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Diabetes

Managing diabetes can be a challenge. Whether you've been living with the disease for years or have recently been diagnosed, the right tools and information can make all the difference.

Diabetes care is available at several Truman Medical Centers/University Health locations. No matter where you receive care, you'll see a specialist focused on your needs in a center designed for testing, education and personalized care.

Our approach to diabetes care

At TMC/UH, we specialize in diabetes care. We also understand that each person is different. That's why we provide one-on-one support to help empower people to manage the disease. Our comprehensive approach helps people live with diabetes—not plan their lives around it.

We offer:

  • A patient resource center with computer access.
  • Tele-visits for online communication with your care physician.
  • A diabetes education classroom.
  • Large rooms for group or individual training.
  • A waiting room created for your comfort.
  • Spacious exam rooms with access to electronic health records.
  • We teach people about technology that can help them handle their diabetes. These tools include continuous glucose monitors and/or insulin pumps which might even link to your smartphone.

Diabetes classes

Education is the key to proactively managing diabetes. That's why we offer a variety of classes at the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. We have three certified diabetes educators and partner with registered dieticians for our classes. Our diabetes education program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetic Self-Management Training (DSMT) Accreditation Program is free to Medicare participants with diabetes to better manage and control their conditions. Maintaining good glycemic control can help reduce the risk of complications from diabetes such as blindness, lower extremity amputations and kidney disease.

We provide one-on-one instruction as well as group sessions. Classes cover many areas that can help people manage their diabetes. Topics include nutrition, lifestyle changes, monitoring blood glucose and understanding insulin. We schedule sessions based on patient needs.

Your diabetes care team

Our physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses are specially trained. We're focused on diabetes. And we're passionate about helping people with the disease.

Our doctors are board-certified in endocrinology and internal medicine. We are also a fully accredited endocrinology teaching facility. This means our physicians are trusted instructors. Along with treating patients, they also guide students and other doctors. The focus is on the most effective ways to manage diabetes.

In addition to the diabetes team, our patients benefit from the expertise of many other specialists. For example, we often team up with ophthalmology, podiatry and cardiology. And we work with a pharmacist who helps patients find the medications they need—and take advantage of any special pricing that may be available. These partnerships help us provide the best care.

Communication between healthcare provider and patient is especially important when managing a condition like diabetes. Our goal is always to understand our patients and their concerns. We offer translation services to help with this. And our physicians also speak several languages, including Spanish, Russian, Armenian, Arabic and Hindi.

Contact the diabetes center

New patients are always welcome. A referral from your physician is a good idea. But if you don't have a referral, call us at 816.404.4070. We are here to serve and can help connect you to care.

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