Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that elevates the blood sugar and can lead to serious problems and even death if left untreated. We want to partner with you to help you manage your diabetes. There are things you can do to take charge of your health and reduce risks from your diabetes. Monitoring your blood sugar, taking your medications as directed, healthy diet, exercise, quit smoking and follow-up with your doctors will reduce your risks of complication from diabetes.

Elevated blood sugar over time can cause serious health problems by damaging small blood vessels in your eyes, heart, kidneys and feet.

Diabetes Facts:

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness in the US.
  • Diabetes is the leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause for kidney failure and dialysis in the US.
  • Diabetes can lead to loss of a toe or foot from damaged blood vessels.

Prevention of complications should include follow up care and lab tests:

  • Get your HGBA1C checked every 3-6 months.
  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure.
  • Check your cholesterol level and kidney function every year.
  • Stay up to date with vaccinations; flu vaccine yearly, pneumonia vaccine once before age 65 and once after age 65, tetanus vaccine every 10 years, and hepatitis B and shingles as recommended.
  • Yearly diabetic foot exam (check your feet daily for any redness, numbness, tingling or opened areas).
  • Yearly dilated eye exam.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year.

Endocrinology

Northeast Medical Group’s endocrinologists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions of the endocrine system and its secretions called hormones. The endocrine system is made up of glands which include the thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, pancreas, ovaries and testes. These glands secrete hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA, insulin, growth hormone and others.

When the endocrine system is out of balance, either deficient or in excess, conditions may develop which our endocrinologists have the expertise to diagnose and treat. Some conditions of the endocrine system include thyroid disease, diabetes, metabolic disorders, osteoporosis, menopause and cancers of the endocrine glands.

Our patients with diabetes, a condition that develops when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, receive care that addresses their long-term needs. We continue to advance our understanding and prevention of this condition through groundbreaking research and comprehensive education to help our patients live healthy, long lives.

The providers at Northeast Medical Group have developed integrated efforts with Yale New Haven Health - including Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Westerly Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital - to help prevent diabetes as well as reduce progression of diabetes through:

  • Implementation of a diabetes registry, allowing Northeast Medical Group providers to identify patients with diabetes and reach out to them to help them manage their diabetes when we see that they have gaps in care
  • Care coordinators working with Northeast Medical Group primary care practices to provide additional education and support for patients with diabetes, ensuring they come to visits prepared and with up to date lab work, that they understand their medications, that they have access to the best information about diet and exercise to support improving their diabetes care
  • Close collaboration with Yale New Haven Health Certified Diabetes Educators, including a smooth, online referral process for those patients who wish to meet 1:1 with a diabetes educator
  • Partnerships and a common electronic medical record between primary care and endocrinology practitioners within Yale New Haven Health to be sure that all providers caring for our patients with diabetes have consistent and common information to have a consistent, common care plan and reduce the risk of unnecessary or redundant testing or intervention
  • Implementation of a “diabetes passport” – an individualized care plan with information for patients with diabetes to help them manage their own diabetes more successfully
  • Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT)  and Medical Nutritional Therapy (MNT) referrals

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