Dedicated Care for Children and Teens with Diabetes
Diabetes in children and teenagers needs to be identified promptly and treated effectively to reduce the chance of long-term complications. If your child has type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or a "pre-diabetes" condition such as insulin resistance, we offer programs designed just for young patients. Our diabetes centers are nationally recognized for their high-quality care. We understand that hearing your child has diabetes is a scary thing, and we know you have lots of questions. Our teams are here to guide you and your child every step of the way.
About Our Programs
We offer pediatric diabetes care through the following programs:
The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center in upper Manhattan, a Diabetes Center of Excellence, has been cited by the American Diabetes Association for its quality care. The Berrie Center offers special services for your child and family and guidance about how to live a healthy life with diabetes.
The Pediatric Diabetes Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan serves as a supportive medical "home" for your child and family and offers state-of-the-art diabetes care and education.
What we treat
Children and adolescents can receive care for:
- Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Insulin resistance ("pre-diabetes")
- Steroid-induced diabetes
- MODY (maturity-onset diabetes of the young)
- Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes
Our Approach to Care
We take a team approach to controlling diabetes, uniting the expertise and skills of pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric nurse educators, pediatric nutritionists, pediatric psychologists, ophthalmologists, and child life specialists who share a passion for improving the lives of young people with diabetes. Our staff members communicate as needed with school nurses, teachers, and coaches to educate them about your child's condition and needs. We also offer group sessions for you and your child that address practical issues — such as which insulin pumps and glucose sensors are best for your child, planning summer camp, gluten-free diets and diabetes, and other common concerns.
How we treat pediatric diabetes
We tailor your child's care to his or her needs, taking into account your child's age, other medical conditions, cultural factors, and personal preferences to create the most effective plan of care. Our services include:
- Managing your child's blood sugar levels to get them into a healthy range
- Educating your child how to take care of himself or herself, as well as education for you and your family about how to support your child
- Creation of a dietary plan for your child that takes into account food preferences, medical treatments, your culture, and your lifestyle
- Access to medical doctors or surgeons needed to treat any related conditions
- Screening and treating your child for complications of diabetes
- Screening children who are at risk of developing diabetes
Why Choose Us
The care we provide for young patients with diabetes is based on the latest medical research, including investigations conducted by Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medicine scientists. Our goal is not only to provide the latest diabetes therapies, but to advance the knowledge and treatment of the disease and promote your child's independence. The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center is renowned, managing one of the largest numbers of patients with adolescent-onset type 2 diabetes and one of the largest insulin pump programs in the country. The Pediatric Diabetes Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky provides the latest technologies, including insulin pumps and glucose monitoring devices, in a small and personalized program. Both programs provide family-friendly care. When it is time for your child to transition from pediatric to adult care, we provide connections to adult care providers to make that transition as smooth and seamless as possible. Contact us today to find out how we can help your child and family.