Diabetes Program Overview

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At the Boston Children's Hospital Diabetes Program, our team is dedicated to empowering your child to lead a healthy life through the effective management of his or her diabetes or other disorder of carbohydrate metabolism.

We understand that when your child is diagnosed with diabetes, fears for his or her safety as well as uncertainties surrounding lifestyle changes—often for the whole family—can loom large, and we’re here to help. Our team includes:

  • specialists in diabetology and endocrinology to determine the proper course of treatment for your child
  • diabetes nurse educators to show you and your child how to monitor blood glucose levels and practice other aspects of the self-care your child needs to help prevent future complications
  • dieticians and nutritionists to help plan an individual meal plan for your child
  • medical social workers to help you attend to your child’s psycho-social needs, navigate the challenges of life with diabetes, and connect with support groups and other community resources.

Excellence in Care

Boston Children's has been ranked first in Diabetes in & Endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report.

Comprehensive Care

At Boston Children’s, we provide comprehensive care to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with all types of diabetes, including:

  • type 1 diabetes
  • type 2 diabetes
  • cystic fibrosis-related diabetes
  • steroid-induced diabetes
  • post-pancreatectomy diabetes
  • rare genetic forms of diabetes

We see patients at our Boston campus and at several locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

How Boston Children's Approaches Diabetes

Because diabetes can require lifelong management, researchers at Boston Children’s are investigating the earliest stages of the disease in order to understand how the disease develops and how it can be treated. Areas of research focus on

  • how to keep the insulin-secreting beta cells alive as a method both for treatment and prevention of Type I diabetes
  • tempering autoimmune activity in Type I diabetes
  • long-term follow up of diabetic patients for quality of life
  • genetic factors for obesity, which can lead to Type II diabetes
  • genetic factors for diabetes-related kidney failure
  • predictors related to glycemic control

In addition to developing a hospital registry, researchers are also working with Massachusetts to help track the growing incidence of Type I diabetes in the state.

The Endocrinology Division is pleased to announce that our call center for scheduling your appointments will now be open from 8:30am-8:00pm, Monday-Friday. Please call today to make an appointment with one of our specialists at 617-355-7476.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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