We guide adolescents, teens and young adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes toward a healthy future
The Kovler Diabetes Center’s InTransit program is a clinical care and education program for adolescents, teens and young adults with diabetes. Our main goal is to empower teens and young adults to manage their diabetes and create a healthy future. It includes pediatric and adult endocrinologists working side-by-side at the Kovler clinic to help patients ‘transition’ their diabetes care and responsibilities from their parents and family to themselves.
The benefits of our InTransit program include:
- Establishing a partnership with the youth who has diabetes, their family or caregiver, and their medical team
- Empowering teens and young adults learn to live with diabetes on their own
- A sensitivity to the physical, social, emotional and intellectual developmental stages that are distinctive to this group as they move from pre-adolescence and puberty through their teens and into adulthood
- Support systems to address every need, from going to college to driving tips
- The latest treatment technologies to make it as easy as possible to cope with diabetes
Read below to learn more about our premier program.
The Five Key Strengths That Make InTransit Unique
• Comprehensive: Addressing medical, educational and emotional needs.
• Multidisciplinary: Diverse specialists can address related chronic conditions and potential complications of diabetes, from head (neurology) to toe (podiatry), as well as related conditions like celiac disease.
• Teen-focused: This program is designed specifically for teens and young adults. We adapt our approach as kids move from adolescence to high school, to college and independent living.
• Flexible: We can work with a patient and his or her family on an ongoing basis at the University of Chicago Medical Center, or we can consult with their local endocrinologist after a one-time consultation.
• Supportive: We partner with adolescents, teens, their families or caregivers, as well as local physicians to support the needs of every young person living with diabetes.
Examples of What Kids Learn in InTransit
• How to make the best food choices, including the healthiest options for fast food, snacks and other foods
• How to properly use glucose monitors, sensors and insulin to control blood sugar levels
• How to manage blood sugar when in classes, at work or traveling
• How to “fit in” and stay healthy
• How to participate in sports, activities and social outings, and still balance blood sugar
• How to use new technology to make it easier to manage diabetes
• How alcohol, fast food, smoking or other choices may complicate management
Convenient Support and Resources
InTransit makes diabetes care and management convenient. We are here for you, whether you and your child:
- Visit the University of Chicago Medical Center for ongoing care
- Live farther away and visit once or twice a year
- Come to us for a consultation/second opinion
We are committed to a close partnership with your medical team and will keep them well informed about our findings and recommendations.
Through our relationships with community-based providers, InTransit will connect you and your child to resources in your local area as needed. Access to nearby educational and emotional support can boost a young person’s knowledge and confidence as they learn to manage their life with diabetes.