Whether you’ve been diagnosed with either Type I or Type II diabetes, it is an individual and a family affair.
As a child everyone wants to be just like all of the other kids at school, and you may think that because, you have diabetes that you are not normal any more. This is not true; with the rise of obesity, more children will receive a diagnosis of diabetes.
What to do about diabetes
As a child, you may be required to take pills or shots. With the improvements in delivery systems for insulin, you may not need a bottle and syringes as in years past. You will however, need to listen to your doctor and your parents about monitoring your blood sugar to help maintain a healthy A1c (A blood test that tells how well diabetes is controlled. Usually a 3-month test.), which your doctor should do. From this test, your doctor can adjust your medication to the right level for you.
Your family can be sure that you get a proper diet and exercise to help control both weight and the amount of exercise to help you control your diabetes. The better the control of your diabetes equals the possibility of fewer problems in the future.
Some of the effects of less than good control of diabetes are things like neuropathy (loss of feeling due to nerve damage), cataract (a problem with the lens of the eye), retinopathy (a problem with the inner eye), kidney problems, and more. This isn’t meant to scare you, but to tell you what might happen, not what will happen. It all depends on how well the diabetes is controlled, and that is up to each individual and no one else.
Your parents can help, but it is finally up to the person diagnosed with diabetes to care for themselves. No one can make you take care of your blood sugar control, they can only help you learn how and to make sure that you test your sugar level.
On days when you are sick, your blood sugar can go up and steps need to be taken to monitor it more closely, because if it goes too high or goes too low, there can be problems and a doctor may need to be called.
This is why you need to test your blood sugar on a regular basis. It will help establish a normal range for you so that if it goes outside your normal range, you can take steps to regulate your blood sugar. You should also learn the signs of low and high blood sugar. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
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