New-Onset Diabetes Outpatient Management Program
If a primary care physician has a child in their office that has an elevated glucose (who is otherwise clinically stable) that they suspect may be due to new onset diabetes, we can see that patient the same day at our office without the family having to go to the hospital. We will stabilize the child with intensive multiple daily insulin injection therapy upon arrival to our office. We will also start diabetes education over a 2 day period so that both the child and the family are empowered with information about diabetes. We are proud of the success and high primary care physician satisfaction that we have had with our New-Onset Diabetes Outpatient Management Program.
COPEDS providers have been trained in motivation interviewing. Motivational interviewing is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring that person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. We are using motivational interviewing at the clinic to help kids achieve their health goals.
Just For You: Low Carb Weight Management Program
Just like no two children are alike, no two calories are alike metabolically. Personalized medicine, also know as precision medicine, may be the next step to solving the puzzle about why a child keeps gaining weight despite being very active. That is why we have developed a personalized weight management program called 'Just For You' to help put the pieces of the puzzle together. We match the metabolic profile, body composition, and family history components of your child to a unique personalized weight management plan. Over the last 30 years, sugar has been added into many of our processed foods. If pre-diabetes or insulin resistance is a problem that your child has, sugar and carbohydrates are not metabolized correctly. The natural hormones that tell kids' bodies when they've eaten enough are dampened. Thus, this leads to them always feeling hungry and never feeling full despite having just eaten a large amount of food. The COPEDS Just For You Low Carb Weight Management program is an extremely easy nutrition plan for families to follow which involves carbohydrate/sugar restriction and encourages increases in protein and fiber intake. The restriction recommendations are personalized for each child based on their specific body composition and resting metabolic rates. This temporary food plan then leads to feeling full, reducing hunger, and quick resolution of metabolic problems like insulin resistance. This program is covered by insurance plans that include COPEDS providers.
Diabetes College 101 Classes
Moving from home to college can be tough on students with diabetes, as well as their families. It's important for everyone involved in this transition - health care providers, parents, and students - to prepare, and to make sure that everyone is on the same page. COPEDS has begun providing group sessions with both kids and their families to discuss issues specific to college and diabetes and to answer questions. Content discussed during the sessions is all in the COPEDS Diabetes College 101 Book which is available for purchase in the clinic. We are planning to collaborate with Ohio State's College Diabetes Network chapter for the upcoming academic year 2015-2016 so that our kids have a chance to talk to current college students about what to expect with diabetes while in college. A great summary of the challenges is noted in the following video by the College Diabetes Network:
Dr. Jennifer Dyer has been working with computer science students obtaining their masters degrees at The Ohio State University to develop a new video game for kids with diabetes. The team presented their work in the spring of 2015 to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University: