The Diabetes Center provides patients access to a multidisciplinary team, including endocrinologists, diabetes educators, a pharmacist and a nurse practitioner.
The goal of the Diabetes Center is to encourage patients to receive early specialty care and education — getting them on the right track with their diabetes management before returning them to their primary care physicians for ongoing management. The Diabetes Center offers both individual and group diabetes education classes year round for patients and their families.
Why choose us?
Cleveland Clinic is ranked as one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. When you take the first step at managing your diabetes with the help of specialists at the Diabetes Center you have the opportunity to connect with other world renowned specialists including cardiologists, ophthalmologists, nephrologists, podiatrists and dermatologists.
You will have access to the latest information, treatment options, and education for all types of diabetes. Our electronic medical record system also makes it possible for your own primary care doctor to sign up for online reports of your treatment progress at Cleveland Clinic through DrConnect.
What We Treat
The endocrinologists and clinical team at the Diabetes Center provide diabetes management treatment to patients with all types of diabetes mellitus, including:
The Diabetes Center offers comprehensive treatment options and services including:
- Comprehensive diabetes education classes.
- Early treatment and education for people with newly diagnosed diabetes
- Diagnostic continuous glucose monitoring evaluation.
- Insulin pump classes and initiation.
- Training for home continuous glucose monitoring.
- Type 1 Transition Clinic for young adults transitioning from pediatric to adult care.
- Intensive diabetes care for patients with Type 2 diabetes.
- Nutrition and weight management services.
Help for High-risk Patients with Diabetes
Patients with difficult-to-control diabetes or high-risk patients with diabetes, such as those who have recently experienced a heart attack or underwent bypass surgery, can receive intensive educational courses to help them better manage their disease. The goal of this training is to help patients stabilize their blood sugar levels within six months. Most patients are returned back to their primary care providers within 12 months.
Appointments & Locations
To make an appointment with one of our diabetes experts, please call 216.444.6568.
Cleveland Clinic's Diabetes Center is located at our main campus in the X Building - Centers for Geriatric and Diabetes Care. It is located in a free-standing building with its own attached parking lot to provide fast and convenient access for our patients in a relaxed office setting.
We also provide diabetes care at locations across Northeast Ohio, including:
You can now stay connected to your healthcare team through virtual visits, using your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Why go virtual? It's an easy, convenient and secure way to see your provider face-to-face without having to leave home. This saves you travel time, parking fees and time spent in the waiting room — and you can also have a loved one or caregiver join you. If appropriate, you can also get a prescription sent to the pharmacy of your choice.
Many insurance companies cover the cost of virtual visits, so check with your insurance company ahead of time. Interested in getting started? Call your provider to find out what virtual visit options are available.
On-Demand Virtual Visits* with Diabetes Educators
Diabetes education virtual visits allow you to save valuable time by meeting with a diabetes educator in a live visit from your mobile device or computer. Any diabetes education topic can be covered during one of these convenient visits. To schedule a virtual visit for diabetes education, contact the Diabetes Center at Cleveland Clinic's main campus at 216.444.3672.
* Please note: Virtual visits are currently only available to all Ohio residents or existing patients who live outside of Ohio.
Virtual second opinions
Need a second opinion? A virtual second opinion from Cleveland Clinic gives you a convenient, secure and timely way to get answers to your questions about a diagnosis or treatment plan.
- Diabetes: Survival Skills.
- Diabetes Basics Video.
- Monitoring Your Diabetes Video.
- Introduction to Insulin Pen Injections Video.
- Introduction to Insulin: Vial (bottle) & Syringe Injections Video.
- Defying Diabetes Presentation with Cecilia Lansang, MPD, MPH.
Diabetes meal planning
- Planning Healthy Meals.
- Diabetes Cooking Demonstration 2020.
- Culinary Medicine Demonstration 2021.
- Holiday Eating Mindfulness Presentation.
- Creamy Vegan Mac and 'Cheese.'
- Quick Vegan Vanilla Shake.
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
- Broccoli and Bean Salad.
- Introduction to Insulin Pumps Video.
- Continuous Glucose Monitoring Presentation 2020.
- Continuous Glucose Monitoring Q&A Video 2021.
Diabetes and physical activity
Diabetes: special topics
- Diabetes and Pregnancy.
- Mindfulness Exercise.
- Medical Weight Loss Management Presentation with Marcio Griebeler, MD.
Interested in learning more about our diabetes services?
Comprehensive diabetes self-management education
Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support programs offer comprehensive diabetes self-management education to help you or your loved one succeed in managing all aspects of diabetes care.
Group classes and individual visits are available, and both are taught by diabetes care and education specialists. Register now to take one of the following courses close to home or work. A physician referral is required.
- Comprehensive Diabetes Education: Class topics include eating healthfully, being physically active, monitoring blood sugars and interpreting results, taking medications safely, reducing the risk of complications, and setting personal goals for managing diabetes.
- Introduction to Insulin Pumps: This course provides education about insulin pumps, and will cover topics such as the benefits of pumping, insulin pump limitations, and types of pumps and infusion sets. Attendees will get hands-on time learning about the different pumps. This class is also for current pump users who are considering other pump options or who need to refresh their basic knowledge of pump management.
