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November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

Mount Sinai Experts Weigh In on Self-Management, Treatment Options, Reversing the Disease and the Newest Advances in Diabetes Research

Newswise — (New York –November 2, 2017) –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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Mount Sinai Health System experts are sharing tips on self-management, treatment options, reversing the disease, and the newest advances in diabetes research.

Experts Available for Interview:

  • Andrea Dunaif, MD, Chief, Hilda and J. Lester Gabrilove Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Carol Levy, MD, Clinical Director, Mount Sinai Diabetes Center, The Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Andrew Stewart, MD, PhD, Director, Mount Sinai Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Ronald Tamler, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Clinical Diabetes Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Maria Rodriguez, RD, Certified Diabetes Educator, The Diabetes Alliance, Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Artificial Pancreas  Research Program:
Dr. Levy and her team of researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are studying the safety and efficacy of artificial pancreas systems to improve the blood glucose control and reduce the burden of disease for people with type 1 diabetes. 

The Mount Sinai Hospital is the first clinical site in Manhattan to use the first FDA-approved artificial pancreas device—Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G hybrid closed looped system.

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*Type 1 diabetes patients on the artificial pancreas are available for interview

Symptoms of Diabetes:

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

Tips for Diabetes Prevention:

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

Risk Factors for Prediabetes:

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

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest integrated delivery system encompassing seven hospital campuses, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai’s vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 10 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator.

The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in four other specialties in the 2017-2018 “Best Hospitals” issue. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in six out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology and 50th for Ear, Nose, and Throat, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. For more information, visit, or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.