Diabetes has become a serious health care threat, with nearly 21
million children and adults in the United States - 7 percent of our
population - estimated to have diabetes. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, one in three children born in this
country five years ago is expected to develop diabetes.
Beaumont Children's Hospital offers one of the largest pediatric endocrinology
programs in Michigan. Children visit the Beaumont Children's Hospital
Endocrinology Clinic to be treated for diabetes, growth or hormone
problems by a multidisciplinary team of board-certified pediatric
endocrinologists, diabetes nurse educators, nutritionists and social
Beaumont's pediatric endocrinology program also offers counseling and
education for parents, to ensure that children develop in an
environment that supports increasing responsibility for diet, daily
monitoring, medication and lifestyle choices. Parents receive 24-hour
telephone access to their child's care team. They learn how to manage
the disease in very young children and then gradually help the older
child become self-sufficient.
The Beaumont Children's Hospital pediatric endocrinology team members
are exceptional teachers who call upon the extended resources of
dietitians, psychologists and social workers to identify breakdowns in
disease management and help children become consistent and ultimately
responsible for their own health.
Among the problems treated by pediatric endocrinologists are: