Category Archives: Kids & Teens

Holiday Classic: A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child’s Christmas Angel

(Editor’s Note:This article originally ran in Diabetes Health on January 27, 2008.) Eight-year-old Olivia Miller asked for a Chihuahua for Christmas, but what she received was far more precious than just any pet. That’s because Olivia and her new little dog both have diabetes and today they comfort and encourage each other through the rigors … Continue reading Holiday Classic: A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child’s Christmas Angel

A DH Classic: Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

(Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in October 2008. Laura Plunkett’s observations are timeless, and her comments elicited several interesting responses from readers.) I drift through the Halloween aisles getting angry. Did they make up this holiday just to torture kids with diabetes? What happened to apples, popcorn, tricks, and homemade treats? Halloween scares … Continue reading A DH Classic: Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

New Website Aims at Type 1 Teens

When Tommy Kelley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago, while he was in eighth grade, he had a hard time finding information that related to him. “I noticed the clear lack of diabetes education and support for teens,” says the 17-year-old from Needham, Mass. So Kelley launched “Teen Diabetes Guide,” a nonprofit … Continue reading New Website Aims at Type 1 Teens

Teens’ Negative Body Images Play Role in Later Adult Obesity

If you’re concerned about your teen’s extra pounds, it might be a good idea to keep those concerns to yourself and enforce some healthier eating habits instead. According to a new study, negative body image that develops as a teen may play a big role in adult obesity. The 10-year study followed teens as they … Continue reading Teens’ Negative Body Images Play Role in Later Adult Obesity

Children with Diabetes, You Are My True Inspiration

Jay Hewitt is 41 years old and has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1991. He is an elite Ironman triathlete (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run) and three-time member of the U.S. National Team for Long Course Triathlon. He is a lawyer, the father of a 16-month-old daughter, and a … Continue reading Children with Diabetes, You Are My True Inspiration

Molly Martin, Motocross Racer

Molly Martin is a vibrant and energetic 18-year-old from Texas who’s had type 1 diabetes since the age of two. Five years ago, Molly took up motocross racing. She says, “I love riding motocross—it’s just you and the bike. I feel free when I ride, like I don’t have to think about diabetes. I do … Continue reading Molly Martin, Motocross Racer

Diabetes Heroes Come In All Ages

Last summer, I led the third annual swim-run biathlon for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, which hosts two Massachusetts camps for children with type 1-Camp Joslin for boys and Camp Clara Barton for girls. It was at Camp Joslin that I met a memorable eight-year-old boy who exemplifies what being a diabetes hero is … Continue reading Diabetes Heroes Come In All Ages

Learning Self-Control is the Key for Kids to Remain Healthy

According to a recent  Pennsylvania study, kids need to learn to control themselves when it comes to food. Obviously, self-control is important for us all, kids and adults alike, when it comes to weight management. It’s equally apparent that children need to be taught by their parents to make healthy food choices. But parents who … Continue reading Learning Self-Control is the Key for Kids to Remain Healthy

Diabetes Health: Noah Moore Juggles Life With Diabetes

Just after he turned sixteen, Noah Moore got type 1 diabetes for Christmas. It didn’t seem like a gift at the time, but it sent himon a journey of creative diabetes advocacy that has made his life into a gift to us all. Almost immediately after his diagnosis, Noah beat his fear of public speaking … Continue reading Diabetes Health: Noah Moore Juggles Life With Diabetes

Introducing the Diabetes Health magazine Digital Advantage

Diabetes Health magazine, a leading and highly valued source for diabetes awareness and education, is doing its part to honor National Diabetes Month by offering (for a limited time) free subscriptions to its newly launched digital magazine, “Diabetes Health Digital Advantage™.” “Our Launch has been timed to coincide with Diabetes Awareness Month, a perfect occasion … Continue reading Introducing the Diabetes Health magazine Digital Advantage