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About MercyCare Diabetes Center

The MercyCare Diabetes Center helps provide people with diabetes the information they need to better manage their disease and decrease their risk for complications.

MercyCare Diabetes Center has been the leader in diabetes care in our community for more than 27 years. Our commitment to providing the highest quality of diabetes treatment and education is now strengthened and expanded through our membership in the University of Iowa Health Alliance, which includes more than 50 hospitals and 160 clinics across the state.

We are proud of our continued growth as we work to make diabetes treatment and education more available in a way that meets the health needs of every individual.

Diabetes Education

Certified in 1989, the Center uses a team of diabetes specialists to provide both individualized and group instruction for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, as well as pregnant women with diabetes.

Physicians, nurses, dietitians and social workers, the majority of whom are certified diabetes educators, coordinate their areas of expertise to help those with diabetes better understand and control their diabetes.

Arun Movva, MD

Arun Movva, M.D., Cedar Rapids' first physician specializing in Endocrinology, joined Mercy in December of 2008, after practicing at the Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate in Syracuse, New York. 

As a specialist in Endocrinology, Dr. Movva is trained to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in one's system.

Dr. Movva treats patients with the following conditions:

  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Thyroid conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Pituitary diseases
  • Osteoporosis (bone loss)
  • Hypogonadism (low testosterone)
  • Polycycstic ovary disease
  • Other endocrine disorders

Patients who are obese may visit an endocrinologist to have their hormone levels assessed, as hormones regulate appetite, metabolism and energy stability. Medical conditions associated with obesity include insulin resistance, reproductive issues, metabolic syndrome and genetic problems.

Wendy Sanders, ARNP

Wendy Sanders is a nurse practitioner who specializes in diabetes throughout the lifespan. She treats patients with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes, and also provides insulin pump initiation and management. Wendy will work with you to determine a comprehensive care plan to help you reach your diabetes goals.

Diagnostic sensors - More complete information can lead to better treatment and glucose control. Wendy uses the latest technology to gather information about your blood glucose control. A diagnostic sensor is a device that records your glucose 24 hours a day to provide information on how your diet, medication and daily activities affect your glucose levels.

Shared medical appointments - Wendy's patients are able to participate in shared medical appointments. This means you receive individual and group education, which allows you to learn from others with similar experiences. Shared medical appointments are available for individuals living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and a special shared visit is dedicated to teens with diabetes.