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Diabetes Program

Teaching the skills to help prevent diabetes-related complications.

Treatment and Prevention of Diabetes

The Bristol Health diabetes program offers the latest in medical care and comprehensive self-management education and training for people with diabetes. Because diabetes is a complicated disease, our team of experts teaches you skills to prevent diabetes-related complications, such as blindness, kidney and heart disease, stroke and amputations. Our goal is to help you live well with diabetes. 

When looking for a diabetes treatment program, choose one that is staffed by certified diabetes educators and has access to a board-certified endocrinologist. Also look for a program that offers a variety of teaching options, has convenient hours, is located close to home and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. It is comforting to know that the program at the Bristol Health meets all these standards.

Call 860.940.6300 to schedule your consultation. 

Americans have diabetes.
Americans 18 and older have pre-diabetes
Cause of death
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

What's the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

Both types of diabetes are chronic diseases that affect the manner in which your body is able to regulate its glucose - but for different reasons.

People with type 1 diabetes are unable to produce insulin - the hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in your blood.

For people with type 2 diabetes, their body does not respond to insulin as well as it should and as the disease progresses often times no longer produce enough insulin. 

Common Symptoms

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes share similar symptoms. Some common signs you may have diabetes include:
  • Constantly feeling thirsty
  • Consistent hungry feeling
  • Frequent urination
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Wounds do not heal

How Does the Program Work?

When you begin our program, we will work with you to develop a teaching plan tailored specifically for you, and we will help you set goals that will make living with diabetes more manageable. Feel free to bring a family member with you to your appointments. Physician referral is required. Medicare covers the cost of this program. Most other insurers provide reimbursement, but many plans require authorization before you can be seen

To best meet your needs, we provide the following teaching options:

Individual Consultation: Individual instruction is available for focused topics such as home blood glucose monitoring, meal planning, carbohydrate counting, insulin use, and intensive management. This is a perfect setting for pregnant women and for people with hearing or visual impairments. 

Modules: All aspects of diabetes self-management are covered during this group class that consists of 4 two-hour sessions. For your convenience, morning and evening sessions are available.

Support Groups: We offer evening support groups for adults with diabetes. Meetings are free and are held on a monthly basis. We encourage you to invite family members and friends to join you at the group sessions.

Our Team of Experts

Endocrinologist Vijay Joshi, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He treats patients with diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis and other conditions associated with hormonal imbalances.

Diabetes Program coordinator and instructor, Miles Everett, RN, RD, CDE, is a certified diabetes educator, registered dietitian and registered nurse.

Our registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, Katie Kreh, RD, offers the latest in medical nutrition therapy. She will work with you to provide an individualized nutrition plan and help you incorporate it into your life.

Support group facilitators Miles Everett, RN, RD, CDE, and Katie Kreh, RD, offer monthly support groups to allow people with diabetes and their significant others to get reinforcement, updated information, and community for their life with diabetes.

Our Location

  1. Bristol Health Medical Care Center

    15 Riverside Avenue

    Bristol, CT 06010

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