Pediatric Diabetes Center
About This Program
The team of diabetes specialists includes pediatric endocrine and diabetes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dieticians and social workers, all with years of experience working with children and adolescents with diabetes. Our nurses and nurse practitioners are Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs), just one indication of their commitment to high quality care. The education program is certified by the American Diabetes Association. We provide coordinated outpatient care from diagnosis through chronic management. We are a leading center for outpatient management of newly diagnosed diabetes.
Multidisciplinary Pediatric Diabetes Clinic
Our multidisciplinary pediatric diabetes clinic opened its doors in September of 2017. In this clinic, the only one of its kind in the Boston area, patients and their families meet with a certified diabetes educator, nutritionist, child psychologist and pediatric endocrinologist over the course of a single two-hour visit. Each specialist supports and advises children and families regarding a different facet of diabetes care. We also offer the option to schedule a pediatric ophthalmology appointment on the same day as the visit for patients and families who are interested. Every child seen at MGHfC is offered the opportunity to be seen in this clinic at least once per year.
Type 1 Diabetes
Of the hundreds of adolescents and children with diabetes for whom we provide specialty care, half receive their daily insulin needs via insulin pump, which permits a high degree of flexibility but which also mandates intensive monitoring. Many young people also use a continuous glucose monitoring system. The insulin pump is not the best choice of all children with type 1 diabetes. However, our commitment to every family is the same: to achieve the best level of blood sugar control possible for each child we follow.
Children with type 1 diabetes may have other disorders including thyroid disease and celiac disease. Our endocrinology, gastroenterology and nutrition staff work together to integrate the management of these disorders. Our commitment to diabetes care also extends to the laboratory, where members of the pediatric endocrinology group are working to determine the protein factors in cells that control the development of the insulin producing beta cell with the aim of developing a means to reproduce beta cell function. We also collaborate with the diabetes immunology laboratory on clinical and laboratory studies to understand the cause of type 1 diabetes and its treatment. We are involved in international collaborative treatment studies to prolong the remission phase of type 1 diabetes, and we are working with bioengineers who are developing a "closed loop" system to measure blood sugar and replace insulin as it is needed.
Type 2 Diabetes
We have the same commitment to personalized, multidisciplinary care of patients with type 2 diabetes, which is increasingly common among children and adolescents. We work with our Pediatric Weight Center to help children with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome achieve optimal health.
One reflection of that commitment is our active involvement in a nationwide research program designed to optimize care of young patients with this disorder (read about the TODAY Study).
General diabetes information
- Depression and Diabetes: How to Help Your Child
- Diabetes Handbook
- Diabetes Diagnosis, How to Support Your Child
- Diabetes Prevention Tips
- Hypoglycemia and Type 1 Diabetes Treatment Tips
- Managing Illness with Type 1 Diabetes
- Travel Tips for Children with Type 1 Diabetes| Ayisyen Kreyòl | Español | Português
Insulin and other medications
- Glucagon, How to Give| Arabic (pdf) | Español (pdf)
- Insulin Pen, How to Use
- Insulin Types, Learning About Different
Diet and exercise
- Carbohydrates in Food
- Carbohydrates and Diabetes: What You Need to Know
- Exercising and Type 1 Diabetes
- Fiber and Diabetes: What You Need to Know
- Low-Carb Snack Ideas(pdf)
- Snack Ideas for Children with Type 1 Diabetes
- Snack Ideas for Children with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease
Tests and procedures
Meet the Team
The team of diabetes specialists includes pediatric endocrine and diabetes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dieticians and social workers, all with years of experience working with children and adolescents with diabetes.