If you’re being treated for type 2 diabetes at NYU Langone, your doctor recommends a follow-up schedule that is based on the severity of your condition and the ability to control blood sugar levels. The doctor may meet with you as often as once a week or as infrequently as twice a year to monitor your blood sugar levels and keep track of your progress.
People with severe, uncontrolled type 2 diabetes may develop complications that affect other organs, including the heart, eyes, and kidneys. Your endocrinologist may refer you to other NYU Langone specialists for treatment of related conditions.
NYU Langone offers several services that can help people manage type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or metabolic syndrome.
NYU Langone has diabetes educators who can teach you how to live with diabetes, prevent complications, and—if possible—reverse the condition. Educators can explain how to perform and interpret home glucose monitoring, inject insulin, and use an insulin pump. Some people may meet with an educator twice a year, while others may choose to meet more often.
Our specialists also provide counseling about the importance of adopting healthy lifestyle habits, what to do if your glucose level is too high or too low, and how to avoid or manage diabetes during pregnancy.
Obesity is a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes. If you are overweight and have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, losing weight can help reduce blood sugar levels and decrease insulin resistance.
Specialists at NYU Langone’s Weight Management Program can create a weight loss plan that’s appropriate for your health and lifestyle. They offer advice on proper nutrition and exercise, as well as ongoing support.
NYU Langone registered dietitians and nutritionists can help you create a balanced meal plan aimed at reducing blood sugar levels after meals.
These specialists can explain which foods are more likely to cause a spike in blood sugar levels if eaten in large amounts. They also help you choose foods to lower blood sugar levels and maintain good nutrition.
Doctors strongly discourage people who have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes from smoking, which markedly increases the risk of blood vessel damage, heart attack, and stroke. Experts at NYU Langone’s Tobacco Cessation Programs provide strategies to help you quit for good.