UT Health Physicians

Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Health

Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Health | UT Health San Antonio

Our team of specialists are here to provide you and your loved ones with top-tier diabetes and weight management care to avoid future health complications and improve your quality of life.

Your care team

Your care team is led by endocrinologist and physician-scientist, Dr. Carolina Solis-Herrera, who specializes in the treatment and prevention of diabetes and cardiometabolic disease including obesity and lipid management. Also caring for you is our team of board-certified endocrinologists, diabetologists, certified diabetes educators (CDEs), registered dietitians (RDs) and specialized nurse practitioners (NPs). 

Advanced Diabetes Care

We are here to help every patient take control of their diabetes to prevent its progression and avoid its complications including obesity, high cholesterol and cardiovascular risks.

Take the quiz to learn your risk for developing diabetes: Risk Test | ADA (diabetes.org)

Services provided and conditions treated: 

  • Advanced Diabetes Care
  • Advanced Technology and Pump Care 
  • Diabetes Prevention (Prediabetes) and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction 
  • Obesity and Metabolic Health 
  • Cardiometabolic Health and Lipid Care
  • Transplant Endocrinology 
  • Drug-Related Endocrinopathy Prevention and Management 
  • Comprehensive Individual Medical Nutritional Therapy
  • Comprehensive Nutrition Group Classes- Diabetes Self-Management Program (Accredited by the American Diabetes Association)
  • Sports Nutrition Counseling
  • Research and Innovation - Join a Clinical Trial!
What is Type 1 diabetes?

With Type 1 diabetes the pancreas produces little to no insulin. Type 1 generally occurs at a younger age, but it can occur at any age.  About 5% of individuals with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.

What is Type 2 diabetes?

With Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is not producing adequate insulin or insulin is not working properly. About 95% of individuals with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and amputation in the world. Your risk of cardiovascular disease is 2 to 4 times higher if you have diabetes. About 2 out of every 3 patients with diabetes will die of heart disease.

Obesity and Metabolic Health

What is obesity?

Having a healthy weight can mean many things for many people. Traditionally, having obesity is having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater. Similarly, being overweight is traditionally diagnosed when a person has a BMI greater than 27. Calculate your BMI

Over time, people with obesity or who are overweight have an increased risk of developing other serious medical conditions. Our program is committed to helping you achieve and maintain weight-loss success while addressing other medical conditions commonly associated with obesity.

Benefits of weight loss:

  • Decreased risk or progression of diabetes
  • Decreased risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improved symptoms of sleep apnea
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Improved mobility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced backpain
  • Increase years of life

To learn more about our endocrinology services, visit Endocrinology | UT Health San Antonio (uthscsa.edu)

To provide the best, highly integrated and holistic care for our patients, we partner with other medical specialists from cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology, podiatry, wound care, dermatology, and urology among others.

Our patients also benefit from our integrated electronic medical record system, MyChart, which provides secure, 24/7 access to their medical information such as lab results, appointments, doctor's notes and messages.