Diabetes, Endocrinology, News

Diabetes can lead to depression among children and teens

Children with diabetes have a higher risk of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes have five times the rate of depression than adolescents without Type 1 diabetes. Impacts of depression and diabetes Depression coupled with diabetes can cause more hospital visits and an increased risk for complications due to a…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology

As insulin costs rise, many patients need help affording diabetes medication

The cost of insulin keeps rising, making it difficult for diabetes patients to afford their lifesaving medication. Today, one vial of insulin, which manages a diabetic’s blood sugar, can cost hundreds of dollars, forcing many people with diabetes to pay exorbitant prices or even resort to rationing their doses in an attempt to manage their…

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Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute provides diabetes resources for kids, including tools that support the entire family

When a patient is newly diagnosed with diabetes, learning how to effectively manage their condition is a top priority at the Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, part of Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. A support staff of dietitians, social workers, child life specialists, doctors and nurses provide a host of diabetes…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology, Patient Stories

Three sisters diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and thriving

Many people spend family night having dinner or playing games, but for the Chrismans, family togetherness also involves glucose monitoring and changing insulin pumps. When their identical twin daughters, Quinby and Stella, were born, Natalie Chrisman and her husband, David, knew very little about Type 1 diabetes. There was no known family history of the disease….

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Developmental-behavioral Pediatrics and Genetics, Endocrinology, Thyroid Disorders

A ‘PKU test’ looks for far more than one rare condition

Sometimes known as a “PKU test,” a genetic screening for newborns actually checks for a wide range of genetic disorders. PKU, an abbreviation for phenylketonuria, is a rare inherited disorder that causes the phenylalanine amino acid to build up in the body and can lead to brain damage. It’s caused by a genetic defect that…

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Endocrinology

Severe vitamin D deficiency in children can lead to rickets

A severe vitamin D deficiency in children can lead to rickets — a disease of the bones’ growth plates that can slow growth and deform bones. Sunlight is the primary source of vitamin D. Another source is vitamin D fortified milk. Some foods also have a small amount of naturally occurring vitamin D. “The overall…

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Endocrinology

Social gender affirmation may help lessen depression, anxiety in gender diverse children

Transgender children are more at risk for depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts than their non-transgender peers, according to researchers. Social transitioning, or social gender affirmation, is a way for children to express their gender identity. Recent studies show that the mental health of transgender youth who get social affirmations of their gender identity is…

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Employee stories - Norton Childrens, Endocrinology

Helping kids thrive while facing the challenges of being LGBTQ+

LGBTQ kids face a higher risk of discrimination, bullying, harassment and family rejection. For many, these burdens affect their health. “LGBTQ individuals often encounter more obstacles compared with their peers,” said Suzanne E. Kingery, M.D., pediatric endocrinologist with Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. “These things lead to poor health outcomes…

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Transforming endocrinology care into one of the best in the nation

Since Louisville native and endocrinologist Kupper A. Wintergerst, M.D., arrived at Norton Children’s Hospital in 2006, he has expanded the endocrinology and diabetes program from a single physician and nurse practitioner to 10 physicians and seven nurse practitioners. The latest recognition of the transformation of Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine,…

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Endocrinology, Health & Wellness, Newsjacking, Norton Primary Care

Dehydration symptoms in kids and what parents can do

The early hot days of summer can mean getting caught off guard by heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, over 9,000 high school athletes are treated for heat illnesses each year. Many medications and underlying medical conditions,…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology, Recipes

Diabetes-friendly recipes: Hummus or guacamole roll-ups

GUACAMOLE ROLL-UPS Ingredients: 4 whole-wheat tortillas 1 cup Simple Truth traditional guacamole, 1/4 cup per tortilla 3 to 4 pieces sliced turkey or ham Shredded lettuce 3 to 4 Roma tomatoes, diced Shredded low-fat cheese, optional Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine Norton Children’s Endocrinology provides diabetes care for children at…

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Choosing a cold medicine for kids with diabetes can be tricky

When your child is sick, you want to do everything you can to help them feel better, but choosing cold medicine for kids with diabetes can be like a minefield for parents. One of the nice things about over-the-counter (OTC) medicine labels is they recommend to “ask your doctor before taking this medicine.” Here are…

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