Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity

If your child is diagnosed with diabetes or another endocrine condition, you likely have many questions about how to help your child live life well.

At Arkansas Children’s, we provide comprehensive care for children with many endocrine disorders, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Pituitary conditions (Short stature)
  • Adrenal gland conditions

Our team includes highly trained doctors, specialty nurses and clinic nurses who are experts in caring for children with diabetes, complications of obesity and other rare endocrine conditions.

To provide the best care and treatment for children with endocrine conditions, our doctors and nurses spend a significant amount of face-to-face time with your child. In addition, our specialty nurses provide extensive, detailed education to you and your child to teach you how to live with and manage specific endocrine conditions.

What to expect at your first visit

When you and your child come to Arkansas Children’s, we may perform some tests to help us make a diagnosis and begin the right treatment. Be sure to follow any instructions provided by your doctor or a member of our endocrinology team.

Some tests require your child to fast (no food or drink) before coming to the hospital, such as:

  • Growth Hormone Stimulation Test (AITT)
  • Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)

Children coming to the Center for Obesity And its Consequences in Health (COACH) clinic may also need to fast for blood testing.

Your child may eat (no fasting required) before other tests, such as:

  • Low-dose adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation study
  • High-dose adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation study

Your doctor may order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test. We most often use MRI tests to evaluate children for:

  • Growth hormone deficiency
  • Central precocious puberty