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Nationally Ranked in Endocrinology

UT Southwestern Medical Center is ranked in the nation’s top 25 best hospitals for diabetes and endocrinology care according to U.S. News & World Report for 2018-19.

Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high blood glucose levels. Uncontrolled diabetes may result in blindness, kidney damage, heart disease, stroke, and amputations. 

Hidden Danger

More than 6 million people in the United States have undiagnosed diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health.

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients receive expert and compassionate care in one of the nation's leading health care facilities. Our specialists work to help patients effectively control their diabetes and reduce or eliminate potential complications.

Also, through the Diabetes Management Program, UT Southwestern offers a wide variety of educational programs (in English and Spanish) for people with diabetes. A physician's referral is needed to participate in the program.

Multidisciplinary Care

We offer patients and their families comprehensive diabetes education, including programs that address diabetes during pregnancy, insulin initiation, insulin pump training, and information about kidney functions. From initial consultation through long-term follow-up care, our patients receive comprehensive treatment and education for effective diabetes management.

Diabetes and Pregnancy

Most women are aware that they need to take extra care of their health during pregnancy. Women who have diabetes need to be especially careful. High blood sugar can cause health problems for both mother and baby.

UT Southwestern doctors say babies exposed to high blood sugar are at higher risk for birth defects, premature delivery, or large size that may make delivery difficult. Mothers may face the usual risks associated with diabetes, as well as higher blood pressure that could lead to seizure and stroke.

Pregnant women who have diabetes need to monitor their blood sugar levels, take medication as directed, eat a healthy diet, and exercise.

Diabetes and Bariatric Surgery

Though the most effective treatment for insulin-resistant diabetes is weight loss, losing weight can be very difficult for extremely overweight patients.

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center say nonsurgical weight-loss methods, such as dieting, aren’t successful for long-term weight loss in morbidly obese patients. Bariatric surgery, in which the size of the stomach is reduced, can help these patients lose weight.

There are many kinds of bariatric surgery, and the surgery isn’t a magical weight-loss cure-all. Patients who’ve had the surgery need nutritional counseling and lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, to lose weight and keep it off. This surgery is a major life decision, and you need to discuss your options with your doctors.

Diabetes and Eye Disease

Blindness is a possible complication of diabetes. One common cause of blindness in diabetics is diabetic retinopathy. This condition is caused by damage to blood vessels in the eyes. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center say a regular eye exam is as important for managing diabetes as monitoring blood sugar and watching your diet.

Not only can doctors diagnose diabetic retinopathy through an eye exam, they also gain other clues about a patient's health. Eyes are like windows to your whole body and looking at the blood vessels in your eyes can give doctors an idea of damage that might have been caused by diabetes in the rest of your body.

Diabetic retinopathy causes no symptoms in its early stages. An eye exam allows doctors to see any lesions caused by diabetes. If they detect these lesions early enough, doctors may be able to get better results with treatment and stop the damage before it becomes irreversible.

If you’re diabetic, you should have regular eye exams. If you wait until you notice problems, it may be too late to save your sight.

Our Research

Our researchers continually strive to advance the science of diabetes treatment and work in unison with our clinicians to bring these medical benefits to patients.

A study conducted by UT Southwestern researchers, for example, revealed the safety and impressive effectiveness of a “triple therapy” using insulin, metformin, and a drug in the thiazolidinedione family. Not only did the combination of treatment provide outstanding control of blood sugar levels, but it did so in the absence of weight gain, a common side effect of drug therapies for type 2 diabetes. Effectively controlling blood sugar dramatically reduces the risk of developing complications that can lead to amputations, eye disease, and kidney disease.

Additionally, UT Southwestern researchers recently identified a gene variant that may serve as an important genetic marker in identifying people at risk for type 2 diabetes. The findings could enable more effective diabetes screening techniques and allow individuals to make important lifestyle changes that could help prevent the onset of diabetes.

UT Southwestern's Touchstone Diabetes Center is devoted to the study of the cells and tissues that are either contributing to or are affected by diabetes and its related diseases. Research focuses on both basic and clinical aspects of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and questions related to the impact of diabetes and obesity on cardiovascular disease outcome and cancer incidence.

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