Widely recognized for excellence in patient care, the UC Diabetes & Metabolic Disease Institute provides expert diagnosis and management for patients with diseases of the thyroid, pituitary, adrenal and reproductive glands, as well as diabetes and neuroendocrine tumors. Recognized by Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors in Cincinnati, our physicians are known for excellence in clinical care, and have an international reputation as leaders in research of obesity, diabetes and metabolic-related disorders. The Institute offers some of the most advanced, specialized care in the region, caring for patients with complex endocrinology disorders, diabetes and thyroid cancer.
Complete Range of Endocrinology Services
Education and proper self-management are essential to improving the quality of life for patients with diabetes or other endocrinology disorders. At the UC Diabetes & Metabolic Disease Institute, we are committed to providing our patients and their loved ones with the most in-depth, updated information and educational resources available. Our physicians see patients at UC Health’s two main campuses, located in Clifton and West Chester.
We treat patients with the following conditions:
- Type 1 Diabetes (also known as Juvenile Diabetes)
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Gestational Diabetes
- Adrenal Disorders
- Thyroid Disorders
- Parathyroid Disorders
- Metabolic Bone Disease
- Pituitary Gland Disorders
- Menstrual Function and Fertility Disorders
- Lipid/Cholesterol Disorders
Specialty Clinic Focuses on Importance of Bone Health
Our expert endocrinologists are leaders in the field of osteoporosis and bone health and members of the exceptional team of physicians that make up the UC Diabetes & Metabolic Disease Institute. Our physicians utilize state-of-the-art technology and equipment to treat patients with osteoporosis or bone density issues.
Diabetes Education Tailored to Fit Patient Needs
Diabetes is a difficult disease to manage and without proper education, patients can feel overwhelmed and scared. To help patients successfully manage their disease and live a healthy lifestyle, UC Diabetes & Metabolic Disease Institute offers group and individual education classes. These classes are completely tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient and review several important topics relating to diabetes management, including:
- Carbohydrate counting
- Insulin management – when ill and when healthy
- Importance of exercise
- General diet management
- Blood glucose monitoring and targets
- Problem solving for high and low blood sugar
- Preventative care
- Signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Guidelines for dining out
Sessions can last between 30 minutes and one hour, depending on the needs of the patient. Number of sessions also varies depending on each patient, with the average number being 2-3 sessions per patient. Education sessions are conveniently offered at both UC Health campuses in Clifton and West Chester at our UC Health Physicians Offices.
Groundbreaking Research for Better Patient Outcomes
The Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center—a partnership between UC, UC Health and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center—comprises researchers, clinicians and educators working with community partners to discover, develop and deliver ideas to save and improve lives impacted by diabetes and obesity. Many UC Health physicians are part of this team and lead or participate in clinical trials aimed at bringing new treatments to patients. Together, with University of Cincinnati diabetes and obesity researchers at the Metabolic Diseases Institute on UC’s Reading Campus, this comprehensive team is supported by more than $15 million in active research funding.
- UC Health endocrinologist and UC faculty member Robert Cohen, MD, is leading the local portion of a 37-site National Institutes of Health-funded study comparing the efficacy of four different diabetes medications in combination with a commonly prescribed first-line treatment.
- UC Metabolic Disease Institute researchers recently published a study on the important role that the hormone glucagon-like-peptide 1 (GLP-1) could play in improving results of adjustable gastric banding procedures.
- UC Health endocrinologist and UC faculty member Marzieh Salehi, MD, has also studied GLP-1 and published research on its ability to reduce diabetes symptoms post gastric bypass surgery.
- Randy Seeley, PhD, director of the Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center, was awarded the American Diabetes Association’s Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award in 2009.
Diabetes Management Program Goes Hospital-Wide
DiabetesNow! was established at UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 2006 by a team of physicians, nurses and pharmacists to address a growing need for resources and education surrounding the care of diabetes and endocrinology inpatients. It offers intensive practitioner education and a protocol on insulin use, and establishes diabetes resource specialists for every unit in the hospital. This original program is just one example of the groundbreaking work that is being done by the UC Diabetes & Metabolic Disease Institute to improve patient care and treatment.