The Jefferson Diabetes Center in Philadelphia consists of a clinical diabetes program catering to patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes (outpatient and inpatient), a research center performing state-of-the-art clinical trials and a weight management center. Our Center provides guidance and management of prediabetes, diabetes and its complications.
The Jefferson Diabetes Center offers multidisciplinary care coordinated closely with your referring physician and provides the latest in treatment and technology for patients with diabetes.
The Center is supervised by specialists within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases who consult with ophthalmologists, nephrologists, podiatrists, neurologists, cardiologists, vascular surgeons and obstetrician/gynecologists as needed. You will receive instruction in diabetic self-care and diet management from certified diabetes nurse educators and registered nutritionists with a special expertise in diabetes.
Essential Services for Managing Your Diabetes
The comprehensive treatment offered to patients with diabetes includes convenient access to essential services including:
- Clinical care from diabetes specialists (board-certified endocrinologists and diabetologists) and nurse practitioners
- Diabetes education
- Nutrition counseling
- Referral to appropriate specialists for prevention and treatment of diabetic complications
- Laboratory services including blood tests
Patients have access to leading-edge treatment for even the most complicated cases. With a comprehensive, one-stop location for diabetes care, patients are better able to manage their symptoms from diabetes and possibly avoid potential complications from uncontrolled blood glucose levels.
Patient Education and Weight Management Program
Our diabetes education classes are unique in the area. We offer various types of education targeting patients with Type 2 diabetes (basic and advanced classes), Type 1 diabetes (intensive insulin management) and patients with metabolic syndrome/borderline diabetes/obesity. For patients with Type 1 diabetes (and some patients with Type 2 diabetes), we provide an excellent course on insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors, using the latest technology.
In addition, patients interested in significant weight loss can join our Comprehensive Weight Management Program, which consists of a medically supervised liquid fast paired with lifestyle education and ongoing personalized support.
Leading-Edge Diabetes Research
Patients interested in participating in volunteer research can enroll in one of our many clinical trials. We have a very active Diabetes Research Center with extensive experience in both federally funded and pharmaceutical industry–sponsored clinical trials. Most of our trials are related to diabetes and obesity. Volunteers contribute to the advancement and future of health care.
The treatment of acute and chronic illnesses improves every year because of advancing science and research. Advances in medical treatments are made possible through clinical studies. A clinical study (clinical trial) is the scientific evaluation of an experimental drug or device. By taking part in these studies, volunteers may gain access to the latest in medical care that is only available through this process.