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Dealing with diabetes in Dayton

August 12, 2016

Dealing with diabetes in Dayton

Diabetes is a prevalent and ever-growing problem across the United States and right here in the heartland.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Diabetes Association:

  • Approximately 1,334,918 people in Ohio, or 13.5 percent of the population, have diabetes.
  • Of those, an estimated 286,000 have diabetes but don’t know it, greatly increasing their health risk.
  • In addition, 35.3 percent of the adult population in Ohio have pre-diabetes.
  • On average, a person with diabetes spends nearly four times as much money on healthcare as someone who does not have diabetes.

Kettering Health Network has partnered with the Joslin Diabetes Center to bring world-class diabetes care, education and research advancements to the greater Dayton area.

“Education is absolutely crucial for the management of diabetes, and the Joslin Center is the foremost leader in diabetes education,” Dr. Paul R. Glowienka, medical director of Joslin Diabetes Center at Kettering Health Network.

What is the Joslin Diabetes Center?

The Joslin Diabetes Center, headquartered in Boston, Mass., and affiliated with Harvard Medical School, is a national and international leader in diabetes treatment and research. Established over 100 years ago as the private practice of diabetes specialist Dr. Elliott P. Joslin, the center has developed innovative treatments and protocols that have vastly improved the lives of people with diabetes.

For example, Joslin clinicians have:

  • Developed treatment programs that have enabled women with diabetes to deliver healthy babies, increasing the fetal survival rate to nearly that of women who do not have diabetes.
  • Developed laser treatment for diabetic eye disease, making it possible to prevent most cases of vision loss due to diabetes.
  • Identified treatments, now being tested in a nationwide trial, which may prevent type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes.

A perfect partnership

The Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate at Kettering Health Network currently has two locations that are full-service: Southview Medical Center (1989 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd.) run by endocrinologist, Dr. Yassin Mustafa and the Hamilton Health Center (150 High St., Hamilton). The Hamilton location is run by endocrinologist, Dr. Baker Machhadieh.

The centers offer both specialty medical care and education services. The specialty medical practice is staffed with endocrinologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, LPNs and medical assistants.

Education services include diabetes self-management training (DSMT) provided by certified diabetes educators who are either registered dietitians or RNs and medical nutrition therapy (MNT) provided by registered dietitians.

Four additional Joslin Diabetes Center locations offer education services: Beavercreek, Miamisburg, Xenia and Trotwood.

Anyone can sign up for a pre-diabetes class, but a doctor’s referral is required to attend the rest of our classes or to make an appointment.

Click here to learn more about the Joslin Diabetes Center at Kettering Health Network.