Diabetes Treatment and Self-Management

Did you know that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US and that 22 million people have diabetes? The sad truth is 11 million people don’t know it!

The good news is, when it comes to diabetes, knowledge really is power! The power to live life your way starts with good diabetes control. Taking control of diabetes is the key to improving your quality of life.

Keeping your blood sugar (also called blood glucose) levels in the normal range can make a big difference now and in the future. In the short run, you will feel better, stay healthy and have more energy. And in the long run you will lower your chances of having diabetes related problems such as eye disease, kidney disease and nerve damage. Ultimately, you will enjoy a better quality life.

We offer an outstanding diabetes education program that has been nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association for its excellence in patient teaching methods! Our program teaches you how to manage your diabetes with immediate results that will lower your blood sugar and help you achieve long-term results. Spouses and family members are welcomed and encouraged to attend with you.

Our hospital-based programs work with a person’s needs and respond to those needs with compassion, caring and knowledgeable decisions. Unlike other hospital programs in the area, our programs give you access to physicians and nurse practitioners as well as access to certified diabetes nurse educators and certified diabetes dietitian educators.   

Our team is dedicated to helping adult patients with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes, thyroid diseases, osteoporosis, as well as other endocrine disorders. We also offer a goal-oriented self-management and treatment program. The overall goal is to help people with diabetes have a better quality of life by preventing any complications that often arise from diabetes including: early stage heart disease and strokes, blindness or greatly reduced vision, kidney failure, loss of nerve sensations that can interfere with mobility issues and loss of limbs.

Small changes to diet and lifestyle can make an impact on your risk for developing Type II diabetes.

To learn and take control of your diabetes, the Diabetes Self-Management Program includes group classes or 1:1 sessions that teach you how to live and manage your diabetes. We work together, as a team, with you, your family and your primary care physician to help build the most up to date medical and nutritional treatment plan for you and provide you with the information and resources you need to control your diabetes.

Health Minute features Dr. Bindiya Thakkar, an endocrinologist at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. In this video, Dr. Thakkar will help to define diabetes and discuss causes, prevention and treatment options.

Please call either hospital location to schedule your class or to make an individual appointment. To join the Diabetes Self-Management Program, you must be referred by a physician.

For more information regarding coverage, please call your health insurance company prior to your first visit. Download our Diabetes Care and Management brochure .

Diabetes Self-Management Program
Lawrence Memorial Hospital   Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
170 Governors Avenue   585 Lebanon Street
Medford, MA   Melrose, MA
781-306-6370   781-979-3400
Rena La Vasseur, RN, CDE   Alice DiCenzo, BSN, RN, CDE
(Certified Diabetes Educator/   (Certified Diabetes Educator/
Pump Trainer)   Pump Trainer)
    Mary Ann Tillotson, BSN, RN, CDE
    (Certified Diabetes Educator/
    Pump Trainer)


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