Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

The pediatric endocrinology and diabetes department at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital is committed to diagnosing, treating and educating patients and their families about endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes in children. Some common disorders include growth problems, thyroid and adrenal conditions including congenital adrenal hyperplasia, abnormal (early or late onset) puberty, juvenile diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, and obesity.

Diabetes in Children

The most common type of diabetes in children is Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or juvenile diabetes; however, more children and adolescents are now being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, typically diagnosed in children and young adults, is when the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use sugar, the basic fuel for body cells. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in adults, but is now being diagnosed more frequently in children and adolescents. In Type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.