Diabetes is a chronic disease affecting more than nine percent of the U.S. population, or 29 million Americans. Another 80 million people have pre-diabetes, which puts them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.
Penn endocrinologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) and other related conditions.
Patients with diabetes receive their care at the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center - Penn Endocrinology Associates at locations throughout the Philadelphia area.
The Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center brings together a team of adult endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators, nutritionists and nurse practitioners to help you understand your condition, optimize treatment and provide you with the resources you need to manage your diabetes. We work closely with patients' primary care providers to treat and manage diabetes and related conditions.
Types of Diabetes Treated at Penn
The most effective diabetes care is a partnership between you and your diabetes health care team. We seek to empower you as the most important component of your care. Our team will help you achieve control of your diabetes and balance in your life.
We evaluate, diagnose and treat:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Latent Auto-immune Diabetes of Adulthood
- Monogenic Diabetes (previously termed MODY - mature onset diabetes of youth)
- Gestational diabetes (Diabetes related to pregnancy)
- Steroid-induced Diabetes
- Transplantation Diabetes
- Hypoglycemia and hypoglycemia unawareness
Our patient-centered approach to diabetes makes you an active member of your healthcare team. We provide a comprehensive evaluation, assessment, management plan and follow-up, all designed to help you live more easily with diabetes.
Diabetes is linked to heart and kidney disease, stroke and other serious health problems. Because we are part of a multidisciplinary team of experts, we help patients gain access to various services at Penn Medicine including cardiology, women's health, podiatry, bariatric surgery, neurology and nephrology, cancer and urology.
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Obesity and Diabetes
Research shows that many people develop type 2 diabetes due to obesity.
Obesity can have a variety of causes: It is linked to hypertension, insulin resistance, diabetes, lipid disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, arthritis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), some liver diseases and other serious health problems.
Approximately one-third of the American population is considered obese, which is defined as a BMI over 30 kg/m2. Another one-third of Americans are overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25-29.9 kg/m2, and is at risk for developing obesity in the future.
At the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center, our mission is to provide evidenced-based, multidisciplinary and comprehensive care to overweight and obese adults while fostering world-class research into the cause and treatment of excess weight. We treat and evaluate patients with:
- Weight gain
- Weight regain after surgical treatment of obesity
- Inability to maintain healthy weight
- Indications for weight loss to improve outcomes of other treatments (such as orthopaedic surgery, fertility treatment, sleep apnea management and many others)
Our clinical team consists of board-certified endocrinologists and obesity medicine physicians, a registered dietitian, a nurse and nurse practitioner. We work together to help you achieve weight loss and improve health through a compassionate and individualized approach that may include nutrition, physical activity, behavior modification, medication and/or surgery.
We also work closely with your primary care and other providers to treat and manage obesity-related conditions and adjust weight loss and other medications in a timely manner as you lose weight.
If you need to see a specialist for diabetes-related complications, we connect you with services for: