Children’s Hospital of Michigan treats the most children for inpatient endocrinology care in the state of Michigan.

The Division of Endocrinology at the Children's Hospital of Michigan offers comprehensive services to children and adolescents with diabetes and hormonal disorders.

The department consists of physician specialists on staff, diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and social workers.

The following problems or diseases are diagnosed and treated:

  • Adrenal gland disorders including CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia), adrenal insufficiency and Adrenoleukodystrophy 
  • Diabetes Mellitus (Type I and Type II), MODY, neonatal diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome 
  • Disorders of sexual differentiation and ambiguous genitalia
  • Glucose homeostasis and hypoglycemia
  • Growth and pubertal development problems
  • Parathyroid problems including hyperparathryroidism and hypoparathyroidism
  • Thyroid problems including hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves disease/hyperthyroidism as well as thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer
  • Total or partial Hypopituitarism
  • Genetic obesity syndromes

Multidisciplinary Clinics:
Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes Clinic
Diabetes Mellitus High Risk Clinic
Disorders of Sexual Development
Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors/Neuro-oncology-endocrine Clinic

Endocrinology Conditions and Treatments

  • Adrenal Gland Problems
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Diabetes Type I
  • Diabetes Type II
  • Disorders of Sexual Differentiation
  • Growth Problems
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Problems in Puberty

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology also treats the following:

  • Adrenal gland disorders including CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia) and Adrenoleukodystrophy
  • Survivors of childhood cancer
  • Thyroid Problems including hypothyroidism, Hashinoto's thyroiditis, Graves disease/hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer

The Division also works closely with the Neurosurgical, Cardiovascular and General surgical teams as well as Nephrology, Pulmonary, Hematology/Oncology, Immunology and Gastroenterology.

Endocrinology Services and Innovations

The Division of Endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan provides comprehensive care to children/pediatric patients with endocrine problems and diabetes mellitus.

Specialized services offered to newborns and older children include growth hormone testing and treatment, outpatient education, regular follow-up phone calls and research studies. Children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, hypopituitarism, short stature, thyroid and parathyroid problems, diabetes insipidus, precocious puberty and other endocrine problems are regularly followed up in clinic by the pediatric endocrinologist, a pediatric nurse practitioner, endocrine nurses and a dietitian.

The Endocrinology Division at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan also offers the following services:

  • Classes for patients with new onset diabetes mellitus, 6 times a year
  • Insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring classes, 6 times a year
  • Detroit area school nurse training program in August
  • A quarterly diabetes newsletter offering useful tips to manage diabetes. To receive the newsletter please email jrenaud@dmc.org
  • Diabetes mellitus support group
  • World Diabetes Day event yearly

The Diabetes Clinic treats the largest group of African-American children/pediatric patients with Type I diabetes in the country. Utilizing a team approach, the service consists of evaluation from a physician, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a diabetes educator, a dietitian and a social worker. A state certified and American Diabetes Association (ADA) certified outpatient education program is also offered to help children and their families effectively manage a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. The Division uses insulin pumps and CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) for patient care. A diabetes phone hour is available every weekday for insulin dose changes, prescription refills and other requests. Communication with families is offered via phone, fax and email for patient convenience.Outpatient education classes which meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education of the American Diabetes Association and the Michigan Department of Community Health are also conducted monthly. The doctors in the Division of Endocrinology also share their expertise throughout Michigan through the Wayne State University Morris J. Hood, Jr., Diabetes Center.

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Travel and Diabetes

by Kristen Shock on Nov 18, 2019, 10:12 AM
Diabetes should not interfere with vacations and travel. With proper planning and a backpack, travel can be as enjoyable for you / your child as for anyone else.

Diabetes should not interfere with vacations and travel.  With proper planning and a backpack, travel can be as enjoyable for you / your child as for anyone else. Diabetes care cannot take a vacation, and good testing, record keeping, and analysis will keep most problems at bay.

Vacation tips:

  • Pack 30% more diabetes supplies and insulin than needed (For a 7 day trip pack 9 days of supplies).
  • Pack extra glucose tablets, juice and snacks.
  • When traveling by car, keep insulin, test strips and Glucagon in a zip-lock bag in a cool location (NOT ON ICE).
  • When traveling by airplane keep all needed supplies in a carry-on bag; packed items in the luggage compartment may freeze.Carry the insulin box and prescription with you.
  • Please visit the TSA’s website for a detailed list and recommendations about diabetes supplies, medication and the proper procedures to follow.
  • Arrange for a small refrigerator at your hotel/accommodations for storage of your supplies and snacks.
  • Wear your diabetes ID.
  • Bring your diabetes team numbers, your chart/notes on your calculations, sick day rules, and hypoglycemia treatment guidelines.
  • If there will be any time change, check with the diabetes team a few days prior to the trip.We can make suggestions regarding your itinerary, meal and insulin times and adjustments.
  • Make a point of reviewing the day’s events, blood glucose levels, insulin doses and any problems at the end of each day, and make plans for changes to avoid any problems the next day.
  • HAVE FUN!

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