Glucometer and other instruments for measuring glucose levels on partially filled blood sugar tracker.

Get Back on Track

Sometimes we need to revisit how we've been managing diabetes. The Diabetes Outpatient Intensive Treatment Program (DO IT) helps people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes tune up the management of the condition. Through individual attention and small-group education, you'll learn what you need to do to get on and stay on the pathway to health.

What to Expect

Your DO IT team is made up of an endocrinologist, an exercise physiologist, a registered dietitian, nurse educators, and a behavioral health counselor. You’ll start by meeting with each specialist individually. Then you'll have a physical exam and lab work, and we’ll take an image of your eye's retina.

After evaluating your needs, the team will work with you to design a personalized nutrition, exercise, and medication plan. We will go over the latest techniques in diabetes management:

  • Interpreting blood glucose levels
  • Spotting, avoiding, and treating low blood glucose
  • Responding to high levels
  • Adjusting and timing your medications
  • Taking care of your heart and kidneys
  • Managing travel and sick days
  • Meeting nutritional goals
  • Removing the guess work from dining out
  • Exercising to maintain control
  • Reducing stress and staying motivated

At the end of the program, we’ll provide you and your primary care doctor with a record of your lab work, medical findings, and the changes you’ve made to your diabetes care plan.
 

A Program that Drives Results

The results of the DO IT Program are outstanding:

  • Many of our patients improve their A1C results by an average of almost 1.5 points. Those with the greatest risk of complications, with A1C readings greater than 10, reduced their levels an average of 2.75 points in the first 3-6 months.
  • The number of their emergency room visits and hospitalization was cut in half the first year.
  • The time lost from work or school was reduced by 43 percent the first year.

To learn more about the DO IT program or to register call  617-309-2628 or e-mail DOITParticipant [at] joslin.harvard.edu.