Education Classes and Support Groups

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Support groups and classes are led by our Diabetes Education Program staff. The team consists of certified diabetes educator nurses and dietitians. The team has expertise in diabetes devices, with certification in training, prep and self-management for insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGM). Our dietitians hold certificates of training in adult weight management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Our Diabetes Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association, and has been certified by the Michigan Department of Community Health since June 2001. The recognition and certification process is based on National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education, the American Diabetes Association and MDCH requirements.

Diabetes Education Classes at the University of Michigan

The team of educators at the Comprehensive Diabetes Center knows that learning to manage your diabetes can be challenging. Our certified team of diabetes experts wants to empower you to take charge of your diabetes so that you may live a healthy, fulfilling life.

Learn more about the following diabetes education classes: 

Classes cover a number of topics including:

  • meal planning
  • carbohydrate counting
  • monitoring blood sugar
  • exercise
  • medications
  • stress management
  • how to manage sick days

Diabetes Support Groups at the University of Michigan

The U-M Comprehensive Diabetes Center offers several free support groups for adults and seniors living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, facilitated by UMHS Diabetes Education Program staff.

Support groups offered by the U-M Diabetes Education Program:

Related support groups in the University of Michigan community:

Type 1 Class: "Intensive Management"

The Flexible Management Classes (or Intensive Management Classes) are designed for adults with type 1 diabetes. Four evening sessions, two and a half hours long, are held each month. This class is recommended either for adults who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, or for adults who would like to obtain the most current information to help with their diabetes management, as well as for adults who are interested in an insulin pump.

Our goal for this class is to give you tools and suggestions that you will be able to utilize in dealing with your diabetes. The information in this program is tailored to what is important to you. As an attendee, you are encouraged to share your thoughts, concerns and questions with us during the classes.

This class is a prerequisite for those interested in pumps. In the "Intensive Management" class you will learn what insulin pumps are, what is involved in starting a pump, how to manage emergencies and more. After you have completed the class, the diabetes education team will work with you personally to prepare you for an insulin pump. We will coordinate ordering and provide education and follow-up to help you become a successful “pumper”.

Four classes on Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Domino's Farms Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes Clinic.

Type 2 Class: "Living with Diabetes"

The "Living with Diabetes" classes are designed for people with type 2 diabetes. Four sessions, two and a half hours long, are held each month. This class is recommended for people who are newly diagnosed with diabetes and for those who would like the most up-to-date information on diabetes management.

Our goal is to give you tools and suggestions that you will be able to implement in your daily life. The information is tailored to what is important to you, and we encourage you to share your thoughts, concerns and questions with us during classes.

Monday 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or Wednesday 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Domino's Farms Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes Clinic.

Alternating months Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m at Brighton Health Center, Canton Health Center or Chelsea Health Center.

Gestational Diabetes Class

The gestational diabetes class is scheduled through the High-Risk Obstetrics Clinic. It has been designed for pregnant women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. You will learn what gestational diabetes is, how it is diagnosed, and how to treat it with meal planning and glucose monitoring. The purpose of the education is to help keep a mother's blood sugar near the target range to lower the risks to both mom and baby.

To register, call MEND Diabetes Education at (734) 998-2475

Tuesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

NEW Location:
Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes Clinic
Domino's Farms-Lobby C, Suite 1300
4000 Ave Maria Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105


Type 1 Diabetes Adult Support Group

This support group is a chance for adults with type 1 diabetes to:

  • Share experiences
  • Gain support and understanding
  • Improve self-care for diabetes
  • Focus on issues important to the group

Contact (734) 998-2475 or with questions. Please call in advance to confirm attendance.

Facilitated by: Emily Jones, R.D. from Nutrition Services

Third Tuesday of each month 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Endocrinology Clinic Lobby at Domino’s Farms .


Type 2 Diabetes Adult Support Group

You may bring a support person with you to this group. Contact (734) 998-2475 or with questions.

Facilitated by: Mary Lou Gillard, MS, RN, CDE

Second Saturday of each month 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m at the East Ann Arbor Health Center.


Diabetes Adult Support Group for Seniors 60+

The group for seniors offers information and support for people 60 years of age or older who have diabetes. To be added to the mailing list: Call the Geriatrics Clinic Social Work office at (734) 764-2556.

Contact (734) 998-2475 or with questions.

Facilitated by: Kim Sperlbaum, RN, CDE

First Tuesday of each month 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m at the East Ann Arbor Health Center


Amputee Support Group

This is a non-profit Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) member support group. The group's goal is to help amputees, people with limb loss, and their families cope with the initial shock of loss by helping them regain their life through compassion, education, and encouragement. 

Most support meetings have a presentation that lasts about an hour.  After the presentation there is discussion and sharing of information. Light refreshments are served.

For more information and resource links, see the U-M Community Amputee Network

First Tuesday of each month 5:30 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m. at the Orthotics and Prosthetics Center