Endocrinology and Diabetes
Endocrinology is the study of hormones. Hormones travel in the blood and control many important body functions by delivering signals between the cells. Insulin, for example, is a hormone that moves food energy from the blood into muscle, fat and liver cells. If your child’s body does not make enough insulin or becomes resistant to its effects, your child may develop diabetes. Diabetes is a lifelong condition in which the body doesn’t properly control the amount of sugar in the blood.
The Endocrinology and Diabetes program at Seattle Children’s provides long-term care for children and teens with diabetes and other endocrine system problems, such as puberty, growth and thyroid disorders. We believe in caring for your child while helping you learn how best to manage your child’s condition. Children’s program meets national standards set by the American Diabetes Association. Our team is experienced in caring for growing children, and includes doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and social workers. We work closely with you and your child’s primary care doctor to help your child thrive.
Awards and Recognition
In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Children's Endocrinology and Diabetes program one of the best in the country.