Jefferson University Hospitals

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with Type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.

Type 1 diabetes can come on suddenly and the symptoms can be severe, including abdominal pain, fatigue and weight loss. At Jefferson, our goal is to work with you and your child to provide education on how to manage the disease, reduce your symptoms and prevent diabetes-related complications that can have an adverse effect on many aspects of your child's health, including an increased risk of heart disease.

Jefferson has been named a Center of Excellence for Diabetes by Philadelphia magazine. Our experts in endocrinology and metabolic diseases will work with you to develop a personalized diabetes management program, in consultation with your personal physician and Jefferson ophthalmologists, nephrologists, podiatrists, neurologists and ob-gyns, as needed.