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Trust your child’s care to our pediatric endocrinologist in Duluth, Minnesota. You can rely on our specialist to create a care plan that supports your child’s health, growth, and well-being.
A pediatric endocrinologist is a pediatrician who has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of children with diseases of the endocrine system, such as diabetes.
The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones. Hormones affect many functions of your child’s body, such as:
Talk to your child’s primary care doctor if they show signs of an endocrine disorder. These symptoms can include:
See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.
Look to our Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) to help you and your child learn how to effectively manage diabetes. Meet with our diabetes educators to learn skills such as:
As your child approaches adolescence, partner with us to help your teen learn how to take more responsibility for self-managing their condition.
Count on a team of professionals with decades of experience to work together and deliver the best possible care. Depending on your child’s condition, their health care team may include:
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(SPEECH)SPEAKER 1: Welcome to Medical Insight, a weekly health care feature brought to you by the experts at Essentia Health. Here's your host, Maureen Talarico.
(SPEECH)MAUREEN TALARICO: Today on Medical Insight, we talk with pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Kannan Kasturi, about type 2 diabetes and its impact on children.
(SPEECH)DR. KANNAN KASTURI: Obesity is the hallmark of type 2 diabetes mellitus in children and youth. Most children, at the time of diagnosis, are either obese or extremely obese. Some may have what we call as polyuria and polydipsia, increased urination and increased drinking of water with glycosuria-- the presence of glucose in the urine.
(SPEECH)MAUREEN TALARICO: Ethnicity is another contributing risk factor. Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects minority groups, such as African and Native Americans.
(SPEECH)DR. KANNAN KASTURI: There is a strong headed entry component for this disease. So that means children who have a family history of type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk.
(SPEECH)MAUREEN TALARICO: Dr. Kasturi says most pediatric cases of type 2 diabetes are diagnosed in children without symptoms at well child visits.
(SPEECH)DR. KANNAN KASTURI: During such well child visits, typically the provider will order for blood and urine tests. And they will look for glucose levels in the blood and in the urine, as well as test called as hemoglobin A1C, which is an average of blood glucose levels over the last three months. Depending upon the results, you could be classified as healthy, pre-diabetes, or having diabetes.
(SPEECH)The treatment of choice is primarily lifestyle changes-- diet and exercise changes-- and a little bit of pharmacological management with medications like metformin and insulin.
(SPEECH)MAUREEN TALARICO: Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed, which is why regular checkups, a healthy diet, and exercise are so important. For Medical Insight I'm Maureen Talarico.
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