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Diabetes Program

Our comprehensive multidisciplinary team provides care to infants, children and youth up to 18 years of age with diabetes and their families.

Our team provides family-centered care. This means that the care we provide reflects what matters most to our patients and families. At our clinic children and families will work closely with an experienced team of health care providers. Our doctors, nurses, dietitians, social worker, child life specialist will work with you to generate a detailed assessment of clinical, psychosocial, and metabolic data that can be used to create a personalized care plan for each child based on the key factors contributing to their diabetes control.

Together, we will help your child and family learn about diabetes and how to live well with it. Our team is also involved in research and outreach visits to community hospitals. We are part of the Ontario Network of Pediatric Diabetes Programs.

For more information, visit the Pediatric Diabetes Program page for patients and families.

Patients/Conditions To Refer

We manage children with all forms of diabetes. The main types of diabetes in children include:

Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the immune system targets and damages the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that allows the body to use the sugar from the food we eat for energy. When a person has Type 1 Diabetes, the body is no longer able to produce insulin. Sugar then builds up in the blood. This is the most common type of diabetes in children.

Type 2 Diabetes: With Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas still makes insulin in the early stages of this condition, however the body is unable to respond to the insulin properly (called insulin resistance). As diabetes advances, insulin resistance is combined with the body not producing insulin. Sugar then builds up in the blood. This type of diabetes has been increasing lately with the increase in childhood overweight rates.

Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes (CFRD): Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes (CFRD) is a kind of diabetes that can develop in people with Cystic Fibrosis. CFRD is thought to be caused by thick mucous in the pancreas. This can either cause damage to the cells that make insulin, or block the insulin from being released to the body. Sugar then builds up in the blood.

MODY (Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young): MODY is a rare form of diabetes that runs in families. It is caused by a genetic mutation that stops the pancreas from making enough insulin. Sugar then builds up in the blood.

Referral & Contact Information

Referrals

Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 75433

For referrals, please fill the referral form and fax to 905-521-2333. If you are a healthcare provider and need to refer a newly diagnosed patient with type 1 diabetes, a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patient with ketones, or require an urgent consult, please call the hospital switchboard 905-521-2100, extension 76443, and ask to speak to the Pediatric Endocrinologist on service.

Assessment Options

  • In-person visits
  • Virtual consultations