Managing Diabetes with Exceptional Care
Diabetes is a growing epidemic in our community. Approximately 20 percent of adults in East Harlem have type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.
There are two main types of diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes do not make enough of the hormone insulin, while those with type 2 diabetes become resistant to insulin. Diabetes can cause serious complications including blindness, kidney failure, and amputations. People with diabetes also have an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. In East Harlem, mortality and hospitalization rates from diabetes are nearly twice those in other New York City neighborhoods.
The Mount Sinai Diabetes Center, which is recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Diabetes Association, can help patients manage and control their disease. A team of specialized physicians, registered dieticians, nurse practitioners, and certified diabetes educators work together to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Mount Sinai is also one of only a few institutions that offers diabetes self-management classes for free.
Obesity is the biggest risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Dieticians are available to provide nutritional advice for patients that is tailored to their medical condition, cultural food preferences, and income level.
New technologies available at the Diabetes Center can offer useful information about how medication, food, and exercise affect blood sugar levels. Mount Sinai administers the A1c blood test, which can estimate a patient’s average blood sugar level over the last three months within six minutes, and continuous glucose monitoring uses under-the-skin sensors to measure blood sugar levels 24 hours a day.
To learn more about the latest tools for managing diabetes or to make an appointment, call 212-241-3422.
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