What happens when you transition to the adult Diabetes Clinic?

Type 1 Diabetes

What happens when you transition to the adult Diabetes Clinic?

Your doctors, nurses and staff at the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic at American Family Children's Hospital want you to be comfortable and confident as you make the transition to the adult Diabetes Clinic.

Three Things to Know

  1. Transition to the adult Diabetes Clinic means teens with Type 1 diabetes have to take more responsibility for their care.Set up a MyChart account so all of the information you need about your diabetes care is always accessible.
  2. Call (608) 263-6420 or send a MyChart message to set up a visit with the diabetes team.
  3. Your parents cannot call to schedule appointments or get your results without your written permission.

Who will be providing my diabetes care?

Meet the diabetes care team at the Diabetes Clinic.

Your First Visit at the Diabetes Clinic

At your first visit, you should expect to:

  • Meet your diabetes provider (a physician or advanced practice provider)
  • Meet a diabetes educator and learn their unique role
  • Learn how to find out if you need to have labs drawn and where your laboratory is
  • Learn how to get your prescriptions filled
  • Ask lots of questions about diabetes and sex, depression, alcohol and burnout, and anything else you are wondering about

What Might Be Different from the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic

  • Hemoglobin A1c testing is done with a venous blood draw, not a finger poke.
  • Goal hemoglobin A1c is 7 percent or less rather than less than 7.5 percent.
  • Your parents cannot call to schedule appointments or get your results without your written permission. You can sign a form to set this up.
  • There are a lot more adult patients with type 2 diabetes, so the diabetes team will have more experience treating both type 1 and type 2 patients.
  • Each of your four (or more) annual visits may be with a different team member, not always your physician or advanced practice provider. Sometimes nutritionists or diabetes educators will be involved.

What Will Stay the Same

  • A diabetes team-member is available 24/7 to answer urgent questions.
  • You can send in your blood sugars for guidance between visits, via phone calls, MyChart or other technologies.
  • You can always bring trusted family or friends to your visits to keep those who are close to you involved, educated and supportive of your diabetes care.
  • You should always bring your meter and any other devices (pumps, sensors) for download to each visit.
  • Your diabetes team’s goal is to help you fit diabetes care into your own life, and stay healthy and happy.