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Dr. Samaan, a pediatric endocrinologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital
Dr. Samaan, a pediatric endocrinologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital

Coping with Childhood Diabetes

A new website features high-quality information to help families deal with childhood diabetes, as well as resources about coping with the pandemic while staying safe.
“We have received very positive feedback from people in Canada and internationally, and are excited about expanding the scope of this online platform.”

Dr. M. Constantine Samaan was grateful when proceeds from Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation’s 2019 gala supported his important work with survivors of pediatric brain tumours.

“These patients are more likely to develop metabolic conditions such as diabetes as they grow older,” explains Dr. Samaan, a pediatric endocrinologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital. “Funding from The Foundation helped develop a website that provides virtual lifestyle interventions to help patients stay healthy physically and mentally after their cancer journey.”

When the COVID-19 crisis arose, Dr. Samaan realized that an expansion of the virtual platform would greatly benefit pediatric patients and families trying to manage childhood diabetes at home.

A special website

“The covid19childhooddiabetes.com website was created to include high-quality information to deal with childhood diabetes, as well as resources about coping with the pandemic and staying safe,” says Dr. Samaan. “We regularly track information from credible national and international sources and then distill that information for easy access in one location.”

The website continues to grow as new research is conducted and insights are gained into childhood diabetes and COVID-19 across the globe. Information is currently available in several different languages, which helps to make the site a valuable resource for visitors from around the world.

“We have received very positive feedback from people in Canada and internationally, and are excited about expanding the scope of this online platform. We are thankful to Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation for providing seed funding that helped us make these virtual education and advocacy platforms a reality.”

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