Type 1 diabetes used to be known as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes. In this type, the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin. Without insulin, you can’t convert sugar, starch and other food into energy. Although it can occur at any age, most of the time an initial diagnosis is made in children, teens or young adults. This was why it was called “juvenile diabetes”.
All of the physicians treating your child are board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology by the American Board of Pediatrics. They are also faculty at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. This means that they not only stay up to date on best practices related to diabetes, they often help to establish them.
Certified by ADA
Our program is one of only four pediatric programs in Texas certified by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This certification is based on our achievement of national standards set out by the ADA regarding the quality of our individualized self-management education program for patients and families. Our diabetes clinic provides a comprehensive bilingual education program.
Children's Health℠ was awarded disease-specific recertification by The Joint Commission for our Diabetes Education Program. The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standard-setting, accrediting, and certifying regulatory body in healthcare.
Living with type 1 diabetes is a life long project. Educating your child, your family and other caregivers takes on great importance. In recognition of this fact, Children’s Health offers an extensive training program covering what you and your child need to know.