If you think you might have diabetes or have been diagnosed with the condition, you need an expert team to support you as you learn to live with this disease.
At UC San Diego Health, we take a multidisciplinary approach to provide the newest proven therapies, technologies and therapeutic lifestyle changes that can help you manage your diabetes.
We also offer shared medical appointments that let patients get more quality time with our diabetes experts. Call 858-657-1636 for an appointment.
Our team takes a multidisciplinary approach to treat all forms of diabetes, including:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Maturity onset diabetes of the young
- Latent autoimmune diabetes of adults
- Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes
- Drug and surgically induced diabetes in adults
We also offer a program to help patients
transition from pediatric to adult care.
No matter which type of diabetes you have or when you were diagnosed, we work with you to help you live well with diabetes and to manage its complications.
You may also have access to clinical trials to evaluate new tools for diabetes management.
When to See an Endocrinologist for Diabetes
An endocrinologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hormone-related diseases such as diabetes. Your primary care doctor can treat diabetes but might refer you to an endocrinologist to help you manage it, especially if your treatment isn't working well or you have diabetes-related complications.
Those with type 1 diabetes especially can benefit from the expertise of an endocrinologist.
Meet Our Specialists
Type 1 Diabetes Treatment
At UC San Diego Health, we recognize the work that adults with type 1 diabetes and their families do every day to live with this disease. Our goal is to equip you with:
- Evidence-based therapies to live well with type 1 diabetes
- The best tools to manage blood glucose, including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors
- Education on diabetes management tools and therapies
- Accurate, up-to-date information on diabetes and its complications
- Responsive and reliable advice for managing the highs and lows of life with type 1 diabetes
What's it's Like to Have Diabetes: A Doctor's Perspective
Jeremy Pettus, MD, an endocrinologist at UC San Diego Health, shares his experience of having diabetes since age 15 and how it affects his approach with patients.
Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
Living well with type 2 diabetes requires:
Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease. While you may not need to take oral medication or insulin at first, over time it may become a necessary part of your diabetes management plan.
Maintaining low cholesterol and low blood pressure is essential to controlling diabetes. Many people with diabetes are unaware that diabetes raises their risk for deadly heart disease and stroke.
Research and Clinical Trials
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 science and clinical research in diabetes.
See a list of our clinical trials.