By Dr. Seema Massand
More than 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes and nearly 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes. This disease is so prevalent that if you aren’t dealing with it yourself, then you know someone who is. People of African descent are especially at high risk for developing diabetes by the time they reach mid-life due to a variety of factors including, age, genetics, weight, and diet. So, it’s important we tackle this health crisis as a community.
We know managing diabetes is important, even more so during times like these. Unfortunately, the pandemic has limited some people’s access to receiving quality care whether in person, or virtually. That’s why AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY), a primary and specialty care practice serving half a million patients across the New York metropolitan area, has launched a first-of-its-kind program to better educate our patients on diabetes and encourage patients to continue their quality care.
We have teamed up with our talented staff to create an all-new Diabetes Education Center on ACPNY.com. The goals of our Diabetes Education Center are to improve overall patient engagement, achieve better patient outcomes, close gaps in care and offer a multidisciplinary approach to achieving compliance with medication, adherence to a plan, and HbA1c testing. Adopting a digitally focused approach allows us to reach a wider audience, while giving people a better understanding of diabetes and care.
Our new Diabetes Education Center also offers a variety of helpful and easy to understand articles, videos, and checklists about diabetes, as well as the ability to submit questions and sign up for our new diabetes e-newsletter. This new content is segmented to speak to three distinct audiences by providing general diabetes information for all patients, guidance for those living with diabetes or pre-diabetes on how to best manage their condition, and advice on how you can support a friend or family member who has diabetes.
Think of our Diabetes Education Center as a complement to care provided by a dedicated team of health care providers in your community, but also a way to keep this important discussion going. If you or a loved one has been impacted by diabetes, sign up today to receive education materials and updates from ACPNY’s Diabetes Education Center at acpny.com/livewell/diabetes.
Dr. Massand is the Vice President of Clinical Quality at AdvantageCare Physicians.