Diabetes

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Two women who may have diabetes are eating a healthy meal together.

Diabetes is a common condition in America. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, meaning their bodies either do not produce insulin or do not use it properly. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas that helps the cells in the body to absorb the glucose (sugar), which we use for energy.

"When a patient with diabetes comes to Yale Medicine, we work with them to develop optimal treatment options based on their lifestyle, their goals and their overall health,” says Ania Jastreboff, MD, PhD, an endocrinologist and director of the Yale Medicine Metabolic Health & Weight Loss Program.

“Rather than treating only the diseases of diabetes or obesity, we treat patients as whole people, helping them live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives,” Dr. Jastreboff says.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.