Couple discussing diabetes symptoms and management

From medication and testing your blood glucose, to eating right and exercising, living with diabetes can be overwhelming and affect nearly every aspect of your life and your health. With help from our team of experts, though, you'll spend less time worrying about diabetes and more time enjoying life. The endocrinologists at MedStar Diabetes Institute have vast experience managing diabetes, and our team includes national and international leaders in the field. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to your care, meaning we collaborate with all other specialists you may need.

Your MedStar Health diabetes care team may include the following specialists:

  • Endocrinologist
  • Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Podiatrist
  • Wound Specialist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Social Worker

Each of these experts evaluates your particular situation and works with you to meet your needs and overall health goals. We focus on educating our patients, so you'll learn about:

  • The causes, symptoms, and latest treatments for diabetes
  • Goals for blood sugar control and meal planning
  • Preventive and regular follow-up care
  • The latest information on medications
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose
  • How to manage complications
  • Proper exercise techniques
  • The latest information on insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors

Each step of your treatment gets reported back to your primary care physician, too. With a team of specialists like this behind you, you'll feel confident about the care you're getting.

Learn more about diabetes and diabetic conditions:

Diabetes Symptoms

Early diabetes symptoms may include:

Low blood sugar

  • Shaking
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Impaired vision
  • Anxiousness/dizziness
  • Weakness/fatigue
  • Headache
  • Irritability

High blood sugar

  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Frequent urination
  • Dry skin
  • Extreme thirst
  • Hunger

Risk Factors

Certain health problems put you at higher risk for diabetes and heart disease. Understanding and managing your risk factors can help you avoid diabetes.

Some risk factors for diabetes can be controlled. These include:

  • Excess body weight (especially around the waist)
  • HDL cholesterol under 35
  • High blood levels of triglycerides, a type of fat molecule (250 mg/dL or more)
  • High blood pressure
  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Low activity level
  • Poor diet
  • Smoking

Those risk factors that cannot be controlled include:

  • Age greater than 45 years
  • Diabetes during a previous pregnancy
  • Gender
  • Giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Family history
  • Race


If you already have diabetes, staying healthy and preventing heart disease starts with testing your blood sugar every day to make sure it is within your target range and, if instructed to do so, taking your medicine. Other recommendations include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Follow a diet low in fat, salt, and sugar and high in fiber.
  • Exercise on a regular basis. Aerobic activities are good for your heart and help your body work to lower your blood sugar.
  • Listen to your doctor about other health problems, such as high blood pressure.
  • Try to reduce stress in your life.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. No more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
  • Regularly test your blood glucose, especially if you are older than 45.

Call Us Today

For more information or to find a diabetes or endocrine specialist, call:



MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
33rd Street Building, Suite 501
200 East 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Office: 410-554-4511
Fax: 410-554-6490

MedStar Health Urgent Care and Medical Offices
Federal Hill
1420 Key Highway, Third Floor
Baltimore, MD 21230

MedStar Adult Medicine
2800 Kirk Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218

Lake Falls Village Center
6080 Falls Road, Suite 204
Baltimore, MD 21209

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