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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Diabetes: Services Offered

Multidisciplinary Care for Your Child

At all of our of our clinics, pediatric diabetes experts provide holistic, family-centered care for children with diabetes. Physicians, nurses, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals work together as a team to minimize the effects of this chronic disease on a child's health, development, and future. 

Learn more about our innovative psychosocial outpatient program.

Your child's care begins with a thorough evaluation and accurate diagnosis. Diabetes often runs in families, so our experts look at each patient’s family history to consider potential genetic causes. Our team can then devise a plan to manage the diabetes, which may include dietary changes, exercise, medicine, and/or weight loss.

Having a child with diabetes in the family is hard. We believe it is important to help you manage the disease at the family level. Our diabetes educators can help teach you and your child about blood testing, insulin injections, and lifestyle changes that your family may need to make together

Help for Children with Severe Diabetes

Despite their doctors' and parents' best efforts, some children may have complications from diabetes that affect their skin, vision, and organs. Our diabetes experts have experience treating the most complex cases of diabetes in children and can offer solutions that aren't available at other medical centers.

Transitioning Teens to Independence

Our pediatric diabetes team have developed a specialized clinical care and education program called InTransit for adolescents and teens with diabetes. The main goal of this program is to empower teens and young adults to manage their diabetes and create a healthy future. It includes pediatric and adult endocrinologists working side-by-side at the Kovler clinic to help patients ‘transition’ their diabetes care and responsibilities from their parents and family to themselves. 

Learn more about the InTransit teen transitions program.

When Weight Is an Issue

If your child suffers from weight problems, our "Fit Matters" program can help. This program teaches children how to change their behaviors so they can lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Other weight-loss programs are also available, including a community-based family nutrition and exercise program aimed at decreasing diabetes risk in overweight African-American youth. Programs can be customized to your child's needs. Our goal is to not only help families manage diabetes, but to prevent it as well.

As your child grows, our team is available to provide ongoing advice and support. Working with your child's pediatrician, we can monitor your child's progress and help manage the disease over the long term.