Diabetes is a serious health threat which is rapidly approaching epidemic proportions, particularly in our community. We aim to form a partnership with our patients to bring their potentially debilitating disease under control. Our goal is to improve patient outcomes by providing one-stop care through a focused diabetes session in primary care medicine, as well as in our endocrinology specialty service.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan is accredited as a Diabetes Center of Excellence for providing high-quality, evidence-based education to patients with diabetes. The prestigious four-year accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators verifies that the hospital’s program meets national standards for diabetes self-management education, which have been shown to be cost-effective and improve clinical outcomes and patients’ quality of life. The standards highlight the significance of ongoing support for people with diabetes, particularly to encourage behavior change and to address psychosocial concerns. We provide individual counseling, group classes, and a weekly diabetes support group.
Individual patient progress is tracked over time, with specific focus on indicators such as blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and body mass index, and depression screening. Our team of diabetes specialists pay particular attention to some of the most debilitating side effects of uncontrolled diabetes, including loss of sight, lower extremity amputations, and cardiovascular damage.
Patients are part of a comprehensive care team that includes physicians, certified diabetes educators and dietitians, nurses, a social worker, and a patient care associate. Our certified diabetes educator facilitates a weekly diabetes support group, as well as regularly scheduled group classes. Patients can be referred to the endocrinologist for diabetes management. Foot and eye specialists provide regular examinations.
Our weekly diabetes support group meets on Wednesdays at 1pm in room 355N on the 3rd Floor of the OPD Building. It is open to all and there is no registration required. The weekly support group includes topics such as healthy eating & trips to the farmers market, exercise, stress reduction, and reducing risks of diabetes.
To meet with our certified diabetes educator and participate in group classes, please ask your doctor for a referral.
Our group class topics include:
Introduction to Diabetes
Monitoring Blood Sugars
Problem Solving for Diabetes
Reducing Risks of Diabetes
We also offer Prevent T2, a lifestyle change program that is open to patients, staff, and community members alike. Prevent T2 can help you lose weight, be more active, and prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes. Click here for more information.
Questions? Call the Diabetes Education Program at 212-423-6214.