Pediatric & Adolescent Type 2 Diabetes Program
McMaster Children’s Hospital: 905-521-2100
Pediatric and Adolescent Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) Program,
2G Child and Youth Clinic: ext 78513 or 78517
Conditions We Treat:
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 Diabetes is a life-long condition that affects how your body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood. Your body needs sugar for energy.
With Type 2 Diabetes, the sugar from the food you eat and drink stays in your blood instead of going into your cells. This happens because your body either does not produce enough insulin, or does not respond to insulin, which is called "insulin resistance".
There is too much sugar in your blood.
The cells don’t have sugar to use as energy. You may feel run down or tired.
What Services Do We Provide?
The ultimate goal of this program is the generation of a detailed assessment encompassing clinical, psychosocial, and metabolic data that can be used to personalize the intervention needed in a particular child based on the main factors driving their diabetes.
The hospital is located at 1200 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5.
2G Child and Youth Clinic (beside information desk on main floor of hospital)
What Happens When We Arrive?
When you arrive to the clinic please check in with the Business clerk at the reception desk. The business clerk will let the team know that you have arrived.
Referrals can be faxed directly to the clinic as noted on the referral form.
The clinics are not for emergencies. If your child needs to be seen on an urgent basis, please contact your family doctor or go to your local emergency department.
9:00 am- 12:00 pm (4th Tuesday of every month)
Changing Your Appointment:
Please contact us as soon as possible, if you need to change or cancel your child’s appointment.
If your child has a communicable disease such as Chicken Pox or has been in contact with someone with Chicken Pox, please call the clinic before you came to the hospital.
What Should You Bring to the Clinic?
Health card- the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care requires us to validate your Health Card at every clinic visit
Relevant documentation, letters, x-rays etc.
If scheduled for an exercise assessment, please bring running shoes, shorts, tshirt/ active wear
Physician: Pediatric Endocrinologist
Diabetes nurse: The nurse is involved in educating newly diagnosed T2D patients and families, including education about insulin administration and dose adjustment. She also liaises with the physician regarding reported blood glucose levels from patients and provide a go to person for the families to communicate with the team.
Dietitians: The dietitians focus on dietary intake and importantly on eating behaviors including what is eaten, how much, when, how often, and to try and provide patients and families with meal plans to impact their metabolic control.
Exercise physiologist: Is involved in testing children’s fitness using ergometer bikes and treadmills. In the clinic, we are also measuring body composition using Bioelectrical impedance to determine how much fat the body has.
Kinesiologist: based on the results of fitness testing, the Kinesiologist uses the information provided to design an exercise plan specifically tailored to the ability and goals of the individual patient. This involves recommendations about enhanced physical activity within the usual daily routines and the recommendations for more specific exercise routines based on patients’ preferences and include resistance training, stretching, exercise ball, and aerobic activities.
Social worker: Our social worker is involved in providing families with support and resources needed to deal with T2D.
Behavioral Therapist: works with patients to define strategies for implementation of treatment plans, and help children and families adjust to the diagnosis.
Our philosophy is family- centered care. We strive to provide the best care possible.
To reduce the burden of Type 2 Diabetes, its complications and co-morbidities in children, and prevent or delay the onset of complications and co-morbidities into adulthood.
Our mission is to deliver evidence-based care in a multidisciplinary setting for pediatric type 2 diabetes patients and their families, and to generate knowledge through the conduct of systematic research to help treat and prevent type 2 diabetes.
Any decision made and action taken will be based on serving the needs of the patients and families.
To strive to be world leaders in the assimilation and dissemination of evidence based care in pediatric type 2 diabetes
To treat patients, families and each other with respect, dignity, honesty, and humanity
To encourage cooperation with patients, families and each other to deliver quality care compatible with our vision
‘Be the change we want to see’: Exemplify the conduct we want to see in others when we deal with patients, families and each other.
We will be flexible and adaptable so that we can respond to change as needed