Contact Details

  • (502) 2332-9498 in Guatemala
  • (305) 360-8409 in Miami
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Centro Medico II
    Office #603
    6ta Avenida 3-22, zona 10
    Guatemala City, Guatemala, Centro America
  • 9:30-1:00pm and 3:00-6:00pm

Doctor's Profile

Dr. Alejandro Nitsch is a specialist in internal medicine and an expert in the diagnosis and control of all types of diabetes. Since the early 1980’s, Dr. Nitsch has been devoted to the treatment of diabetes and is the medical director of the Diabet Centro the leading diabetes clinic in Central America, conveniently located in zona 10 hospital district of Guatemala City.

Diabet Centro is an institution dedicated to the care, education and empowerment of patients with diabetes mellitus. In addition to receiving attentive personal care and precise treatment planning, diabetes patients throughout Central America depend on Diabet Centro for the most efficient and technologically advanced insulin infusion pumps available. Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) helps to minimize the guesswork that comes from making decisions based solely on one daily reading, for better diabetes management. Dr. Nitsch notes the alarming increase in diabetes cases, especially in young people, due to poor diet, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle. Diabetes poses more of a public health concern than ever befor because at least 75% of diabetics live in low and middle-income countries. According to the World Health Organization, 9% of adults 18 years and older worldwide were living with diabetes in 2014.

In his capacity as a hospital consultant, Dr. Nitsch works closely together with medical specialists such as ophthalmologists, nephrologists, cardiologists and surgeons so that they can recognize the symptoms and implications that are specific to diabetes patients. To this end, Dr. Nitsch and his wife have written a curriculum of post-graduate studies for medical specialists called Care and Attention for Diabetics, so that medical providers can be more aware of considering diabetes implications in their own field of medicine. The program has been certified by the International Diabetes Federation since 2009.

Several pharmaceutical companies from around the world, like Abbot, Astra Zeneca, Novartis, Medtronic and Sanofi depend on Dr Nitsch as a highly-respected KOL, or “Key Opinion Leader” for guidance in producing and distributing the most effective medications.

Dra. Fabiola Prado, an internal medicine specialist and an educator of health services, is the wife of Dr. Nitsch and co-author of their two highly successful books on the subject. No Me Cierra el Pantalon: Claves Para Tomar el Control de Diabetes (My Pants Don’t Close: Keys to Taking Control of Diabetes) and Testigo de Milagros (Witness to Miracles). Both publications are collections of interesting case studies about diabetes patients, to illustrate the many facets of the disease, told in their own words, through personal and emotional stories.

“We are always trying to be more effective and to share that knowledge with the patient. Dr. Nitch notes the importance of qualifying goals and improvement by keeping accurate statistics, as a confirmation of his excellent results. To benefit the public as much as we would like, we need to have more government and society involvement.”

Dr. Nitsch’s lifelong dedication is to prevent and successfully treat patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The goal is to be under control and self-managed. “We empower the patient to be an expert in control of their own diabetes”, says Dr. Nitsch.

From the first anxious meeting to the successful lifetime of coordination of care, the doctor becomes a close friend and absolute confidant of all his patients. Dr. Nitsch says, “I love to hear people tell their story. That’s when I can help them the most.”

Professional Affiliations

Diabet Centro – Clinica de Diabetes Melitus, Guatemala.
Diabet Centro – Diabetes Mellitus Care Clinic, Guatemala City

  • Director de la Clinica. Medical Director

 American Diabetes Association, Chicago, Ill.

  • Presenter at the 73rd session, (2013) Presentor al session 73 en 2013

 International Diabetes Federation
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950.

  • Creator of the specialization course for professional health care providers: Care and Attention for the Diabetic,  together with his wife, Dr. Fabiola Prado (2006). The program has been certified by the International Diabetes Federation since 2009.

SANOFI, A Global Life Sciences Company
“Sanofi is committed to improving access to healthcare, and supporting the people we serve throughout the continuum of care. Beginning with general consumer healthcare, including disease prevention, we transform scientific innovation into healthcare solutions for rare diseases, muscular dystrophy, oncology, immunology, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.”

See this excellent video produced by SANOFI: “Insulin, Glucose and You”

  • Special Award for Dedication and Devotion, for development of his post-graduate course entitled “Care and Attention for the Diabetic”
  • Invited speaker about Diabetes: Exercise and Lifestyle, Muscle Metabolism, and Nutrition.


