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Managing diabetes

Although diabetes is a chronic condition, it can be managed effectively to reduce your risk of health complications. At Staten Island University Hospital, we have both adult and pediatric endocrinologists (physicians who specialize in diabetes and hormone disorders) along with certified diabetes educators. Our certified diabetes educators are registered nurses and dieticians who can instruct you in your diabetes self-care and management.

Diabetes Self-Management Program at SIUH

The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) at SIUH is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The core team of certified diabetes educators (CDE) who coordinate and run the program are Mary Gundersen, RN, CDE, and Marci Kliesch, RD, CDE.

The program offers individualized counseling sessions, group classes and support groups to address the day-to-day challenges of living with diabetes. These groups cover such topics as medication management; nutrition; exercise and activity; options for improving glucose control; foot, skin and dental care, and problem solving to better manage your diabetes. 

Meetings for the diabetes support groups are held in the Regina McGinn Education Center, Diabetes Conference Room, at the hospital's Ocean Breeze campus.  The remaining meeting dates for 2012 are as follows:

  • Diabetes Club  --  7 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 18, Oct. 30 and Nov. 27
  • Adult Insulin Pump Support - 7 p.m. , Mondays, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3
  • Diabetes Support Group - 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, Sept. 27 and Nov. 29

For more information about diabetes support groups, counseling sessions or classes offered at SIUH, call 718-226-1547.

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