{Diabetes Awareness Month} Thoughts 26-30

by Leighann on November 30, 2013

Diabetes Awareness Month 2013Every single day during the month of November, which is Diabetes Awareness Month, I will share a fact, tip, or thought across my social media channels: Twitter and Facebook.

Most snippets will be about 140 characters, the allowable length of a tweet. Some might be longer.

If you see one of them on Twitter or Facebook, please retweet or share to help raise awareness to your friends and family who may not know much about diabetes.

Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.

Read Thoughts 1-4.

Read Thoughts 5-11.

Read Thoughts 12-18.

Read Thoughts 19-25.

5. The cupcake is the unofficial symbol of the diabetes community. Why? Because people with type 1 diabetes CAN eat them as long as they have insulin.

6. When at a birthday party and guessing carb counts, an average homemade cupcake or 3″ piece of cake has approximately 30-35 grams of carbs.

7. Children with type 1 diabetes often have a bedtime snack that includes protein. Protein and fat help carbs last a little longer rather than spiking quickly.

8. Chocolate is not recommended for treating low blood sugars because the fat slows it down. Sugary candy such as Skittles and Smarties are faster acting.

9. The sugar alcohols in sugar-free candy can cause gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, especially in younger kids. Regular candy may be a better option with insulin to cover it. It’s a myth that sugar-free is always better for people with diabetes.

10. Keep a running list of the serving sizes and carb counts of foods you eat/serve often so that you don’t have to look them up over and over again.

11. Pre-bolusing, or giving insulin for at least part of the meal up front can help reduce post prandial blood sugar spikes. The goal is to match the peaks of the insulin and the carbs.

26. When a child’s blood sugar is high or low, they may also have extreme emotions such as crying easily and being short-tempered.

27. When a child’s blood sugar is low it’s difficult for them to think. During a low blood sugar, the brain literally doesn’t have the fuel it needs to function properly.

28. Begin transitioning self-care to your child by teaching them age appropriate tasks such as checking their own blood sugars, counting carbs, or giving insulin.

29. Though you want your child to eventually self-manage their diabetes, take back over care if it becomes too much for them or they need a break. They have their entire life with diabetes ahead of them.

30. Diabetes is just one aspect of a child with type 1. Of course take care of their medical needs, but try to make them feel like a kid first and foremost.

Further Reading

Kids First, Diabetes Second Book

Diabetes Awareness Month Posts

World Diabetes Day Posts

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