Call for Proposals to Improve the Lives of Those With Diabetes

The Berkman Fund Governance Committee, in conjunction with our Diabetes Center of Excellence, is soliciting proposals for funding of clinical projects intended to improve the lives of people with diabetes. Proposals requesting between $50,000 and $150,000 will be considered. Applicants are requested to submit an abstract of the proposed project before 5 pm , Wednesday, October 31. Faculty and staff of our health care system and the Medical School are invited to apply. Return the abstract application with a copy of your curriculum vitae to Lisa Hubacz, administrator, Diabetes Center of Excellence. Email Michael Thompson, MD, clinical research chief, Diabetes Center of Excellence or Lisa Hubacz with questions.

Dr. Harlan Comments on Low-Carb Diet with Managing Diabetes

Dr. Harlan

Can a low-carb diet aid people with type 1 diabetes? While most diabetes experts don’t recommend low-carb diets for those with type 1 diabetes, especially children, a new study suggests otherwise. David Harlan, MD, chief of the Division of Diabetes and director of the Diabetes Center of Excellence, was quoted in a recent New York Times article about a new study that appeared in the journal “Pediatrics.” Dr Harlan noted that while it wasn’t a clinical trial, the study is striking because it highlights a community of patients who have been “extraordinarily successful” at controlling their diabetes with a very low-carb diet. Dr. Harlan was also quoted in HealthDay coverage of the study.

Get ‘On The Beat’ to Learn about Heart Risks and Foot Health

In the recent edition of On the Beat, our Heart and Vascular Center shares a delicious recipe for crab cakes, urges you to take a free heart-healthy risk assessment, explains the correlation between diabetes and heart health, and highlights the importance our limb preservation team plays in foot health. The e-newsletter is designed to help keep your health on track with tips and inspiration mailed straight to your inbox. On the Beat is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Learn how to sign up today and read the recent issue.

Stick to It: Set Goals to Control Your Diabetes for Life!

Diabetes care is best managed in partnership with your health care team. As captain of your team, you should set goals and establish a plan to achieve success. Each member of your team will bring his or her expertise to help guide and support you through this journey. Your primary care provider is the coach who coordinates your care with other team members across many health care settings. Learn more in the latest edition of Stick to It, the Diabetes Center of Excellence e-newsletter produced by the Marketing and Communications department. Sign up to have the newsletter delivered to your inbox.

Our Limb Preservation Team: Saving Limbs, Saving Lives

Diabetes affects 30 million Americans. This disease can cause changes in circulation, decreased sensation and changes in structure of the foot causing a foot ulcer. If not treated promptly, ulcers can easily become infected and may lead to amputation. Seventy-five percent of amputations are due to diabetes. Early detection and treatment is critical to limb preservation. Our Limb Preservation Center uses an evidence-based approach to wound evaluation and care. Make an Appointment: 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763).

Pediatric Patient with Diabetes Gives Back to Other Kids

Braden O’Connor with the care packages

Eleven-year-old Braden O’Connor wanted to do something special to celebrate his first “diaversary” (Type 1 diabetes anniversary), so he and his mom stopped by the Children’s Medical Center to donate 20 bags full of supplies to help and comfort other newly diagnosed diabetic children and their families during their first admission. Each bag comes with a calculator, measuring cups, notebook, age-appropriate small trinkets and gifts, handmade stained-glass angel, and a personalized note of encouragement from Braden.

 

Stick to It: Don’t Miss Diabetes Foot Care Health Tips

In the January edition of Stick to It, our Diabetes Center of Excellence offers tips to take care of your feet when you have diabetes, as well as making permanent lifestyle changes that make the difference between reaching successful goals and abandoning your New Year’s resolutions faster than you can say Valentine’s Day chocolates. Produced by the Marketing and Communications Department, Stick to It is designed to help keep your health on track with tips and inspiration mailed straight to your inbox. Learn how to sign up today and read the recent issue.

Health Watch: Dr. Ding Discusses Eye Care for Patients with Diabetes

Patients with diabetes often experience complications with eyesight, particularly diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, diabetic patients can take steps to lower their chances of developing eye problems and complications, including seeing an eye care provider at least once a year for a dilated eye exam. Optometrist Juan Ding, MD, discusses the importance of these preventative visits and how we are making eye care more convenient for our diabetic patients by offering optometry care services in the Diabetes Center of Excellence.

Stick to It: Diabetes and the Importance of Eye Care

In the recent edition of Stick to It, our Diabetes Center of Excellence talks about the importance of eye health when you have diabetes. Learn about our new eye clinic and how you can reduce your chances of developing issues with your sight. Produced by the Marketing and Communications Department, Stick to It is designed to help keep your health on track with tips and inspiration mailed straight to your inbox. Learn how to sign up today and read the recent issue.

Stick to It: Don’t Miss Diabetes Snack Health Tips!

In the recent edition of Stick to It, our Diabetes Center of Excellence offers ideas for snacks that help keep your blood sugar in check and explains why it’s important that you manage your blood sugar levels. Stick to It is designed to help keep your health on track with tips and inspiration mailed straight to your inbox. Stick to It is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Learn how to sign up today and read the recent issue.