Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
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.
At the Diabetes Clinic, our goal is to help you and your child learn to manage type 1 or type 2 diabetes with confidence.
Our team of experts will partner with your family to provide advanced treatment options and encourage independence.
Our team is dedicated to empowering your child to lead a healthy life through the effective management of his or her diabetes or other disorders of carbohydrate metabolism.
Our team includes:
- specialists in diabetology and endocrinology to determine the proper course of treatment for your child
- diabetes 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
- psychologists to help you attend to your child’s psycho-social needs, navigate the challenges of life with diabetes
At Al Jalila Children’s Diabetes Clinic, we provide comprehensive care to infants, children and adolescents with all types of diabetes, including:
- Type 1 diabetes: where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
- Type 2 diabetes: where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin
- Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes: Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) is a unique type of diabetes that is common in people with Cystic Fibrosis. With early diagnosis, CFRD can be managed well.
- Steroid-induced diabetes: It is defined as an abnormal increase in blood glucose associated with the use of glucocorticoids in a patient with or without a prior history of diabetes mellitus.
- Post-pancreatectomy diabetes: Diabetes due to pancreatectomy—the surgical removal of the entire pancreas—is similar to type 1 diabetes, in which the immune system destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas.
- Rare genetic forms of diabetes, which is caused by a mutation (or change) in a single gene. If a parent has this gene mutation, any child they have has a 50 percent chance of inheriting it from them.
The Diabetes Clinic runs every Wednesday from 10:30-19:00 and sees children and teenagers up to 18 years of age with any kind of diabetes. The clinic is multi-disciplinary with a range of different professionals who can help you with your child’s diabetes, including two consultants, a diabetes educator, a dietitian, and a psychologist.