If your child has been diagnosed with diabetes or a metabolic disorder, you probably have concerns about the disease and the impact it will have on your family. At Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children, the team-based, patient-centered approach at our Pediatric Diabetes and Metabolic Clinic will help ease your worries while providing comprehensive quality care for your child.
The Center for Diabetes at Tulane is an American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized program with locations at Tulane Medical Center and Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children. It offers care and counseling for both pediatric and adult patients with diabetes and serves as a multidisciplinary educational resource.
Comprehensive Diabetes Care
Diabetes is a chronic disease that means your child’s blood glucose, or blood sugar, is too high. This is not healthy. If left unchecked, diabetes can have very serious health consequences that could affect the rest of your child’s life.
We treat two main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes means that your child’s body doesn’t make insulin. This is a problem because your child needs insulin to convert the sugar in foods he or she eats into energy.
- Type 2 diabetes means your child’s body does not make or use insulin well. Teens are more likely to get diabetes if they weigh too much, are not active or have a family history of diabetes.
Childhood obesity is becoming one of the most common medical conditions seen by pediatricians. The Pediatric Diabetes and Metabolic Clinic is equipped to monitor and treat most of the complications of obesity and diabetes that could affect your child’s health.
Pediatric Diabetes Team
You and your child will meet with the doctor, endocrine nurse and certified diabetes educator during each visit. A registered dietitian is also available if you and your child need counsel in that area.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Tulane Pediatric Specialty Clinic at (504) 988-6253.