Learning your child has diabetes may be quite a shock. When your child is diagnosed with diabetes, it is easy to feel frightened and overwhelmed by all the information you're given.
Diabetes is one of the most common medical conditions in children. It is a chronic medical condition in which the body does not make or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to change glucose (sugar) and other food to energy. When diabetes occurs in children, it is called juvenile-onset diabetes. This type of diabetes is caused when the body's immune system destroys the cells that make insulin. People with juvenile-onset diabetes must have daily shots of insulin to be healthy.
Children and their families can work together to help manage diabetes. Kids with diabetes can have very normal childhoods with training and awareness about their unique condition.
The Children's Medical Services (CMS) Diabetes program provides coordinated, family-centered care by a team of medical professionals with experience in treating children with diabetes. This health care team will teach you and your child about the importance of diabetes management, healthy eating habits, diabetes education, and how to incorporate physical activity into your child's daily routine. All these components are important strategies to help children with diabetes live long and healthy lives.
CMS referral centers are located in Jacksonville, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Gainesville, and Miami.
Infants, children and adolescents under age 21 who are enrolled in the CMS network and have been diagnosed with diabetes, are eligible for services provided by this program.
To find out if your child is eligible to receive services by the CMS Diabetes program, contact your child's primary care provider, or your local CMS office.