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
Call: 513-803-7633
Text: 513-608-1595
Email: type2clinic@cchmc.org

Who can I contact with questions about my medications or to make dose changes?

The Diabetes Center 513-636-2444.