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Type 1 Diabetes in Children Bookmark

Cassidy Leonard-Scott, DOType 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.  Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells and produce energy.  

“The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown,” says Dr. Cassidy Leonard-Scott, pediatrician with Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  “Often the cause is the body’s immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Other possible causes are genetics and exposure to viruses or other environmental factors.”

At the onset of type 1 diabetes, the damage to the insulin-producing cells is sudden and severe.  “Once a significant number of insulin producing cells are destroyed, little or no insulin will be produced and must be replaced,” says Dr. Leonard-Scott.  “If insulin is not produced to let glucose into the cells, sugar will build up with the bloodstream which can cause life-threatening complications.”

Because it begins so suddenly any child with signs or symptoms of diabetes should see a doctor for testing.  Consider visiting with your doctor if your child experiences increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, unintended weight loss, irritability and other mood changes, fatigue, weakness or blurred vision.  

“Once diagnosed with diabetes, maintaining a normal blood sugar level will help reduce the risk of any complications down the road,” says Dr. Leonard-Scott.  “At this time, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet, and lifestyle to prevent complications.”

To schedule an appointment at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call (573) 629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Pediatrician Cassidy Leonard-Scott, DO Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Cassidy Leonard-Scott, DO, FAAP to their team.  Dr. Leonard-Scott is a board certified pediatrician who earned her medical degree from A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.  Dr. Leonard-Scott is honored to be able to return and care for those in her hometown.

Dr. Leonard-Scott chose to pursue pediatrics because she knew she always wanted a career she loved, “Being a pediatrician is such a fun and rewarding job.  I love watching my patients grow and develop their own personalities. I chose to join the Hannibal Regional team because of its focus on bringing quality healthcare to the community I have always called home.”

Dr. Leonard-Scott is focused on making families and patients feel comfortable.  “There are no silly questions when it comes to kids. Whether it is a question regarding development, parenting techniques or an illness concern, my goal is for parents to feel comfortable discussing all of their concerns with me.”

Dr. Leonard-Scott is accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, to contact her office call 573-629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Dr. Roberts Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Roberts to their Pediatrics team! Julia Roberts, DO earned her medical degree at Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. HRMG's pediatrics team is excited to have Dr. Roberts join them as they continue to guide the community to better.

When asked why she chose to specialize in pediatrics, Dr. Roberts shares, “I absolutely love watching families grow and being part of their child's development. From telling a family they have a healthy newborn to delivering life-changing news to a family about their child's health - I consider my role as a pediatrician an honor in the lives of my patients and their families.” Dr. Roberts has always had the desire to help others and was exposed to the healthcare field at an early age, so deciding to become a physician was a natural progression. Dr. Robert's goal is to make sure families are able to focus on loving and nurturing their child while allowing her to take care of the medical side of things. Dr. Roberts says, “As a mother of two, I know how challenging raising kids can be and I want my families to know they have my support along the way.”

Dr. Roberts is accepting new patients and works with the compassionate, skilled pediatric team of Deborah Baumann, MD; Barbara White, DO and Jennifer Bowler, DNP. To reach the pediatric office at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.