Diabetes & Endocrinology
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The team of physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians and certified diabetes educators at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital provide comprehensive diabetes and endocrinology care including medication management, education and treatment.
Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we are dedicated to conducting ongoing research to stay at the forefront of medicine. Our fellowship-trained endocrinologists use the latest research and advancements in treating conditions of the hormonal system. These diseases include diabetes, thyroid conditions and lipid disorders. In children, endocrinologists treat Type 1 diabetes, growth disorders and puberty disorders.
Our certified diabetes educators will partner with you, your family and your doctor to help you confidently manage your diabetes. Together, we will tailor a plan to help you learn skills for good control, including:
- Healthy food choices and meal planning
- Value of physical activity
- How and when to monitor your blood sugar
- Diabetes medicines and how they work
- Dealing with your feelings about having diabetes
- Preventing complications
Although managing diabetes is a team effort, you play the most important role in your care. The more you learn about diabetes and how it affects you, the easier it will be to make healthier decisions.
Gestational diabetes occurs when your blood glucose (sugar) level becomes too high during pregnancy. Glucose comes from the food you eat and is generated in your liver and muscles. Your pancreas makes a chemical hormone called insulin and releases it into the bloodstream to help change the glucose into energy. If your body does not make enough insulin, or if the insulin does not work the way it should, the glucose will not be converted for the cells and will stay in your blood instead. Sometimes pregnancy can affect this process. A blood glucose level that stays higher than normal is harmful to the health of you and your unborn child.
The experienced endocrinologist and diabetes specialists at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital offer education and treatment for gestational diabetes. Treatment will help ensure a healthy pregnancy and safe, full-term delivery.
Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Perinatal Center: 765.751.2650