Treating Diabetes in New Jersey
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or you were born with the condition, it’s crucial to control and manage your diabetes so you can live a long and healthy life. At Vanguard Medical Group, our primary care physicians and registered dietician nutritionist will work with you to help you manage your diabetes, either virtually or in person. Learn more about the various diabetes care services we offer to our patients in New Jersey.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Normally, food is broken down into sugar for energy, but in a person with diabetes, his/her body can’t break down the sugars properly. Having too much sugar in your blood can lead to serious health problems if left uncontrolled, including heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, and more.
Diabetes is more common in some people than in others, and some of the most common risk factors include:
- Being age 45 or older
- Being overweight
- Having a history of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Having a family history of diabetes
Our Comprehensive Diabetes Care Programs
At Vanguard Medical Group, we provide comprehensive diabetes care services, including prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment so you can take control of your diagnosis and health. Our diabetes care is suitable for patients with Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes and includes the following programs:
Our Diabetes Prevention Program utilizes the Prevent T2 CDC curriculum to provide knowledge and resources for preventing Type 2 diabetes in patients who have received a pre-diabetes diagnosis. Our prevention services include pre-diabetes and diabetes counseling, weight-loss counseling, and personalized goal setting for healthy living. Our diabetes care team will provide you with the support and education you need to improve your health and lower your risk for diabetes and other serious health problems.
Part of preventing further complications with pre-diabetes or diabetes is keeping up with your care, including taking your medications, checking your blood sugar, and attending regular doctor appointments. This helps you and your doctors get an updated and accurate picture of your health. When visiting Vanguard Medical Group for diabetes care, we have a routine process that we follow to examine all the important factors. This includes:
- Diabetic eye exam
- Diabetic foot exam
- Hemoglobin A1C lab testing
- Microalbumin lab testing
- Fasting blood sugar lab testing
- Gestational diabetes counseling if pregnant
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
This month-long program is fully accredited by the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) and provides patients with the tools and knowledge necessary to manage their diabetes and live a healthy lifestyle. Our certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES) and registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) will work together with you to develop a customized plan to improve your blood sugar, A1C levels, and overall lifestyle. This program includes individualized counseling with personalized recommendations from our RDN, blood glucose monitoring instructions, group sessions, and more.
Request an Appointment Today
Being diagnosed with diabetes can be life-altering and may require you to make changes for the sake of your health. At Vanguard Medical Group, we offer comprehensive diabetes care services, including prevention, management, treatment, and more, so you can improve your health and wellness with support from experts. Request an appointment with one of our expert physicians or RDN today.