Ochsner Medical Center, La.

I'm Dr. Lawrence Blonde. I'm the Director of the Ochsner Medical Center in New OrleansOchsner Diabetes Clinical Research Unit in the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Almost 21 million Americans presently have diabetes. Most people with diabetes don't achieve recommended treatment goals for control of blood sugar, and, therefore, are at increased risk for the development of chronic complications of diabetes like eye disease, kidney disease, increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

The Ochsner Diabetes Clinical Research Unit has focused on new therapies and new ways of delivering health care for people who have diabetes. We were involved in the trials of most of the new blood glucose lowering therapies that have become available in the last decade. Our department has developed a novel, intensive insulin program for seriously-ill, hospitalized patients and are actively studying the impact of this program.

null

Several years ago, we conducted a study that demonstrated that a more organized way of delivering out-patient diabetes care, using a team of health care professionals, could be associated with an improvement in blood sugar control and an improved quality of life for people with diabetes. Recently, we collaborated with Dr. Wood in our research department to conduct a pilot study looking at the impact of a simple, safe, home-based exercise program and showed its potential to reduce cardiovascular risk factors in people with diabetes. We're working to refine this intervention and to further study its potential to help people with diabetes.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3828116. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3828116. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3828116.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
Lisa Kudrow
Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library | Getty Images
PHOTO: Salvager Eric Schmitt was combing through the wreckage of a convoy of Spanish ships that sank off the coast of Florida in 1715 when he discovered a missing piece from a gold Pyx.
Courtesy 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, LLC
PHOTO: Motorists were startled when an axe from a dump truck in front of them flew at their windshield.
Massachusetts State Police/Facebook