Diabetes can often be managed through a change in diet, increasing exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight, although some patients may require diabetes medication – such as metformin. When they’re first diagnosed, kids with diabetes may worry about what it will mean. Some might worry about having to take insulin shots. Other kids with diabetes might be upset if they have to change the way they eat. And all kids with diabetes may wonder, “Why me?” and think, “It isn’t fair.” Diabetes also can make people feel sad, angry, upset, or alone because most of their friends don’t have to worry about their blood sugar levels. It’s just not something a kid wants.
Here are a few steps where diabetic kid can keep attention:
- check their blood sugar levels often
- give themselves insulin shots, have someone help give them shots, or use an insulin pump
- follow a healthy eating plan so they can keep blood sugar levels under control and grow normally
- exercise regularly
- have regular checkups with doctors and other people on their diabetes health care team so they can stay healthy and get treatment for any diabetes problems
Kids with diabetes will have to do special things sometimes, like eat a snack on the bus during a long school trip. Or they might have to wake up earlier than everyone else at a sleepover to take their insulin and have some breakfast to keep their blood sugar levels under control.
Even though kids with diabetes have to do some special things, it doesn’t keep them from doing the stuff they love. They can still play sports, go out with their friends, and go on trips. So if you have a friend with diabetes, let him or her know you can deal with it. Being friends is all about having fun together, not having a perfect pancreas!