38 Tips for Teenagers and Young Children with Diabetes
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- Call your diabetes team when you have problems. Choose members of the team with whom you feel comfortable.
- Try to accept that you have diabetes.
- As soon as you can, tell your friends that you have diabetes.
- Carry your diabetes supplies and use them whenever you need to.
- Tell your diabetes team the things you like to do. They will help you find a way to keep doing them.
- Wear an ID bracelet or necklace-it could save your life.
- Never wait to treat a low blood sugar.
- Do not use the fact that you have diabetes to get attention.
- Never skip meals or snacks.
- Never skip a bedtime snack.
- Always include protein (eggs, cheese, meat, peanut butter, etc. ) in your bedtime snack.
- Do not skip insulin shots.
- Tell your diabetes team if you are concerned about your weight. They can help you.
- Ask your parents to help you. You do not have to do everything on your own.
- Do not get discouraged. Some days are not your days and your blood glucose may be difficult to control. The important thing is that you are trying.
- Do not drink alcohol. If you drink, always eat. If you drink, do not drive.
- Check your ketones periodically. Know what to do-ask your team, it may save you a trip to the emergency room.
- Check your blood glucose at least four times per day and use the information to make insulin dose adjustments.
- Learn to count the grams of carbohydrates in food and get good at it. It could be fun.
- Learn how much insulin you need to control blood glucose after eating each food that you like to eat.
- Tell your diabetes team you want to learn how to adjust your insulin doses.
- Study your blood glucose at least once a week and learn from it.
- Once in a while, know your blood glucose at 2 or 3 a.m. It will help you understand your and make the right decisions.
- Once in a while, check your blood glucose two hours after a meal.
- Do anything that you have to do to control your blood glucose. Then go and do what you love to do.
- Make sure you believe that the closer to normal your blood glucose is, the healthier you are and will be in the future.
- If you do not believe #26, ask your diabetes team about the DCCT study or look it up by yourself.
- Know your hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) and what it means (average blood glucose during the last two to three months). Try to have a HbA1c between 7 and 8 % or less, if possible, (BG 150 to 180 mg/dl) with less than 4 episodes of low blood glucose per week.
- Always try to learn if there is anything else you could do to control your blood glucose.
- Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!
- Always write down questions for your diabetes team before you go to the appointment. Make the visit worth it.
- Tell your diabetes team that you are available to talk to children with newly diagnosed diabetes.
- Go to a diabetes support group. It can help you.
- Get organized and control your blood glucose. It will help you in many other aspects of your life.
- Find out how an insulin pump works. Even if you do not want to use one, it will help you understand diabetes.
- Go to a diabetes camp at least once in your life.
- Always have a snack for exercise, unless you just had a meal.
- Remember that any improvement in your blood glucose is worth it, no matter how small it is.