What is Type 2 Diabetes?
- A condition that affects your body’s ability to handle glucose, a sugar in your blood.
- Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which puts glucose into cells for energy.
- People with type 2 diabetes have insulin resistance- meaning they make insulin, but their cells don't use it well.
- Eventually your pancreas can't keep up, and glucose builds up in your blood leading to type 2 diabetes.
What is the Type 2 Diabetes Comprehensive Care Clinic?
The Type 2 Diabetes Comprehensive Care Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s is a multi-disciplinary clinic that brings together experts that care for adolescents with type 2 diabetes. Our goals are to provide an integrated approach to treating type 2 diabetes and its potential complications. As part of every visit, we review your medical & family history, conduct a physical exam, discuss your diagnosis and treatment options, set nutrition and exercise goals, and screen and treat you for other conditions. Other conditions that are common in type 2 diabetes include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, menstrual irregularities in females and sleep apnea.
What doctors specialize in this area?
What other healthcare providers might I see in clinic?
- Stavra Xanthakos MD, pediatric gastroenterologist who can evaluate patients for fatty liver disease
- Michael Helmrath MD, pediatric surgeon who can discuss if Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery is the right option for you
- Linda Kollar MSN, APRN, CNP, Nurse Practitioner & Bariatric Program Clinical Director
- Jana Norvell, RN, Diabetes Nurse Educator
- Brigitte Shular, Diabetes Social Worker
- Amy Poetker, RD, Diabetes Dietician
- Kelsey French, Clinic Coordinator
- Carrie Schultz, RN, Research Nurse
How do I prepare for my visit?
- You may need blood work. In that case, we will contact you ahead of time
- Bring your glucose meter if you have one
- Bring a list of your medications, the doses and let us know if you need refills
- Bring your questions
Who can I contact with questions about this clinic or to schedule an appointment?
Kelsey Frenck, Clinic Coordinator
Who can I contact with questions about my medications or to make dose changes?
The Diabetes Center 513-636-2444.