The Joslin Center at BID-Needham offers comprehensive services for adults with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including

Diabetes management

Whether you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or just want to improve your control, the Joslin Center at BID-Needham provides personalized diabetes treatment options and services. We treat adults with pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Our comprehensive services include

  • Individualized, patient-centered diabetes management
  • Glucose monitoring, including continuous glucose monitoring
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Diabetes education
  • Nutrition counseling

We refer patients to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes complications, including

  • Eye problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Foot care
  • Vascular issues
  • Depression

Diabetes education

At the Joslin Center, our certified diabetes educators assess patients' knowledge of diabetes and other risk factors and work with them on diabetes self-management issues, including

  • Setting blood sugar, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol goals
  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Nutrition instruction, including meal plans, and heart-healthy and carbohydrate-focused meal choices
  • Understanding food choice/medication and food choice/exercise relationships
  • Medication instruction, including oral or injectable insulin therapy and insulin pump therapy
  • Educating patients about acute and chronic complications, including eye, kidney and heart disease
  • Instructing patients on prevention, detection and treatment of low blood glucose

We encourage all patients to have at least one visit with a certified diabetes educator prior to a medical appointment. Studies have shown that ongoing diabetes care by a team of caregivers, including nutrition and self-management training, improves outcomes.

Nutrition counseling

While the traditionally strict "diabetic diet" has largely been replaced with increasingly liberal guidelines and a varied diet, understanding nutrition is key to a successful diabetes management program. Our registered dietitians provide ongoing advice and counseling regarding nutrition issues for people with diabetes, celiac disease, lipid disorders and dietary intolerances.