The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at St. Joseph Medical Center
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 10% of adults in Texas have diabetes. More than a quarter of those 1.8 million adults don’t even know they have the disease. The risk only continues to increase with age… In Texas, 23% of adults over the age of 65 are afflicted with diabetes. One out of every three adults in the United States has either diabetes or pre-diabetes.
In Houston, adults suffering from diabetes know where they can turn to for education and treatment: The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at St. Joseph Medical Center provides patients with personalized medical management of the disease, as well as comprehensive education and support services.
We offer advanced clinical care for the treatment of diabetes in patients ages 18 and older, as well as patient education and support services. (Patients ages 16-18 are encouraged to call for additional information.) This multidisciplinary program provides services for:
- Diabetes screening
- Comprehensive diabetes care and management
- Complication screening, prevention and treatment
- Weight management and nutritional counseling
- Medication management
- Insulin pump management
- Self-care and self-management
- Gestational diabetes management
The patients of the center are cared for by a dedicated, experienced team that includes board certified endocrinologists, registered dietitians, Certified Diabetes Educators, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, and other medical and support professionals.
To schedule an appointment, please call The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at St. Joseph Medical Center at 713.756.8080.
Our Standards of Care
The diabetes care team at St. Joseph Medical Center follows the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Care. The Standards of Care ensure that each patient gets the comprehensive clinical treatment he or she needs, starting with the diabetes ABCs:
- A: A1C or estimated blood glucose (eAG)
- B: blood pressure
- C: blood cholesterol (blood lipid) levels
General Standards of Care require the following commitment from both the patient and the healthcare team:
At Every Office Visit
- Discuss blood glucose check results.
- Check blood pressure.
- Monitor weight and discuss plan for reaching weight goals.
- Discuss meal plan.
- Discuss any lifestyle, work, or emotional changes.
- Discuss physical activity routine.
- Create a smoking cessation plan (if applicable).
- Remove socks and shoes for foot check.
- Review medicine, including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, vitamins, and supplements.
- Discuss use of aspirin for cardiovascular health, if appropriate
- Patient asks any question about diabetes management/care.
At Least Every 3 to 6 Months
- Check A1C/eAG.
At Least Once a Year
- Check cholesterol levels to know risk for heart and blood vessel disease.
- Perform microalbumin urine test for kidney changes or damages.
- Have a dilated eye exam to check for vision problems.
- Get a flu shot.
- Have a complete foot exam.
At Least Once in a Lifetime
- Get a pneumonia vaccine.
Commitment to these standards ensures that no patient “slips through the cracks.” Diabetes is a disease that requires thorough management and education, which is one reason why many physicians in Houston choose to refer their patients to The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at St. Joseph Medical Center.
The medical team at The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at St. Joseph Medical is committed to educating the greater Houston, TX community about diabetes prevention and management. Team members are involved in the community in the following ways:
American Diabetes Association (Houston)
The Director of Diabetes Management at St. Joseph Medical Center proudly serves on the American Diabetes Association Houston Leadership Board. She is an active supporter of the ADA Camp Lotta Bright Hope for kids.
In addition to being named Houston ADA’s Volunteer of the Year (2012), she serves alongside two physicians at The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at St. Joseph Medical on the committee for Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.
The team members at St. Joseph Medical Center regularly speak about diabetes management in the greater Houston area. To have one of our Certified Diabetes Educators speak to your church or school group, please call the center at 713.756.8080.
Bringing Diabetes Management to More of Houston
The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at St. Joseph Medical is currently planning to extend its services to St. Joseph Medical Center in The Heights. This expansion will help more Houstonians bring their diabetes under control!