Pediatric Diabetes Program
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus is the most common form of diabetes in children. Type 1 diabetes mellitus is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which is required for the body to utilize the nutrients derived from the food that we eat. Patients with Type 1 diabetes require daily insulin. Unlike patients with type 2 diabetes, oral medications are not an option for patients with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes can be diagnosed at any age.
A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in a young patient can be overwhelming and scary for the patient, as well as for his or her family. Diabetes is a disease that requires long-term management as well as careful daily monitoring of blood sugars. It is also important to monitor for potential complications of diabetes on a regular basis, which include eye damage, nerve damage, kidney disease, and heart disease.
At Endocrinology Consultants, we are pleased to be your family’s support system every step of the way, from initially learning about the diagnosis, to selecting an insulin regimen that is right for your child, to addressing all of your questions and concerns about your child’s individual health needs.