health problems such as blindness, kidney disease and heart disease.

Diabetes Educational Programs
Education is an important step in controlling your diabetes. Your doctor, diabetes educator and other team members will teach you to successfully control your diabetes.

Certified Diabetes Educators offer diabetes education for adults 18 years of age and older. Programs include:

  • Diabetes self-management education
  • Your game plan to prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Diabetes support group
  • Gestational diabetes

St. Mary Mercy Livonia's outpatient diabetes program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and the Michigan Department of Community Health.