Morton Hospital

88 Washington Street, Taunton, MA 02780    508-828-7000

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Diabetes Services

Diabetes Care at Morton Hospital

Morton Hospital's diabetes program is facilitated through our Steward Medical Group (SMG) Specialty Care office, located in the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton.  Our team is comprised of two board-certified diabetes and endocrinology specialists, as well as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.

In addition to treating patients with diabetes, SMG Specialty Care offers education, individual teaching, group classes and support groups.   

Our Team:

Hagop Kojanian, MD
Dan Tang, MD   
Margaret Pochay, RD, CDE 

Our team will help you manage your diabetes effectively in a way that allows you to maintain a fulfilling lifestyle - all with the added convenience of receiving your care close to home.  

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body lacks insulin or is unable to use insulin effectively. Insulin is a body hormone that breaks down sugar from foods we eat. If insulin isn’t available or not working well, blood sugar gets too high.

What does high blood sugar feel like?

It can make you:

  • Thirsty or hungry
  • Develop infections or cysts frequently
  • Drowsy
  • Need to urinate often
  • Develop dry skin
  • Have blurry vision
  • Lose weight unintentionally
  • Have no symptoms at all

Who gets Diabetes?

Diabetes can occur in anyone. However, a family history of diabetes places you at a higher risk. Diabetes can occur in both younger and older people, but the risk increases after age 40. If you are overweight or have high blood pressure, your risk for diabetes is higher. Women who develop gestational diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life. Some nationalities are also more likely to develop type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

What do I do to keep myself as healthy as possible?

  • See your doctor yearly (even if you don’t have diabetes) so you can be routinely checked for diabetes.
  • See your doctor if high blood sugar (diabetes-related) symptoms develop so you can be checked for diabetes.
  • See your diabetes care physician and diabetes care team according to guidelines based on your individual diabetes needs.
  • Educate yourself if you have diabetes and review educational materials at least yearly, as guidelines can change over time.
  • Work with a diabetes management team. We are here for you to facilitate the planning, execution and maintenance of your diabetes plan.
  • Recognize that the ways you manage diabetes may be different from the ways another person manages his/her diabetes successfully.

 


SMG Specialty Care
John Adams Medical Center    
100 Industrial Park Road, Suite 2   
Taunton, MA 02780

508-822-2266 

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