Type 2 Diabetes Clinic
What is Seattle Children’s Type 2 Diabetes Clinic?
The Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) Clinic helps your child make lifestyle changes and manage their diabetes with the best medications for their condition. Our team of experts in different specialties monitors your child’s health and provides education and support to lead a high-quality life with type 2 diabetes.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Diabetes causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high. In type 2 diabetes, the body does not respond properly to the hormone called insulin. Glucose is less able to enter the cells and supply energy. This makes blood sugar levels rise.
Maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, keeping active and taking medications as needed are the keys to treating type 2 diabetes. Children and teens with the condition may benefit from a structured exercise program. Some children with type 2 diabetes need to take insulin.
How will the Type 2 Diabetes Clinic help my child?
Type 2 diabetes is a much more aggressive condition in children than in adults. We bring together an expert team to help your child live well with type 2 diabetes. Most children and adolescents with this condition need to take medications and make lifestyle changes.
We stay well-informed as new medications are developed and recommend the options that are right for your child. Our team provides the most up-to-date and evidence-based therapies for pediatric type 2 diabetes.
Our clinic is part of Seattle Children’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Program, which ranks among the nation’s best.
Personalized, complete care
Our team tailors care to your child, using state-of-the-art therapies for pediatric type 2 diabetes.
We provide guidance and resources to help your family manage type 2 diabetes at home by:
- Controlling and tracking your child’s blood glucose
- Planning and eating healthy meals and snacks
- Staying active
- Taking medicine as needed
The experts you need in one place
Our pediatric experts work together — and with you — to care for your child. Your child will get support from:
- Doctors (endocrinologists) and nurse practitioners with special training in treating children with diabetes.
- Dietitians to guide healthy food choices and improve eating habits.
- Social workers to help your child and family make behavior changes. We link you with community resources if needed.
- Athletic trainer to create an exercise plan that is right for your child.
- Child Life specialist to focus on your child’s emotional and developmental needs as they adjust to and manage type 2 diabetes.
- Pediatric psychologist to help with diabetes-related behavioral health struggles beyond what our social workers or Child Life specialist can support. Your child may be referred to the psychologist for help handling the demands of living with diabetes.
Convenient, coordinated care
- We check your child’s health and track their lifestyle changes during full T2D team clinic visits every 3 months.
- We provide follow-up appointments in person for nutrition and athletic training every 6 weeks. In some cases, a telehealth visit may be an option.
- We coordinate appointments so that your child can see all the experts they need on the same day.
- Our Type 2 Diabetes team holds monthly clinics at the Sand Point Clinic (across from the hospital campus in Seattle) and South Clinic in Federal Way.
Support for your whole family
- Each child is different, and you know your child best. We work with you to give your child complete care. Members of our team have special training in their field and in the unique needs of children and teens.
- We serve babies through young adults and their families from around the Northwest and beyond. If your family speaks a language other than English, we have interpreters in many languages, including sign language, to help you get the care your family needs.
- Seattle Children's can help with financial counseling, schooling, housing, transportation, interpreter services and spiritual care. Read about our services for patients and families.
Scheduling an Appointment With the Type 2 Diabetes Clinic
- If you would like to receive care from our Type 2 Diabetes team, ask your child’s primary care provider to refer you to Seattle Children’s Diabetes Clinic.
- If your child is newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, your family will first complete our new-onset diabetes program. Then your Seattle Children’s provider will refer your child to the Type 2 Diabetes Clinic.
- If you already have a referral, please contact us at to schedule an appointment.
- If you have an appointment, see what to expect and how to prepare.
- Learn about diabetes resources such as useful links, videos and recommended reading for you and your family.
- Providers, see how to refer a patient.
As needed, we connect patients to psychologist Dr. Ashley Charlene Moss for mental health counseling.
For more information, contact the Type 2 Diabetes Clinic at . If you would like an appointment, ask your child’s primary care provider to refer you.
Providers, see how to refer a patient.