Combating diabetic complications: A comprehensive approach

Elevated blood sugar levels are toxic to every organ and cell in the body, and can ultimately lead to severe complications in the kidneys, nerves, eyes and heart. These progressive complications make diabetes one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., significantly compromise the quality of life of patients and families, and exact a huge economic toll on both individuals and our healthcare system.

In both the clinic and the research lab, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center has built a global reputation as a leader in addressing nephropathy, neuropathy, retinopathy, and cardiovascular complications. Although both the symptoms triggered by these conditions and their long-term consequences vary greatly, when it comes to detecting their presence and minimizing their impact, we pursue four critical strategies for all:

  • Early detection – At U-M, clinic visits focus on detecting the onset of complications and addressing them before symptoms become troublesome. Patients benefit from research findings published by our world-renowned specialists in diabetes complications, which are then put into clinical practice here.
  • Aggressive treatment – Studies show that the best approach to mitigating diabetic complications involves optimizing glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels; closely monitoring medications; and encouraging proven lifestyle changes. These are the cornerstones of clinical care at the U-M Comprehensive Diabetes Center.
  • Multidisciplinary care – As part of one of the nation’s most comprehensive health systems, we are fortunate to be able to connect our patients with our expert colleagues in nephrology, neurology, cardiovascular medicine, ophthalmology, podiatry, transplant and more, while continuing to actively manage their diabetes. We are equally committed to collaborating with patients’ home physicians to ensure continuity of care.
  • Relentless research – Basic, clinical, and translational research informs everything we do at U-M. As the leading institution in the U.S. in the study of diabetes complications, we are able to offer patients opportunities to participate in numerous cutting-edge clinical trials, many of which originate here, and most of which are offered at only a select list of top centers.

To connect with a U-M expert in diabetic complications, call M-LINE at 800-962-3555.