Diabetes is a condition caused by a buildup of excess glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. The result can be damaging to organs throughout the body. UC Davis Health is among the nation’s leading medical center’s for the diagnosis and care of diabetes. While diabetes can be serious, it is treatable. We help people like you live fully productive, enjoyable lives by bringing diabetes under control and managing it well.
About 37 million Americans — 1 in every 10 — have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And as many as 96 million more adults have prediabetes. That means they’re on a path to developing diabetes — and 8 in 10 of them don’t know it. Learn more about what diabetes is, how to avoid it if possible, and how we can help you if you already have it.
Patients benefit from our close working relationship with other clinical departments, enabling a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat patients effectively. And because many of our clinicians also conduct research and oversee clinical trials, our patients benefit from the latest medical discoveries.
People with diabetes have too much glucose in their blood, either because their body’s cells don’t react properly to insulin, or because their pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. No cure exists for diabetes, but we can help you keep it under control. Learn why diabetes treatment matters.