200 Groton Road, Ayer, MA 01432 978-784-9000
Our Diabetes and Endocrine Center is dedicated to helping people with diabetes, their families and caregivers understand the intricacies of diabetes. Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) houses this outpatient facility, which offers area residents the opportunity to utilize the treatment, knowledge and expertise of our endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and staff.
Programs and Services
The Diabetes and Endocrine Center provides a team of clinicians, physicians, a nurse practitioner, diabetes nurse educators and dietitian who are certified diabetes educators (CDE), to work with patients and their families. They help you manage the interactions of diet, medication, exercise and other factors to bring blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. The team evaluates current knowledge about diabetes, nutrition and diet, and builds an individualized diabetes self-management program for each patient. Our goal is to help you avoid or minimize diabetes-related complications and to maximize your overall health.
The physicians specialize in diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic disorders, including thyroid, pituitary and lipid problems. The physicians meets with patients during their initial assessment and continues to coordinate and oversee patients' overall treatment plans and medical management. Working with the nurse educator and dietician, the physician develops specific treatment plans to meet each patient's individual needs.
The nurse practitioner specializes in diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic disorders, including thyroid and lipid problems. The nurse practitioner meets patients between physician visits for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of an individual's responses to his/her condition, medications, and treatments. Working with the physician, nurse educator, and dietician, the nurse practitioner provides direct care and prescribes pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment.
Our nurses are certified diabetes educators who have successfully met requirements for national certification in diabetes management. This advanced preparation allows our educator to assess, plan and implement a unique, individualized education program based on the patient's present level of knowledge about diabetes, as well as effective management strategies. With intensive experience in diabetes education and counseling, the educator also provides state-of-the-art information to optimize diabetes treatment.
A registered dietitian and CDE has extensive training in medical nutrition therapy, with a specialty in diabetes. Working with patients and their medical records, the dietician completes a medical and nutrition history, taking into consideration the present level of diabetes management, food preferences, individual goals for lipid counts, weight and mean planning.
The incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing as the population ages and obesity continues to be more prevalent. As health care professionals we need to serve more patients, but often have less time to do so. As our specific understanding of diabetes increases there are more complex topics to cover. We need to help patients understand and more effectively assume responsibility for managing their diabetes.
We offer a series of small group sessions on the following topics:
These groups are offered quarterly throughout the year. Each session is two hours in length, held each week, for four weeks. You may participate in one of all of the topics offered.
Learn more about diabetes support groups and other Nashoba Valley Medical Center events.
Diabetes and Endocrine Center
Nashoba Valley Medical Center
Medical Office Building
Ayer, MA 01432
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