The USF Diabetes and Endocrinology Center is on the forefront of diabetes treatment, prevention and management. By combining innovative technology, research and academics, we are able to help you manage your condition and live your best life.
We understand the challenges associated with living with diabetes. Our comprehensive care program promotes wellness and can help you learn to control blood sugars, prevent and treat complications and more successfully manage your condition.
Our team of dedicated health care professionals includes pediatric and adult endocrinologists (diabetes specialists), nurse practitioners, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitian nutritionists, a clinical psychologist, and a clinical social worker. Our multidisciplinary approach includes the following services:
Diabetes can take one many different forms, and the onset can occur at many different stages in life. The varieties of diabetes include:
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition causing your body to not make insulin. The immune system mistakenly attacks the cells in the pancreas that make and release insulin preventing the body from functioning properly. People with this form of diabetes require insulin administration either with injections or through an insulin pump.
With type 2 diabetes, high levels of sugar build up in the blood. Usually, with this form of diabetes, the body still makes insulin, it just doesn’t make enough or doesn’t properly use the insulin it makes. People with this form of diabetes can use a variety of therapies, typically beginning with lifestyle modification and then moving to oral medication and eventually to insulin.
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy for about 4% of women or about 135,000 pregnant women each year. This form of diabetes is most closely tied to insulin resistance. The pregnant woman is still making insulin, but the hormones from the placenta make the mother’s insulin less effective. Women who get gestational diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
MODY(Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young) is a genetic form of diabetes that acts like a milder version of type 1 diabetes. It is due to a genetic abnormality in the way the pancreas secretes insulin.
LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults or Type 1.5) is a form of type 1 diabetes that is diagnosed in older adults. LADA is frequently confused with type 2 diabetes.
This term has been used to describe a person who has elements of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This happens when a person with type 1 diabetes becomes overweight and develops insulin resistance or when the immune system in a person with type 2 diabetes begins to attack the insulin producing cells of the pancreas, causing a decrease in the ability to produce insulin.