Diabetics with other chronic illnesses, such as hypertension, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, thyroid problems, or polycystic ovary syndrome, benefit from customized treatment plans that take into account how best to manage diabetes when other health problems are present.
Pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant can take advantage of our unique diabetes and pregnancy program in partnership with the University of Chicago High-Risk Obstetrics Program.
Teens with diabetes receive special care through our transitions program that helps them manage their diabetes as they grow into adulthood. Patients who require surgery can receive expert care through University of Chicago programs in transplantation (heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas), cardiac surgery, orthopaedic surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric (weight loss) surgery.
Blood Sugar Monitoring & Insulin Replacement Therapy
Regular blood sugar monitoring is essential for people with Type 1 diabetes. Even if a patient does not feel symptoms, blood sugar may be at unhealthy levels, putting the patient at risk for complications. Consistent monitoring is the only way to ensure that blood sugar level remains within the target range.
Insulin replacement therapy uses medication to simulate the function of a healthy pancreas. Insulin can be delivered to cells through regular injections or through a continuous insulin pump.
Our patients have access to the newest glucose sensor technology and monitoring devices. Patients receive one-on-one education on how to use these important devices. Our insulin pump program offers options to select specific technology that best fits each patient's needs.
Diet & Exercise
Exercise lowers the blood sugar level by moving sugar into cells to be processed for energy. Exercise also increases sensitivity to insulin, which means the body needs less insulin to transport sugar to cells.
Nutrition is one of the most important parts of managing the diabetes puzzle. It’s important for patients to learn how different foods affect blood glucose levels.