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Diabetes, Growth, and Hormones

Our team provides consultations as well as long-term care for children with diabetes, endocrine disease, developmental endocrinology and weight management.

The pediatric diabetes self-management education program at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for meeting national standards for providing diabetes education to patients and families.

Self-management is key to an effective diabetes treatment plan, and education programs help young patients and their parents learn how to a test the patient’s blood glucose levels; take insulin or diabetes medications; and select and maintain a proper diet.

The diabetes education program at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital includes one-on-one education classes for families with a newly diagnosed patient, as well as group sessions on insulin pump therapy and daily living with diabetes. Doctors, nurses, dieticians, and social services staff members work together to provide measurable goals, practices, and evaluation of the program for each patient and family in the outpatient setting.

Our specialties include treating children with symptoms or conditions that include:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Disorders of physical growth (short stature, tall stature)
  • Sexual maturation (early puberty, later puberty)
  • Thyroid function (hypothyroidism, goiter)
  • Pituitary function
  • Adrenal function
  • Calcium and phosphorus metabolism
  • Weight management (obesity)
  • Excessive hair in girls (hirsutism)
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Evaluation of excessive weight gain
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Congenital problems affecting genital development
  • Problems related to high dose steroid therapy
  • Complications related to cystic fibrosis

Additional Services We Offer

  • Body fat analysis
  • Insulin pump education
  • Continuous glucose monitoring in diabetes
  • Diabetes management through education video DVD and manual
  • Outreach clinics for diabetes and endocrine disorders
  • 24 hour on-call services
  • Diagnostic Services:
    Hormone stimulation tests to assess secretion of growth hormone, cortisol, puberty hormones, glucose and insulin, and water balance.
  • Consultative Services:
    Consultative services are provided to primary care providers for abnormal congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) and congenital hypothyroidism (CH) results identified through the Iowa Neonatal Metabolic Screening Program (INMSP).
  • Dibetic Education:
    We offer one-on-one diabetic education classes for newly diagnosed families, diabetes refresher classes, and group pre-pump classes and insulin pump therapy. Hemoglobin A1C results are available in six minutes, which allows discussion at appointments.
  • Clinical Trials

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Heidi Kuhl

    Oliver Kuhl, portrait "Our son was in severe diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in Mason City. The plan was to fly him to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital but the Iowa weather was not in our favor. After realizing he would not be able to fly out for several hours, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital sent their own ground transport team to come get him to ensure his condition was cared for and he was safe the entire trip." Read more
  • Aaron Miller

    Aaron Miller portrait Aaron came to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital emergency department after a routine physical with his local doctor showed he had lost 15 pounds since the previous year and his blood sugar was abnormally high. Aaron was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.Read more
  • Seth Barton

    Seth Barton portrait During a physical the summer before his freshman year of high school, Seth’s family doctor noticed he was shorter and weighed less than his sister, who was three years younger. He sent Seth for X-rays, and discovered his growth plates were not where they should be for his age.Read more
  • Abi Frye

    Abi Frye portrait The only treatment for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. At 25 weeks pregnant, Julie was taken by ambulance and Abi was born the next day, weighing just over 1 pound.Read more
  • Makayla Bell

    Makayla Bell portrait Makayla was born three weeks premature at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital with additional birth defects. The doctors diagnosed her with OEIS syndrome, which occurs in just one of 300,000 infants. Once Makayla was born, a team of pediatric specialists worked together to develop a plan of care and she had her first surgery at just five days old. Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Health Care—Iowa River Landing
    105 East 9th Street
    Coralville, Iowa 52241
    • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m..
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
    • 1-319-467-2000
    • 1-855-467-3700
  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: UI Stead Family Children's Hospital public elevator, Level 2
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
    • 1-319-356-1616 (Emergency)
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Cedar Falls
    2624 Orchard Drive
    Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
    • 1-855-543-2884