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When you have diabetes, life can be difficult. When patients are faced with diabetes, managing medications, blood glucose testing, and maintaining a good diet can be a formidable challenge without the proper support. The Diabetes Self Management Education and Support program at Massachusetts General Hospital can provide a framework for patients and their families to learn to live well with diabetes.
We offer an education and support program designed for adults who want to learn more about managing their diabetes.
Referrals are necessary to enroll in a program and must be conducted by your primary care physician.
Once the referral form is signed, you can mail/fax or give it to the diabetes educator who will be working with you on diabetes education.
Programs are covered by most insurance groups including Medicare. Please confirm with your insurance provider to verify your benefits before scheduling an appointment.
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DSME/S at Mass General Bulfinch Medical Group
DSME/S at Mass General Internal Medicine Associates
DSME/S at Mass General Diabetes Center
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Each participating Massachusetts General Hospital practice offers a complete program for patients with Type 1 and 2 diabetes. Patients and families will learn more about:
Our patients that participate in education and support programs have been able to achieve and maintain many successful outcomes. Patients are able to lower their HbA1c results, achieve desirable cholesterol levels, lose weight, begin exercise routines and many more positive results.
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The care team at the Diabetes Clinical Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about strategies to manage diabetes and related conditions and diseases. The links below provide more information about the conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.
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Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, and sugar diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough, or to properly use, insulin.
The care team at the Diabetes Clinical Center encourages all patients and family members to participate in programs to improve management of their condition. The links below provide more information about support groups that might be treated within this program.
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Think exercise has to be boring? One of our Diabetes support groups in Chelsea demonstrates how fun and easy exercise can be.
(This video is provided for reference and educational purposes only. Always consult with a qualified and licensed physician prior to beginning any exercise program.)
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Diabetes Self Management and Education Programs Administrative Office
Diabetes Self Management and Education Programs occur at the following outpatient practices. For more information, contact the individual practices below.
DSME/S at Mass General Bulfinch Medical GroupEmail the Bulfinch DSME/S Program
DSME/S at Mass General Internal Medicine AssociatesEmail the Internal Medicine Associates DSME/S Program
DSME/S at Mass General Diabetes AssociatesEmail the Diabetes Center DSME/S Program
DSME/S at Charlestown HealthCare CenterEmail the Charlestown DSME/S Program
DSME/S at Chelsea HealthCare CenterEmail the Chelsea DSME/S Program
DSME/S at Revere Health CenterEmail the Revere DSME/S Program
Program Management Office
If you have additional questions, please contact the Diabetes Program Manager, Jen Searl, at 617-726-1897 or email@example.com
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