- Weight Management Program: Classes in this program teach healthy eating in a group atmosphere and cover topics including balancing diets, dining out, shopping tips, recipes and menus, weight plateaus, emotional and social eating, fiber and fit, time savers, and exercise.
- Virtual Visits: Diabetes education virtual visits allow you to save valuable time by meeting with a diabetes educator in a live visit from your mobile device or computer. Any diabetes education topic can be covered during one of these convenient visits. To schedule a virtual visit for diabetes education, contact the Diabetes Center at 216.444.3672.
To register or for more information on Diabetes Education, contact us at a location near you below:
1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, OH 4307
Ashtabula County Medical Center
2420 Lake Ave.
Ashtabula, OH 44104
Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation
2622 Hubbard Rd.
Madison, OH 44057
Diabetes Center at Cleveland Clinic main campus
10685 Carnegie Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Elyria Family Health Center
303 Chestnut Commons Dr.
Elyria, OH 44035
18901 Lakeshore Blvd.
Euclid, OH 44119
Hillcrest Medical Office Building I
6803 Mayfield Road, Suite 112
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Independence Family Health Center
5001 Rockside Road Crown Centre II
Independence, OH 44131
Lakewood Family Health Center
14601 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Lorain Family Health Center
5700 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053
970 East Washington St.
Medina, OH 44256
Mentor Medical Office Building
7060 Wayside Dr.
Mentor, OH 44060
Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Avon, OH 44011
Solon Family Health Center
29800 Bainbridge Rd.
Solon, OH 44139
South Pointe Hospital
4180 Warrensville Center Rd.
Building A, 6th Floor
Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
13944 Euclid Ave.
East Cleveland, OH 44112
Strongsville Family Health Center
16761 South Park Center
Strongsville, OH 44136
Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
8701 Darrow Rd.
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
2570 SOM Center Rd.
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
Diabetes technology has advanced remarkably. Your diabetes healthcare should be the focus with the advent of each new technology. At Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute, we offer several clinics and classes to match your unique healthcare needs and available technology such as continuous glucose monitors (CGM), insulin pumps, and smart pens.
What is a continuous glucose monitor (CGM)?
A CGM is a device that helps you to monitor your glucose level continuously. In most cases, a CGM sensor is inserted under the skin using a needle. The needle is removed leaving only the sensor under the skin. The sensor is usually replaced every 10-14 days by the user.
While wearing a CGM, sensor glucose readings are sent wirelessly to a device that will show you the readings (either a smartphone, an insulin pump, or a receiver). The glucose information includes the current level and whether the level is expected to go up, down, or hold steady. High and low limits can be set to alert the user to glucose levels outside their target range.
What is an insulin pump?
An insulin pump is a small, computerized device, about the size of a small cell phone. Insulin pumps can be worn on your belt, in your pocket, or under your clothes. Insulin pumps deliver rapid-acting insulin 24 hours a day through a small flexible tube called a cannula. The cannula is inserted under the skin using a needle, which is removed leaving only the flexible tube under the skin. The pump user replaces the cannula every 2-3 days.
What is a smart pen?
A smart pen is an insulin pen that does more than just deliver insulin. Smart pens communicate with special smartphone apps that help you to calculate your insulin doses and track your insulin delivery, food intake, and glucose readings.
Technology Shared Medical Appointments
Insulin pump virtual SMA
A virtual shared medical appointment (SMA) led by the endocrinology pharmacist. The single-session 1.5 hour class includes a presentation on available diabetes technology options, including: continuous glucose monitors, connected insulin ‘smart’ pens, and insulin pumps. The class provided an opportunity for patients interested in these technologies to ask questions in a real-time, open-discussion format with other patients.
Continuous glucose monitor SMA
The continuous glucose monitor (CGM) shared medical appointment (SMA) is a two-part appointment that takes place on consecutive Tuesdays.
Part one of the CGM SMA is a 1-hour appointment in a classroom format. This includes a short presentation providing a basic overview of CGM and specifics on the device that the patients will be wearing. Following the presentation the CGM device will be inserted.
Part two of the CGM SMA is a 1.5-hour class where the CGM data from the previous week is downloaded and reviewed by an endocrine clinical pharmacist. This is done in an SMA format which allows for shared discussion and support amongst patients with diabetes. Patients referred to the class consent to the collaborative practice agreement shared between their endocrinologist and the endocrine clinical pharmacist, allowing for medication therapy adjustments based off downloaded CGM data.
Get Involved in Research
As partners in your care, we encourage you to participate in trials that will have the potential for us to help you or persons with diabetes like you in the future.
Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic
Our Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic offers a convenient program that includes meeting with the following specialists during your individualized 2 to 2 1/2 hour session:
- An endocrinologist specializing in diabetes.
- A pharmacist to clarify any remaining concerns about your diabetes medications and to set up your continuous glucose monitor (CGM) follow-up visit.
- A Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (DCES) to help patients achieve their diabetes-related goals through comprehensive diabetes education and support.
You will have the option of having a CGM (such as Dexcom or Freestyle Libre) inserted. A follow-up visit (virtual or in-person) will be arranged at 2 weeks to download your glucose readings and give your recommendations on how to make adjustments to your meals, physical activity, and diabetes medications. There is optional exercise training and e-coaching with an endocrinology exercise physiologist.
Where is the Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic?
The Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic is located within our Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute on main campus. Please fill out the form below to be contacted by our scheduling department.