Summary: Hear the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommended standards of care for children and adolescents, read why a family approach might be helpful for kids with type 1 diabetes, and see firsthand what it looks like to have a low blood sugar when you are on air.
Here are three articles I thought you might find interesting…
Children and Adolescents: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2018
“It is essential that diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES), medical nutrition therapy, and psychosocial support be provided at diagnosis and regularly thereafter in a developmentally appropriate format that builds on prior knowledge by individuals experienced with the educational, nutritional, behavioral, and emotional needs of the growing child and family. The appropriate balance between adult supervision and independent self-care should be defined at the first interaction and reevaluated at subsequent visits. The balance between adult supervision and independent self-care will evolve as the adolescent gradually becomes an emerging young adult.”
Read “Children and Adolescents: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2018” at Diabetes Care.
The Family Approach to Diabetes Management
“Family dynamics have been shown to have an impact on diabetes management and metabolic control in children and adolescents. This article discusses the use of a novel approach to working with adolescents and their families, which has had positive clinical results in terms of both management behaviors and metabolic control.”
Read “The Family Approach to Diabetes Management: Theory Into Practice Toward the Development of a New Paradigm” at Diabetes Spectrum.
“My on air Type-1 diabetes nightmare”
“BBC newsreader Alex Ritson was reading the news live on BBC radio when he experienced a severe hypoglycemic attack. This can happen to people with type 1 diabetes whose bodies suddenly experience a lack of sugar. When this happens, the body suffers from the equivalent of low batteries and ‘switches off’ functionality from many areas, in particular, key bits of the brain. Alex explains more about the condition and how he recovered.”
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