Diabetes is a serious medical condition that affects 29 million people in America. Because this disease increases risk for other serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes must be carefully managed. 

UChicago Medicine offers a patient-centered, science-based approach for managing insulin-dependent Type 1 diabetes, complex Type 2 diabetes, gestational, pre-diabetes and monogenic diabetes. Our multidisciplinary team works with patients and referring physicians to address all the challenges of diabetes, from hypertension and vascular problems, to foot conditions and kidney disease. We offer second opinions and ongoing treatment for people living with diabetes.

Controlling diabetes is a team effort. At UChicago Medicine, we help coordinate the efforts of your care team members, starting with your personal physician. Our team of certified diabetes educators includes registered dietitians and registered nurses who provide the latest in diabetes education and support.

We focus on teaching our patients self-management skills including:

  • Medication management
  • Insulin administration
  • Self-blood glucose monitoring
  • Meal planning/weight management
  • Exercise planning
  • Pregnancy and diabetes management
  • Insulin pump education and training
  • Sensor training
  • 72-hour continuous glucose monitoring

Signs of Diabetes

The signs and symptoms of diabetes are similar for the three main types of diabetes. The difference is in how the symptoms begin and at what stage of life the diabetes mellitus (DM) symptoms develop.

  • Type 1 diabetes tends to develop quickly. The onset tends to be at a younger age, even presenting in childhood.
  • Type 2 diabetes tends to develop slowly and can develop over a long period. Because of this gradual onset, early symptoms of type 2 diabetes are often missed. In fact, one third of people with this type of diabetes are not even aware they have the disease. Ninety to 95 percent of all diabetes cases are from type 2 diabetes.
  • Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and though the signs of gestational diabetes are similar to the other types of diabetes, they will only occur in pregnant women and typically during the third trimester.

The signs and symptoms of diabetes can be easily overlooked because they are often subtle or develop over time. It is important to visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis if any of these symptoms are noted:

  • Frequent urination. If you find that you are racing to the bathroom more often or need to get up in the middle of the night to go.
  • Increased thirst or feeling as if you cannot quench your thirst, regardless of how much you drink.
  • Weakness or fatigue that seems to last most of the day. Because your body is not using glucose properly, your cells are starved of energy, and you are left feeling run down.
  • Weight loss without dieting. If your weight drops without a reasonable explanation, see your doctor.
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet. This condition, known as neuropathy, occurs over time as high glucose levels begin to damage the nervous system.
  • Delayed healing of bruises or cuts or frequent infections should be brought to the attention of your doctor.
  • Changes in vision, especially blurred vision, can be an indication of diabetes.
  • Dry and itchy skin should also be noted.

The signs and symptoms of diabetes arise because the body is not able to properly deliver glucose to the cells of the body, keeping glucose levels elevated in your blood. Your doctor will be able to confirm if your blood glucose levels are too high and if you are at risk of or have diabetes. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the easier the disease is to treat, so do not delay if these symptoms are present.

Diabetes Classes and Events

While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be controlled with proper management skills. Ingalls offers a three-session class to help you learn to manage your diabetes so you can lead an active and productive life. This program is designed to help newly-diagnosed diabetics, as well as individuals who are having difficulty controlling their diabetes. During class, you will receive basic dietary information, along with instructions on how to use a meal plan. We will also tell you about insulin and oral medication treatment options, glucose testing and how to prevent or delay long-term complications.

Price: Medicare insurance is billed.

Tuesday mornings, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. (3 classes per session).

Physician referral & appointment required. 

Please call 708-915-8850 for class dates and to register.

Contact Information

UChicago Medicine at Ingalls in Flossmoor
Diabetes Management Center
19550 Governors Highway
Flossmoor, IL. 60422

Ingalls Diabetes Monthly Forum provides education and support for people with diabetes. Guest speakers will provide education on all aspects of diabetes care and topics will include healthy eating, physical activity, medication management and behavior modification. Family members and caregivers are also encouraged to attend sessions.

Upcoming Sessions

  • Monday, August 26, 2019: "Inspiring Patient Stories from Persons with Diabetes" (Speaker: Members from the Support Group)
  • Monday, September 30, 2019: "Medical Nutrition Therapy to Control Diabetes" (Speaker: Ingalls Dietetic Intern & Mary Condon, RD, LDN)
  • Monday, October 28, 2019: "Copy Strategies for Persons with Diabetes" (Speaker: Felicia Houston, Ingalls Behavior Health Services)

Location

UChicago Medicine at Ingalls in Flossmoor
Diabetes Management Center
19550 Governors Highway
Flossmoor, IL. 60422

Additional Information

This is a free program, but pre-registration for each session is required. The group meets the last Monday of each month* from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pre-register by calling 708-915-8850, or emailing mcondon@ingalls.org.

*No meetings in the months of November or December

While it is serious disease, making life adjustments to manage diabetes can be simplified with adequate information. Studies show that by managing blood sugar levels through diet, exercise and medication, you can lower your risk of diabetes related problems.

If you have diabetes, let us help you lead a healthy life. Through our program, you’ll learn to:

  • Plan enjoyable meals and snacks
  • Monitor blood sugar
  • Administer insulin using the latest techniques
  • Manage your medication
  • Sensibly add activity to your routine
  • Manage stress
  • Counsel women with diabetes before they conceive
  • Help pregnant women manage gestational diabetes

Diabetes management classes are held at UChicago Medicine at Ingalls in Flossmoor and UChicago Medicine at Ingalls in Tinley Park.

For more information, call 708-915-7533.

Ingalls Outpatient Diabetes Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and holds individualized and group classes. Medicare covers group classes and many private insurances cover individual consultation. Individual assessments & self-management skills are taught. Diabetes is on the rise. Let us help you manage your diabetes. 

Day and evening appointments available.

Physician referral is required.

Please call 708-915-8850 to schedule an appointment.

Price: Insurance is billed

Contact Information

UChicago Medicine at Ingalls in Flossmoor
Diabetes Management Center
19550 Governors Highway
Flossmoor, IL. 60422

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