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 Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists 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, as well as group classes, which are currently held virtually in light of COVID19. We normally offer weekly Diabetes Support Groups and monthly Cooking Classes, however these programs are on hold for now until it is safe to gather in groups once again.
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 regularly scheduled telehealth-based group classes in both English and Spanish. Patients can also be referred to the endocrinologist for diabetes management. Foot and eye specialists provide regular examinations. We now have a retinal screening room designated in the Adult Primary Care practice specifically for our Diabetic patients.
Our weekly diabetes drop-in support group is currently on hold due to COVID. We look forward to resuming the group once drop-in group once COVID restrictions allow.
To meet with our certified diabetes educator and participate in virtual group classes, please ask your doctor for a referral to Diabetes Education.
Our group class topics include:
- Introduction to Diabetes
- Healthy Eating
- Being Active
- Monitoring Blood Sugars
- Taking Medications
- Problem Solving for Diabetes
- Reducing Risks of Diabetes
- Healthy Coping
We also offer Prevent T2, a lifestyle change program that is open to patients, staff, and community members alike who have been diagnosed with Prediabetes. 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.
Healthy Eating Tips
March is National Nutrition Month. Every week, Metropolitan’s dietitians will provide tips for healthy eating. Check every week for new tips. To make an appointment, call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692).