CVPH Medical Center opened its Diabetes Education Center in 2006. The center provides a variety of self-management programs and a successful diabetes support group.
The program also provides nutrition support for diabetics as well as insulin-pump training and blood-glucose monitoring education.
Leveston has already developed a relationship with the center and praises the efforts of CVPH and the center’s staff in creating a program with rich benefits for the community.
“A multifaceted approach is the best resource we can offer,” he said, adding that he will help to expand education programs both for patients and the region’s primary-care doctors. “I want to push the diabetes-education concept. That’s where it all starts.”
The primary-care physician plays a vital role in the team effort by identifying potential diabetics at an early stage, he said.
“It’s my goal to get folks involved in lifestyle changes at an early stage,” he said. “Many, if not all, complications can be dramatically reduced if caught early. Once problems develop, there’s not a lot we can do to reverse the damage.”
A lot of the success in diabetes management relies on the relationship between doctor and patient, Leveston said, emphasizing his desire to work closely with each patient and to spend as much time with them as necessary.
“When you have a solid relationship and show sincere interest, the patient wants to follow through (with a doctor’s treatment recommendations),” he said.
Leveston’s decision to specialize in endocrinology has a personal connection. Both his grandmother and father were diabetics, and he has followed throughout his lifetime the multitude of advancements in diabetes care.
He also has a lifelong fondness for chemistry and biochemistry.
“Endocrinology is the application of biochemistry for human good,” he said.
Leveston is one of several new doctors CVPH has successfully attracted to the region of late.