Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York
Under the direction of Ajay Chaudhuri, M.D., the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of WNY helps patients improve the quality of their lives and health through proper management of and education about their particular disease states. Center clinicians specialize in the diagnosis, management and treatment of Type I and Type II diabetes and its complications.
The Center also treats other endocrine disorders such as thyroid disease and metabolic disorders, just to name a couple.
As an affiliate of Kaleida Health and the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of WNY can provide the most advanced medical knowledge and diagnostic technology for the treatment and prevention of:
- Diabetes complications
- Retinopathy and cataracts
- Diabetic renal disease
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Diabetic feet
- Accelerated Atherosclerosis
- Heart attack & stroke
- Complications due to diabetic pregnancy
We are also specialists in managing:
- Thyroid and parathyroid diseases
- Pituitary disease
- Adrenal disorder
- Gender-affirming hormone therapy
- Bone and metabolic disorders
Insulin Pump Program
The Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of WNY has the largest insulin pump program in the Buffalo-Niagara area, with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics on pumps. Patients come from all walks of life, and range in age from young school-age children to retirees in their 80s.
The Center works with all pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems.
Insulin pump therapy has some big advantages over traditional injections but may not be for everyone. Therefore, potential pump patients are carefully screened and trained in basic nutrition and accurate carbohydrate counting before starting on the pump.
Pump training is generally done in two, three-hour sessions, with the first being a saline trial. Patients already on a pump who are upgrading to a new model usually require only one training session. All pump training is done at 705 Maple Road in Williamsville by nurse educators who are also certified pump trainers. Frequent follow-up appointments are required for brand new pumpers. Once stable, a pump patient is expected to follow up with the doctor every three months.
If a patient is thinking about going on an insulin pump, there are some things to consider:
- It requires education including nutrition or diet education and meal planning.
- Back-up equipment, such as syringes or pens is still necessary.
- Blood glucose still has to be checked at least four times each day.
- Pumps and supplies are expensive, but most insurance companies pay approximately 80 percent of the cost.
- It takes patience at first, but it's worth it.
Gathering information and obtaining the proper education is key to a patient successfully managing and understanding their illness. At the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of WNY, a certified diabetic educator and registered dietitian consult with patients about the clinical and nutritional aspects of their treatment and lifestyle. They work as a team, alongside the patient, to obtain optimal results.
The team at the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center have devoted their lives to caring for people with diabetes and endocrinology diseases or dysfunctions. They can provide you with a wealth of information to successfully manage your health.