Our certified diabetes educator gives quality care to patient with diabetes.

Memorial Metabolic Institute

The Memorial Metabolic Institute provides support and education for people diagnosed with diabetes. Our certified diabetes educators help you manage your disease by providing:

  • Answers regarding your diabetes symptoms
  • Assistance in putting together a diabetic diet
  • Suggestions for activities to increase physical activity
  • Resources to help you manage your type 1 or type 2 diabetes

Contact us

Contact the Memorial Metabolic Institute by calling (912) 350-5800.

Call MD Connect at (912) 350-MHUP (6487) or (877) 287-MHUP (6487).

Please ask your primary care physician to refer you to the Memorial Metabolic Institute. If you do not have a primary care physician, call MD Connect to schedule an appointment with one of our Memorial Health University Physicians (MHUP) primary care doctors.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious, chronic disease that affects about 24 million U.S. adults and children. Diabetes can affect the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, blood vessels, gums and feet, and can even cause death. Early detection, education and treatment can save your life.

Signs of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces insufficient insulin. Insulin is needed to allow sugar to enter cells and produce energy. Although type 1 diabetes is commonly diagnosed in children, different factors such as genetics and viruses maybe yield a diagnosis in adults. Type 1 diabetes treatment includes sustaining adequate blood sugar levels with insulin and healthy diet. Symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability

Type 2 diabetes

Types 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. With type 2, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin to sustain a normal glucose level or resists the effects of insulin. Symptoms include:

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum or bladder infections
  • Many people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and causes high blood sugar, affecting your baby’s health. By eating healthy foods, taking medication and exercising frequently, expectant woman can help control their gestational diabetes. Symptoms include:

  • Unusual thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Frequent bladder, vaginal and skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Sugar in urine (tested for at your doctor’s office)


Prediabetes means your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not yet in the type 2 diabetes range. People with prediabetes have difficulty making enough insulin after eating and the long-term damage to the heart, kidneys and blood vessels may already be starting. With a healthy diet and consistent physical activity, those with prediabetes can bring their blood sugar level back to normal. Symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision

Our diabetes doctor

Sandra Brassard

Sandra Brassard, R.D., CDE

Brassard is a registered dietitian and certified diabetic educator. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. She has been part of the Memorial team since 1991 and has worked as a dietitian since 1996. She began offering diabetes education in 2009.