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.
Diet & Exercise
Complications from Type 2 diabetes can be greatly improved by lifestyle changes beginning with eating a healthy diet, being physically active and losing extra weight. If these lifestyle changes alone cannot control blood sugar, patients may also need medication or insulin replacement therapy.
Blood Sugar Monitoring & Insulin Replacement Therapy
Regular blood sugar monitoring is essential because even if a patient does not feel symptoms, their blood sugar may be at unhealthy levels, putting the patient at risk for complications. Physicians typically provide the patient with a glucometer — a device that uses blood to determine blood glucose levels. Patients often see their doctors for regular blood tests that show average blood glucose levels for the most recent two to three months.
Medication may be used to decrease insulin resistance, slow the digestion of food or increase insulin levels in the bloodstream and essentially decrease blood glucose levels after eating. Insulin therapy can be used to increase insulin circulating in the bloodstream.
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.