Diabetes Education

Diabetes Services

After you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you will almost always be cared for by your primary care doctor. However, more specialized care may be needed, and your doctor may refer you to a specialist called an endocrinologist . North Memorial has several endocrinologists on staff with advanced training in treating diabetes and the complications that may develop. We also have a wide range of other specialists, such as eye doctors and foot doctors, if necessary.

Our program meets National Standards of Diabetes Self-Management and is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

The wonderful doctors caring for you at North Memorial will be just one part of your care team. They are joined by many other health care professionals, some of them certified diabetes educators. They are vital to your continued good health, because they help you develop individual life-style plans to manage your diabetes. This type of personal attention is what makes North Memorial a truly unique place to receive diabetes care.

Our care philosophy
With more than 30 years of experience caring for people with diabetes, North Memorial is a leader in this field in the Twin Cities. Our health care providers are among the most highly trained in the area, and are skilled in diagnosing and treating diabetes. We believe that the best care is only possible if you actively partner with us in understanding and addressing your unique needs. As an example, you play a major role in diagnosing your diabetes. The symptoms are often barely noticeable, so it is important that you tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • excessive hunger
  • excessive thirst
  • frequent urination
  • weight loss
  • blurry vision
  • frequent headaches
  • slow healing of wounds
  • extreme fatigue
  • erectile dysfunction
  • numbness and tingling in the hands or feet
  • skin infections, such as foot fungus or boils on the back of the neck

If you share these symptoms with your primary care doctor, who is most likely to make the diagnosis of diabetes, you will catch the illness early in its development. This will help you take action quickly and minimize the negative side effects of the disease. You should be particularly aware of the above symptoms if you are overweight, exercise rarely, have a close relative with diabetes, or are of African-American, Native-American, Hispanic or Asian descent. These are known risk factors for developing diabetes.