At Mount Sinai Queens, primary care physicians and endocrinologists work together to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for patients with type 1, type 2, gestational (pregnancy-related) diabetes and related disorders. Diabetes is a multifaceted disease that can cause a variety of complications including eye damage, neuropathy, kidney failure, heart disease, hearing loss and high blood pressure. As a result, our doctors recognize that managing diabetes requires a comprehensive approach to care that relies on input from multiple specialties.
Our ambulatory care centers, Physician Associates and Family Health Associates, offer a family friendly neighborhood approach to care that gives patients with diabetes access to leading endocrinologists, cardiologists, nephrologists, urologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists and vascular surgeons, all in one location. We also have pediatricians that are available to treat children with diabetes.
Patients receive seamless care and now with Epic, our electronic medical record system (EMR), their team of specialists can access medical records, charts and laboratory results and read imaging scans and reports no matter which office they currently are seeing patients in. An EMR ensures that diabetes patients receive timely screenings such as annual eye and biannual podiatry exams.
Medical Interventions for Diabetics
To effectively manage diabetes, patients require both medical and lifestyle interventions. Our primary care physicians care for the majority of patients in our community with diabetes and refer to endocrinologists when needed. Endocrinologists provide patients with oral and injectable medications and help set up critical patients with insulin pump therapy, which provides a continuous infusion of rapid-acting insulin.
Growing technology among our endocrinologists includes continuous glucose monitoring, in which sensors placed under the skin measure glucose levels. In addition, computerized glucometers store blood sugar readings on a memory chip for patients to bring to their doctors visits. Specialists also help educate patients and their families about how to use these devices.
Nutrition Counseling for Diabetics
It is critical that diabetes patients make lifestyle modifications to keep their disease in check. Registered Dietitians are available to provide dietary recommendations that help control sugar levels. They work with the patient and use food journaling to develop a dietary plan that is tailored to the patient’s medical condition, cultural food preferences and economic circumstances. In addition, we explore the psychology of overeating by identifying triggers for unhealthy eating habits.
We Provide Care for All
Our Physician Associates and Family Health Associates practices accept many insurances as well as Medicare and Medicaid. For underserved patients, we offer a sliding payment scale that is based on their income level. Specialists are available six days a week and offer extended hours on select days. To make an appointment at Physician Associates, please call 718-808-7350; to make an appointment at Family Health Associates, please call 718-808-7300; to make an appointment at the Mount Sinai Queens Cancer Program, please call 718-808-7375.
Mount Sinai Queens
Physician Referral: 1-800-YOUR-MDs
Hospital Tel: 718-932-1000
25-10 30th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11102