Diabetes & Obesity Center

Overview

Do you know your risk for diabetes? Take our quick assessment.

At the UofL Physicians – Diabetes and Obesity Center, our goal is to:

  • Elevate the health status of our community by raising awareness of the risks for diabetes and heart disease;
  • Facilitate prevention and management programs;
  • Be a resource to our patients and community health care providers; and 
  • Support researchers in their efforts to fight the growing epidemic of diabetes and obesity.

The UofL Physicians Diabetes and Obesity Center has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education* and Support.

The Diabetes and Obesity Center at UofL Physicians offers education and support regardless if you are newly-diagnosed with diabetes, or if you’ve had diabetes for many years. Our diabetes educators can assess your needs, and help you enroll in an education class right for you. 

Learn more about:

  • Diabetes Prevention
  • Diabetes Self-Management 
  • Pregnancy Planning
  • Diabetes Medications
  • Diabetes and Technology
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Weight Management
  • Monitored Activity Options

Diseases & Conditions

The UofL Physicians – Diabetes and Obesity Center focuses on patients with pre-diabetes, diabetes, and obesity, as well as other related problems that come with such diagnoses. We also focus on conditions for which patients are at a higher risk of developing diabetes and obesity.

Pre-Diabetes

Pre-diabetes is a medical diagnosis. You may be at risk if you:

  • Are over age 45
  • Have a parent or sibling with diabetes
  • Have high cholesterol or triglycerides, or high blood pressure
  • Women who were diagnosed with gestational diabetes
  • Are overweight

Take this easy test to see if you may have pre-diabetes.

Diabetes is preventable! Take charge of your health and let us help you with:

  • Weight management
  • Diabetes prevention programs
  • Cardiovascular risk assessment and reduction
  • Physical activity goals

Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes is a condition in which your blood glucose (blood sugar) is high during pregnancy. If uncontrolled, it can affect how well you feel during your pregnancy and your baby’s health. In our program, expectant mothers with gestational diabetes will learn what the blood glucose targets are, how and when to check  blood glucose levels, and what to eat and how to move to help the blood glucose stay in the target range. (Also, see Pregnancy Planning for Patients with Diabetes under Treatment and Services)

Endocrine and Hormonal Disorders

UofL Physicians – Endocrinology provides sophisticated, cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic care for patients with a broad range of hormonal disorders in the Louisville, Southern Indiana and greater Kentucky areas. Our endocrinologists see patients from all over the United States with complicated endocrine disorders

  • Endocrine diseases – pituitary gland, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal gland, testes and ovaries
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Dyslipidemia (high cholesterol)
  • Disorders of calcium metabolism such as osteoporosis

Other Diseases with Risk for Diabetes

  • Obesity
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a disease passed down through families that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. Many patients with cystic fibrosis have diabetes.  The Diabetes and Obesity Center works with the Cystic Fibrosis Program at the University of Louisville as part of a fully accredited, multi-disciplinary program focused on improving clinical outcomes in all patients with cystic fibrosis through patient and family centered care in collaboration with The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Chronic Pancreatitis and Islet Cell Transplant
  • For patients with chronic pancreatitis, every day can be a struggle. The condition, an inflammation of the pancreas, impairs a patient’s ability to digest food and may result in constant, unremitting pain. In the past, patients with this debilitating disease had few options. But for some, there is a groundbreaking new alternative treatment available: islet cell auto-transplantation. The procedure can drastically reduce the pain and suffering experienced by those with chronic pancreatitis.

Treatments & Services

Weight Management

Our registered dietitian can meet with you one-on-one to plan nutrition goals that match which meal planning approach is best for you to lose weight and provide resources to accomplish your weight management goals.

Cardiovascular Risk Assessment and Reduction

Do you have any of the following: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history of heart disease, diabetes, tobacco use, obesity, or physical inactivity? If you want to decrease your risk of developing heart disease, then let the experts at the Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Clinic give you the keys to a healthy heart.

Our Cardiovascular Medicine practice offers a Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Clinic to aid in the prevention of heart disease. All of our providers have expertise in preventive cardiology by managing hypertension, complex cholesterol problems, and complicated coronary artery disease.  We also offer an intense tobacco cessation program by a Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

As part of the UofL Physicians Diabetes and Obesity program, we collaborate with physicians from all specialties to develop a comprehensive medical care plan for you.  Our professional staff includes registered dieticians, exercise physiologists, and research nurses, who can help you reach your healthy living goals.

Post-Transplant Diabetes Management

For anyone who receives any type of organ transplant, they are at a higher risk of developing diabetes and require monitoring for diabetes.

The team at the UofL Physicians Diabetes and Obesity Center is available to assist with diabetes monitoring and education following a transplant.

Pregnancy Planning for Patients with Diabetes

Deciding to have a baby is an exciting time with much to consider!  If you have diabetes, planning a pregnancy is important for the health of the baby as well as yours.  Learn what to do before, during and after pregnancy to keep your blood glucose (also known as blood sugar) in target range by eating healthy, being active, controlling stress, and taking the right medication. 

Providers

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Elizabeth A. Ackerman, RD

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology | Diabetes & Obesity Center

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Endocrinology
UofL Health - Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Suite 310B
Louisville, KY 40202
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Sri Prakash L. Mokshagundam, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology | Diabetes & Obesity Center

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Endocrinology
UofL Health - Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Suite 310B
Louisville, KY 40202
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Sathya S. Krishnasamy, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology | Diabetes & Obesity Center

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Endocrinology
UofL Health - Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Suite 310B
Louisville, KY 40202
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Betty C. Villafuerte, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology | Diabetes & Obesity Center

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Endocrinology
UofL Health - Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Suite 310B
Louisville, KY 40202

Accepted Insurance

UofL Physicians participates in most major health plans in Kentucky. Coverage may vary by specialty. Coverage limitations are dependent on the terms of your personal health plan. This is not a guarantee that all services you receive will be covered by your health plan. Review your health plan provider directory and/or consult with your plan to confirm coverage.

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