The International Conference on Advanced Medicine in Immune Disorders and Cancer
La Conferencia Internacional de Medicina Avanzada en Los Trastornos Inmunitarios y Cáncer

  • Distinguished guest speaker, Germany 1998

 Colegio de Medicos y Cirujanos de Guatemala. Guatemalan College of Physicians

  • Presentor Invitado, julio de 2015. Invited Guest Speaker, July 2015.
  • Premio de Investigacion Clinica. Clinical Research Award (2011)
  • Miembro Activo, Active Member

 Sociedad Guatemalteca de Medicina Interna, Guatemalan Society of Internal Medicine

  • Premio de Investigacion Clinica, Congreso de febrero de 2005
  • Clinical Research Award, 2005 Annual Convention
  • Presentor Invitado, febrero 2014. Invited Speaker, February 2014
  • Miembro Activo, Active Member


Sociedad Dominicana de Nutricion Enteral y Parenteral – SODONEP
Dominican Republic Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition Society
Presentor Invitado en 2015. Invited guest speaker in 2015

American College of Sports Medicine

  • Certified Speaker on “Exercise is Medicine” for the Latin American region

 Hospital General San Juan de Dios, Guatemala

  • Presentor a la Reunión XXI de Residentes de Medicina Interna (Octubre 2015)

Hospital Herrera Llerandi, Guatemala City

  • Socio Medico. Medical Associate

La Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Guatemala City

  • Título de Médico y Cirujano Medical Degree (1985)
  • Especialista en Medicina Interno, Post-graduate degree in Internal Medicine (1987)
  • Creador del curso especializado Atención a la Persona con Diabetes, para proveedores de servicios médicos. Creator of the specialization course for professional health care providers: Care and Attention for Diabetics

Hospital Centro Medico, Guatemala City
Director de Centro de Entrenamiento Internacional para Reanimación Cardiopulmonar, desde 2012
Director of International Training Center for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), since 2012

  • Director Medico. Medical Director (2010-2012)
  • Socio Medico. Medial Associate

Academic Affiliations

La Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Guatemala City

  • Título de Médico y Cirujano Medical Degree (1985)
  • Especialista en Medicina Interno, Post-graduate degree in Internal Medicine (1987)
  • Creador del curso especializado Atención a la Persona con Diabetes, para proveedores de servicios médicos.

Creator of the specialization course for professional health care providers: Care and Attention for Diabetics

Publications

Come back soon to read articles by or about the Doctor

No Me Cierra el Pantalon: Claves Para Tomar el Control de la Diabetes
My Pants Don’t Fit: Keys to Taking Control of Diabetes

Testigo de Milagros Witness to Miracles by Dr. Alejandro Nitsch and Dra. Fabiola Prado de Nitsch

Atención a la Persona con Diabetes Care and Attention for Diabetics
by Dr. Alejandro Nitsch and Dra. Fabiola Prado de Nitsch

  • Creador del curso especializado, para proveedores de servicios médicos, junto con su esposa, Dra. Fabiola Prado (2006). Certificado por el International Diabetes Federation (IDF) desde 2009.
  • Creator of the specialization course for professional health care providers, together with his wife, Dr. Fabiola Prado. The program has been certified by the International Diabetes Federation since 2009.

Uso de esteroides y transfusiones plaquetarias en trombocitopenia por Dengue.
The Use of Steroids and Platelet Transfusions in Thrombocytopenia Dengue

  • Publicado en la revista de la Facultad de Medicina de UFM
  • Published in the magazine of UFM Medical School

The Clinical Use of Bovine Colostrum
Published in the “Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine”, 1998

Special Interests

Come back soon to read about the latest treatment methods that this doctor finds most interesting

Dr. Nitsch and his wife have written a curriculum of post-graduate studies for medical specialists called Care and Attention for Diabetics so that medical providers can be more aware of considering diabetes implications in their own field of medicine. The program has been certified by the International Diabetes Federation since 2009.

He has written two highly-successful books on the subject. No Me Cierra el Pantalon: Claves Para Tomar el Control de Diabetes (My Pants Don’t Close: Keys to Taking Control of Diabetes) and Testigo de Milagros (Witness to Miracles). Both publications are collections of interesting case studies about diabetes patients, to illustrate the many facets of the disease, told in their own words, through personal and emotional stories.

Testimonials

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Charity, Public Service, Donations

Public service and caring for the less fortunate is a way of life in the Latin culture

Dr. Nitsch regularly offers free or low-cost medical care for missionaries, priests, and pastors. He also participates in mission tours to the poor villages outside the city to try to get medications and supplies to those in need.

Patient Success Stories

Every patient has different circumstances and expectations. We will tell you about an interesting and unusual case that the doctor was able to turn around with unexpectedly outstanding results

ELEVEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY – 1160

Could those numbers be true? Last year Dr. Nitsch attended an emergency room patient with a blood glucose level of 1160mg/dl, a man who was only 52 years old. Generally, we know that your blood sugar level should be less than 140mg/dl, and when it is approaching 200, that is in the very high range and could cause serious medical problems.

At the level of 1160mg/dl, the patient was in acute renal (kidney) failure and losing consciousness, and had a questionable chance of surviving. After eight hemodialysis sessions, and ten days of intensive hospital care, he was not only miraculously still alive, but able to go home. In that short time, he was able to regain normal renal function and had his blood pressure under control.

Mr. JDCH is grateful to Dr. Nitsch and the entire hospital team for saving his life when the culmination of various symptoms could have been disastrous for him and his family. Mr. JDCH was back to work two weeks after leaving the hospital.