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The Diabetes Center of Excellence is proud to offer our patients MyCareTeam Clinical (MCT Clinical), an online diabetes management system that allows you and your diabetes care provider to maintain regular contact and better manage your blood sugar levels, diet, calorie and carbohydrate counting for type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

MyCareTeam lets you download your blood sugar readings from most meters through a secure Internet site and the data can then be easily added to your electronic medical record. Once the data is gathered, it can be accessed, evaluated and closely monitored by all members of your care team, improving your overall care and health.

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Extraordinary Success Stories

Diabetes-patientsJulie Kozlowski was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 3 but a year later suffered a low sugar seizure that resulted in a temporary paralysis. Since then she has been struggling to manage her diabetes but only succeeded in reaching her blood glucose goals after she transitioned from a pediatric patient to an adult. Nowadays, Julie is not embarrassed talking about her condition, she wants to share her knowledge of diabetes with people and sees such opportunity as a teachable moment. Gaining new knowledge and new understanding of diabetes as an adult, including studying the history of diabetes research and going to Toronto on a “diabetes trip,” Julie is now working on a TED Talk proposal aiming to share her experiences with hyper- and hypoglycemia. She is particularly interested in conveying the sensory changes caused by low sugars, such as the sensation of your “brain shutting down,” distorted vision and hearing, etc. Julie is very grateful to “her team” consisting of Dr. Harlan, Dr. Thompson, and her diabetes educator Christina Krueger who are all supporting her endeavor to spread diabetes awareness and are her guides in the science of low sugars.

NEWS

  • New Emphasis on Health Behaviors and Diabetes

    The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) is one of five institutions in the U.S. chosen by the Bringing Science Home for a collaborative training program to increase capacity in diabetes psychology. The program will train postdoctoral fellows for 1 year at 5 nationally recognized diabetes clinical research institutions: Stanford University, University of Chicago, Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University, University of Florida, and University of Massachusetts. According to Dr. Nicole Johnson, a well-known diabetes advocate, a member of the DCOE Visiting Advisory Committee, and the force behind this diabetes psychology training program, there is a serious need for more clinical psychologists who specialize in the management of chronic diseases, and this is especially the case in the field of diabetes. 

  • Sean Collins Joins the United States Defense Health Agency

    As reported in August, one of the DCOE’s distinguished nurse practitioners, Sean Collins, PhD, UMMS Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Nursing, has been promoted to U.S. Army Reserves Brigadier General (BG) and will serve as a principal advisor to the Pentagon’s Director of Health Affairs on Guard and Reserve matters. BG Collins has served on the forefront of the diabetes epidemic for more than 30 years. He has seen the development of new insulins and other glucose control medicines, better pumps to administer insulin, improved systems for patient self monitoring, and new care management paradigms.  Moreover, he’s helped implement those treatment advances for his patients’ benefit.  He started as a clinical specialist in dialysis.  That work led him to realize that 60% of patients on dialysis had that fate due to either high blood pressure or diabetes, so he redirected his efforts toward prevention. While he sees diabetes patients at the DCOE, General Collins also works on preventing diabetes among military veterans. “In the military, we now focus on healthy life style,” says General Collins, as he champions diabetes prevention among soldiers, returning veterans, and civilians.

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  • The New OCT Angiography Machine is Great News for Diabetes Patients

    A new cutting-edge OCT machine (Optical Coherence Tomography) finally becomes part of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts and is now available to patients at the Hahnemann Campus. This machine allows clinicians to observe fine details of the normal and abnormal retinal vasculature affected by diabetic retinopathy. A non-invasive technology with no dye required provides a huge advantage for patients who can now have an advanced retinal exam as part of their diabetes care.

    The new OCT machine uses a unique algorithm that detects movement of red blood cells and can separate and visualize different layers of the retina and choroid vasculature. The software has a color coded option that allows depth visualization of the retinal blood flow, giving clinicians an opportunity to look at various retinal diseases from a completely different perspective. Clinician Scientists of the UMass Ophthalmology Department are looking forward to making new discoveries that will change the way they treat and diagnose diabetic retinopathy. 

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