Support for preventing and managing diabetes
Diabetes is more than a condition that must be treated. It is a disease that must be managed. The experienced doctors and nurses of the Diabetes Center at Tufts Medical Center will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.
Every year, we help more than 3,000 patients with diabetes live healthier, but to our medical staff, you will never be just a number. We get to know you personally as we work with you to understand and meet your needs. Our goal is to help you manage diabetes in a way that minimizes its effect on your life and avoid complications by carefully designing patient-centered approaches that combine meaningful lifestyle changes, self-monitoring and medication use.
The Center is on the cutting edge of diabetes care with innovative programs such as a telemedicine initiative that allows doctors to consult on patients with diabetes as part of wellness programs in their workplace.
Meet our Diabetes Center Co-Directors
The center is co-directed by Richard D. Siegel, MD, and Anastassios G. Pittas, MD MS. Dr. Siegel, an associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, has been named a Boston Top Doctor by Boston Magazine multiple times and ranked as one of the best diabetes doctors in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Pittas, a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, is a leading authority on diabetes prevention and has also been named a Boston Top Doctor by Boston Magazine multiple times. His research focuses on innovative approaches to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes. He serves as the principal investigator of a multi-site clinical trial that will test the role of Vitamin D in prevention of type 2 diabetes. The study is sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (www.d2dstudy.org).
How will my disease be managed?
Our doctors and nurses will first meet with you to understand your needs and develop a patient-oriented management plan. An effective treatment plan for diabetes often includes lifestyle modifications, self-monitoring of weight, blood glucose levels and blood pressure, and medications to control weight, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. At Tufts Medical Center, we have the resources and the experience to achieve the right combination of treatment options for you.
A key component of our program is to provide you with information about your disease and how you can control diabetes through appropriate changes in lifestyle. You will work directly with dieticians who have special expertise in helping you determine how to best manage your blood glucose level through what you eat and when. You and your family may also get individual instruction on a variety of aspects of care from our certified diabetes educators.
We refer appropriate patients to the Lifestyle Coaching for Diabetes and Weight Loss, an intensive program that combines diet and exercise changes to prevent or reverse the effects of diabetes.
Throughout your comprehensive care, we will bring in other specialists as needed, and we will coordinate your treatment. Additional services include podiatry, vascular surgery, including the Wound Center at Tufts Medical Center, nephrology, neurology and the New England Eye Center.
Support when you need it
Because diabetes requires daily management and complications can occur at any time, we are always available to answer your questions and address concerns. You can reach us by phone or email. This is part of our commitment to helping you live better with diabetes.
Join our Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) group which is open to attendees over 18 and all experiences with diabetes. Group sessions focus on topics like glucose monitoring, nutrition and mediation use.