Support for Type 2 Diabetes in Children

Managing type 2 diabetes is a lifelong commitment that can be especially difficult for children and teens. Diabetes experts at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone work closely with families and pediatricians to help children adopt healthy lifestyle habits and adhere to their treatment regimen.

Our doctors may also refer you to psychologists at NYU Langone who can help your child cope with the responsibility of taking medicine regularly.

Follow-Up Appointments

After treatment has begun, doctors at NYU Langone monitor your child’s progress every two to three weeks until his or her blood sugar is under control. They may recommend additional follow-up visits every three months after that.

During these follow-up visits, the doctor may perform a hemoglobin A1C blood test to measure your child’s blood sugar level. The doctor may order additional blood tests to look for signs of high cholesterol and check your child’s urine for protein.

Nutritional Support

Experts at the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, promote awareness of the quality and nutritional value of food. Our registered dietitians work with you to design a healthy menu that helps your child to control blood sugar, lose weight, and feel better.

They may also offer suggestions about family cooking classes and local farmers’ markets to make it easier to obtain nutritious produce.

Preventing Complications

Our endocrinologists may refer your child to other experts at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. These doctors can perform additional testing to check for complications, such as retinal disease, nerve damage, and kidney and heart problems.


For children and teens who want to be more active, our social workers can provide information about how to gain access to local gyms and sports programs.

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