Diabetes mellitus, often simply referred to as diabetes, is a growing concern in the United States with estimates that one in three U.S. adults could have the disorder by 2050, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recent tallies show that nearly 26 million American have diabetes, and an estimated 79 million have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes is a disorder in which the body loses its ability to produce and use insulin. Glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine and passes out of the body, causing a series of diabetes-related symptoms and complications. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., according to CDC statistics, and it is the leading cause of blindness for ages 20-74 as well as kidney failure.
University of Mississippi Medical Center specialists, including a certified diabetes educator, work closely with patients to manage diet and medications, including insulin, to prevent blindness, dialysis, amputation or other complications. The multidisciplinary team represents many specialties, including endocrinology, general medicine, cardiology and clinical pharmacology and ophthalmology.
The medical care teams at University of Mississippi Medical Center play an active role fighting the spreading epidemic of diabetes. Crossing disciplinary lines, primary care physicians and specialists work with patients to diagnose and manage the disease.
Diabetes management clinics
Clinics at University Physicians Pavilion provide a disease management approach to help adults and children control their blood sugar and have fewer complications from the disease. Physicians, nurse practitioners and diabetes educators provide services geared to help patients avoid complications, eat appropriately, manage their blood sugar and understand their disease and medications.
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Intensive insulin therapy
- Clinical pharmacy
- Patient education