Diabetes, Endocrinology

Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute sports program a home run for teen with diabetes

At 12 years old, Nathan King was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. “At first it was really intimidating,” said Nathan, now a senior in high school. “It was just super overwhelming.” Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that causes the pancreas to produce little or no insulin, which the body needs to turn blood…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology

Louisville teen becomes a diabetes ‘pioneer’

You wouldn’t know it, but Kylie Smith is in the early stages of Type 1 diabetes. Thanks to a new treatment at Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, Kylie, a 15-year-old from Shepherdsville, Kentucky, has the chance to potentially stop the disease from advancing. Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute is a part of Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with…

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Endocrinology, News, Norton Childrens Medical Group, Orthopedics

Norton Healthcare, Norton Children’s expand services in Westport Plaza

Norton Healthcare and Norton Children’s continue to fulfill their promise to expand access to health care with the opening of a new multipractice location in Westport Plaza in northeastern Louisville. The 21,000-square-foot space — a $9.5 million investment — includes Norton Healthcare’s first same-day orthopedic injury care center and the first multidisciplinary office to house…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology

New devices offer more options than ever to manage blood sugar

If you have diabetes, new devices give you more options than ever to manage your glucose levels. An insulin pump can deliver insulin throughout the day without the need for multiple daily injections. Thanks to advances in technology, insulin pumps are now able to link with continuous glucose monitors. This means the pump can vary…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology

Making exercise safe for kids with diabetes and endocrine disorders

We all know exercise has many benefits, such as helping maintain a healthy weight, lowering cholesterol, relieving tension and stress, elevating mood, and improving blood sugar control. However, for someone living with diabetes, exercise causes significant blood sugar variability, which impacts performance and poses health risks. Since individuals with diabetes still need to exercise —…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology

Wendy Novak memoir on her diabetes journey offers hope, empowerment to others with the condition

Wendy Novak was 7 years old when she learned she has Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes. Her father also had the condition, so the family was well aware of the classic symptoms — excessive thirst and frequent trips to the restroom. The highs and lows of blood sugar, the indicator of blood…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology, Research

Inhaled form of insulin studied for children and adolescents

Children and adolescents with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes may no longer need injections of insulin if a new inhaled form of insulin is found to be safe and effective. “Some kids — especially kids who have been diagnosed recently — can have a difficult time getting used to injections. This formulation is a…

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Endocrinology, Foundation

Living with diabetes for decades: Woman hopes to inspire others with new book and life journey

In her new book, “Diabetes and Me: Living a Healthy and Empowered Life in the Face of Diabetes” (ISBN-13 9781633310803, Nov. 14, 2023), philanthropist Wendy L. Novak takes readers on a journey illustrating that people diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, despite the challenges they may face, still can accomplish their goals and dreams. Proceeds from…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology

Megan B. Coriell, M.D., helps kids make their endocrinology disorders fit their lives

As the daughter of a pediatrician, Megan B. Coriell, M.D., was drawn to medicine from an early age. “I grew up around medicine,” said Dr. Coriell, a Louisville native. “I watched the relationships my mom made with patients and their families and saw how much she loved her job.” When the future Dr. Coriell started…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology

New treatment can delay Type 1 diabetes

You wouldn’t know it, but Kylie Smith is in the early stages of Type 1 diabetes. Thanks to a new treatment at Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, Kylie, a 15-year-old from Shepherdsville, Kentucky, has the chance to potentially delay getting the disease. Two years ago, Kylie’s sister developed Type 1 diabetes, which happens when the pancreas…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology

Passion for empowering patients drives director of Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute

Treating patients with diabetes is a passion that runs deep for Kupper A. Wintergerst, M.D., Wendy L. Novak chair of pediatric diabetes care and clinical research and pediatric endocrinologist with Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. Since the Louisville native arrived at Norton Children’s Hospital in 2006, the endocrinology and diabetes…

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Endocrinology

Child’s diet with hypothyroidism and taking levothyroxine

The best diet for children with hypothyroidism is a lot like a healthy diet for any other child. They should eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables every day, along with starches like pasta, potatoes, bread and rice that are higher in fiber; dairy or dairy alternatives; and beans, eggs, meat or other…

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