Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases among children in the United States. Approximately 21 million children and adults have diabetes, which represents 7% of the U.S.population. If not managed appropriately over time, children with diabetes are at greater risk of developing serious health complications, such as heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, loss of circulation resulting in amputation of limbs, and stroke. The disease affects children and adolescents of all ethnic backgrounds; however, Type 2 diabetes is dramatically increasing in obese youth, particularly in Latino and African-American populations. There is no cure for diabetes. It is a 24-hour-a-day disease requiring intervention, monitoring, and balanced food choices to maintain a child’s health. The best chance for a child’s overall health and well-being is comprehensive management of the disease.
“Diabetes is an often over-looked, under-served illness. The foundation is thrilled to be able to use its leadership in the community to draw attention to the problem, and through its partnership with one of the nation’s leading institutions for children’s health care provide children with diabetes consistent first-rate care and hope for a healthier future,” Tanenbaum stated.
The Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National has subspecialty integration designed to prevent and treat complications related to diabetes,comprehensive out-patient social work,and a multi-disciplinary approach to address every aspect of a family’s needs.
“With the largest pediatric diabetes program in the region, Children’s National is proud to partner with the Nationals foundation to provide much-needed resources to a growing population of children,” added Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., President and CEO of Children’s National.