Diabetes & Endocrinology

Diabetes & Endocrinology

EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center was created in 1987 in response to a tragic leading cause of death and disability disease that affects over 120,000 people in southeastern Virginia and 18.2 million people nationally. Each year, an additional 1.3 million people aged 20 or older are diagnosed with diabetes; this number is projected to increase as our population ages and remains overweight.

Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism-the way the body digests food for energy and growth. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. People of any age can get diabetes.

Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • having a family history of diabetes
  • being older than 45
  • being overweight or having a sedentary lifestyle
  • being a member of one or more of these groups: African-American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, some Pacific-Islanders and Hispanic-Americans.

The EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center engages in Research, Clinical Care, and Education. The Center remains at the forefront of the search for a cure to diabetes through islet cell regeneration and in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. Our comprehensive programs allow the medical breakthroughs of today to be directly translated to patient care. Patients come from throughout Hampton Roads, as well as from across the nation and around the world.

Our staff includes full-time endocrinologists, certified nurse dieticians, diabetes educators, certified laboratory technicians and full-time researchers.