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One in every 400 children and adolescents is living with Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. Juvenile diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is an essential hormone that allows sugar — glucose — to enter cells to produce energy.
Juvenile diabetes develops when the body attacks beta cells in the pancreas, leaving these cells unable to produce insulin. The body requires insulin to convert glucose in food to energy. In order to stay alive and healthy, children with Type 1 diabetes must constantly monitor their food intake and receive insulin injections.
When a child is diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, the entire family should be involved in the understanding and management of the disease. The good news is that juvenile diabetes can be controlled with proper care. Regular visits with your child’s endocrinologist, an individualized treatment plan and monitoring glucose levels are all important elements to this care.
Dr. Rogers joined Cleveland Clinic in 1991 as Head of the Section of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology. Dr. Rogers grew up in Ann Arbor, MI, where he attended Pioneer High School. Dr. Rogers completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. He graduated from the Chicago Medical School in 1978 and trained in pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Rogers also completed a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. He is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology.
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