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Diabetes Care


A new diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming, but with guidance from your medical team, lifestyle changes can make disease management much easier. Tricia Santos Cavaiola, MD, discusses what she tells her patients and what you can do to take a more active role in your medical care. (Length: 3:45 minutes).

Why Choose UC San Diego Health?

  1. We utilize the newest proven therapies, technologies and therapeutic lifestyle changes to manage diabetes.
  2. You may have access to clinical trials evaluating leading-edge tools in diabetes management.
  3. Our team is nationally ranked by the Society of Hospital Medicine in the top 25 percent for inpatient care of blood sugar management.
  4. We collaborate as one of only 16 U.S. research centers established by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to accelerate basic and clinical research in diabetes.

Types of Diabetes

There are three main types of diabetes:

  1. Type 1 diabetes
  2. Type 2 diabetes
  3. Gestational diabetes

Our diabetes experts treat all forms of diabetes, including maturity onset diabetes of the young, latent autoimmune diabetes of adults, and drug and surgically induced diabetes in adults.

No matter which type of diabetes you have or when you were diagnosed, at UC San Diego Health we work with you to help you live well with diabetes.

​Diabetes Complications

High blood sugar levels over time can lead to several health problems such as diabetic kidney disease and retinopathy. Learn more.

Diabetes Education & Resources

Watch informational videos on blood sugar management, injecting insulin, counting carbohydrates and more. Discover the diabetes patient community and the nonprofit health organizations in our community.

Learn about the new Institute for Diabetes and Metabolic Health at UC San Diego.

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial to test the safety of stem cell-derived therapy for type 1 diabetes is underway. Learn more.


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