Accredited diabetes care in Salt Lake City, Utah
The Diabetes Center at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT is accredited by the American Diabetes Association and the Utah State Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.
For information about our Diabetes Center, please call (801) 268-7358.
Our diabetes doctors offer expert diabetes care and our counselors can help you better understand how to manage your diabetes. A physician’s referral is required for diabetes care, but patients may call us and have our office request it.
Types of diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone your body produces to help sugars move through the bloodstream and into the body's cells. If untreated, the sugar that builds up in your bloodstream can eventually damage your heart, eyes, kidneys and blood vessels.
There are four types of diabetes:
Pre-diabetes: With pre-diabetes, the body starts to have trouble producing enough insulin all the time.
Type 1 diabetes: With type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce any insulin because the beta cells of the pancreas have been destroyed. This can be diagnosed at any age. About five to 10 percent of people with diabetes have type 1.
Type 2 diabetes: With type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin or cannot properly use the insulin that it does produce, resulting in too much blood sugar. About 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes have type 2.
Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes is when the body is not able to make enough insulin to cover the increased levels required during pregnancy. About 17 percent of pregnancies result in gestational diabetes, which usually disappears after delivery.
- Blurred vision
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Excessive thirst
- Very dry skin
- Sores that are slow to heal
- More infections than usual
- Feeling very tired much of the time
- Unexplained weight loss
- Recurring skin, gum or bladder infections
Diabetes risk factors
The following factors may put you at risk for diabetes:
- Having a family history of diabetes
- Being of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander or Native American descent
- Being overweight
- Not getting physical activity on a regular basis
- Delivering a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth
Managing your diabetes
Taking control of diabetes has many benefits. You’ll feel better, have more energy and prevent the symptoms of high blood sugar. Managing your diabetes now also lowers your chances of developing complications, such as heart disease or stroke, later in life.
The following factors are a part of a healthy diabetes management system:
- Testing your blood sugar. Monitoring your blood sugar regularly (as directed by your doctor or educator) can help you determine if your current treatments are working properly, learn what affects your blood sugar most and help you prevent any severe high or low blood sugars.
- Taking medication. You may need pills or injections or both to keep your blood sugars under control. Make sure you are careful to take them consistently as directed.
- Eating smart. Eating a balanced diet is healthy for anyone, but especially important for people with diabetes. Controlling your portions will also help keep blood sugars in target ranges.
- Exercising regularly. Activity can help keep blood sugars down, help lose or maintain weight and help boost your health in other ways.
- Keeping your appointments. Your doctor will want you to visit every three to six months to make sure you are staying healthy and avoiding complications. Scheduling visits with a diabetes educator can give you more detailed, valuable education and ideas. You may also wish to see an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) for more specialized treatment.
Expert diabetes services in Salt Lake City, Utah
Our diabetes doctors and counselors at St. Mark’s Hospital offer unparalleled diabetes care in the Greater Salt Lake City area.
We offer outpatient diabetes education for patients with any type of diabetes or diabetes-related issues.
We offer comprehensive 3-hour classes that are held once a month for patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Please call (801) 268-7358 for the next available date.
Individual counseling is a meeting between you and an educator to assess your current practices and education needs. We will help you come up with an individualized plan to improve your health and diabetes control. You can expect to discuss any of the following topics that are pertinent to your situation:
- Understanding diabetes and medical terms
- Causes and treatments of diabetes
- A1C and blood glucose levels
- Proper nutrition and meal planning
- Weight management
- Treat a blood sugar that is too high or too low
- Insurance coverage and cost savings on diabetes supplies
- Preventing or treating complications
- Sick-day guidelines
- Behavioral management
- Traveling with diabetes
- How to properly give insulin
- Medical device trial periods
- Adjusting medication doses and timing for optimal glycemic control
(We do not write prescriptions for medications or supplies.)
We also provide inpatient diabetes education as requested by hospital staff. We will also support patients in using their own insulin pumps and CGM systems during a hospital stay, if appropriate. These can be done anytime during normal business hours.
St. Mark’s Diabetes Center accepts referrals from any physician for comprehensive, personal diabetes self-management training for patients and their families.
We try to make the referral process simple for you and your office. To refer a patient:
- Download our referral form or call (801) 268-7358 and select option 2 to request a faxed version.
- Complete the form with the patient's name, phone number, diagnosis and labs.
- Fax to our schedulers at (801) 268-7902.
- Our schedulers will contact the patient and arrange the appointment.
The diabetes educator will send the referring physician a summary letter of the education given, along with any other information or recommendations they deem necessary.
We can only accept patients with a diabetes diagnosis at this time.
Educators are also available to answer simple questions via phone or email.
Please use the hospital's Outpatient Dietitian Services (801-268-7479) for non-diabetic patients that need other dietary or weight loss counseling.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes Risk Factors
How Do I Know If I Have Diabetes?
Treating Kidney Disease and Damage
To schedule an appointment, or to request we contact your healthcare provider for a diabetes referral, please call (801) 268-7358.
You may also email us
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed on major holidays