November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

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Mount Sinai Experts Offer Tips for Better Control of the Disease

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Today, 29.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Mount Sinai experts are sharing tips on prevention and detection.

Experts Available for Interview:

  • Ronald Tamler, MD, PhD, Clinical Director of the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Gerald Bernstein, MD, FACP, Director of the Diabetes Management Program at the Friedman Diabetes Institute at Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Robert Rapaport, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Jeanine Albu, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Camilla Levister, NP, CDE, Nurse Practioner and Certified Diabetes Educator at the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center

Symptoms of Diabetes:

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Blurry vision
  • Recurrent infections, like skin, gum or bladder infections
  • Sensations of hunger and fatigue

Tips for Diabetes Prevention:

  • Make smarter food choices
  • Increase physical activity
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce salt and sugar intake

Risk factors for Pre-diabetes -a condition that precedes the onset of type 2 diabetes:

  • Elevated blood glucose levels
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Having hypertension, high cholesterol or high triglycerides
  • Sedentary lifestyle and obesity
  • History of cardiovascular disease

Patients are also available for interviews.

About The Mount Sinai Diabetes Center
The Mount Sinai Diabetes Center provides comprehensive patient care for people with type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes, and related disorders. The experienced team of multidisciplinary specialized physicians, registered dieticians, nurse practitioners, and certified diabetes educators work together to create an individualized treatment program using state-of-the-art clinical therapies and the latest research. With a personalized treatment plan provided by the physicians and staff, patients are able to lower their risk of serious – even life-threatening – complications including eye-damage, kidney damage, nerve damage, foot problems and cardiovascular disease. For more information go to

About the Friedman Diabetes Institute at Mount Sinai Beth Israel
The goal of the Friedman Diabetes Institute is to provide the highest quality comprehensive diabetes care; to raise public awareness of the needs of people with diabetes; to conduct research in diabetes; and to provide education for people with diabetes and their families, as well as for the general public and medical professionals. For more information go to

About the Diabetes Program at University Medical Practice Associates, Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt
The Diabetes Program specializes in the management and education for diabetes type 1 and type 2 patients, focusing on prevention and management of complications through tight control of glucose and cardiovascular risk factors. The program helps patients in the management of their diabetes through workshops which include general diabetes education, detailed nutritional counseling with carbohydrate counting, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring. In addition, the program offers support for patients with pre-diabetes through a specialized diabetes prevention workshop and a personalized weight control program. Board certified endocrinologists work side by side a staff of certified diabetes educators to deliver state of the art evaluation and treatment.

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12-minority-owned free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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