Diabetes Program


The Diabetes Program at Children's Wisconsin is one of the largest in the country, serving more than 1,700 children with type 1 (juvenile) and type 2 diabetes and their families.

Diabetes is one of the most common severe chronic diseases among children. In fact, the incidence of children with Type 1 Diabetes has increased in the past 20 years. Wisconsin children are affected at double the national rate.


The Diabetes Program staff members provide top-quality, personalized, comprehensive diabetes care through:

  • Office visits with a physician and/or nurse practitioners
  • Diabetes management education
  • One-on-one visits with a diabetes educator or registered dietitian 
  • Ongoing medical follow-up
  • 24-hour phone availability
  • Teaching materials
  • An outpatient insulin pump program
  • One-on-one visits with a social worker
  • Inpatient care and education

Education and resources for families

The Diabetes Program at Children's Wisconsin offers a full range of basic and advanced courses for caregivers. The education program, offered both in our Appleton and Milwaukee clinic locations, is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and uses award-winning videos and books developed by the Children's Wisconsin team. These materials are available for purchase and are used by other programs throughout the country.


Scientists do not yet know the exact cause of type 1 diabetes. Without knowing the cause, there can be no cure. The Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes was created in November 1998 to help find a cure for diabetes. Former Green Bay Packer Max McGee and his wife, Denise, pledged $1 million to launch funding efforts for the research center.

While they haven't yet discovered the cause of type 1 diabetes, researchers know that this disease has a genetic component. Genes are activated and deactivated at different times and for different reasons. Investigators in the Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes are asking questions such as:

  • Which genes play a role in diabetes?
  • How do those genes function in a person with diabetes?
  • Can we detect the processes that cause diabetes before it develops?
  • Can we prevent or cure diabetes based on our discoveries?

Additional websites

The following are links to other websites that provide information about diabetes. We hope you find these sites helpful, but please remember that we do not control or endorse the information presented on these websites, nor do these sites endorse the information contained here.

In addition, information contained here and in the following websites is not intended to replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child’s doctor. Please consult your child’s doctor with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s health.

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