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Children and Diabetes

Finding out that your child has been diagnosed with diabetes can be very frightening and overwhelming. Children and their families have to go through a tremendous learning experience to help the child manage his or her diabetes. But kids are adaptable and kids with diabetes can have very normal childhoods with preparation and understanding.
  1. Preventing Type 2 Diabetes (0)
  2. Type 1 Diabetes (9)
  3. Type 2 Diabetes (6)

The 5 Basics of Diabetes Management for Kids with Type 1
There are five major areas that parents need to focus on when their child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Insulin, blood glucose levels, nutrition, exercise and hypoglycemic reactions are all important aspects of caring for a child with Type 1.

Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
Type 2 diabetes currently accounts for up to 50 of all new cases of diabetes in children. This is a significant increase from even a decade ago, when the majority of cases for pediatric diabetes were type 1 diabetes.

Exercise for Children With Type 2 Diabetes
Until the last 10 years or so, type 2 diabetes was rarely seen in children. But kids who have developed lifestyles of little exercise and poor diet who have become overweight as a result are also developing diabetes earlier in life.

Diabetes Camps for Kids
Diabetes camps are designed for children with diabetes. They’re meant to be safe places where kids can feel they are not alone in having diabetes.

Parents, Kids and Diabetes
The challenges faced by a parent who happens to have diabetes are not so different from the challenges faced by all parents. It’s just that the essential parenting tools – good communication, proper planning, honesty – need to be put to especially good use by the person with diabetes.

Kids with Diabetes and Halloween Treats
Halloween can be tricky for kids with diabetes. Exercise, food intake and insulin levels need to be balanced for good blood glucose control. Halloween opens a floodgate of tempting goodies that might be hard to resist, especially if other kids are enjoying the bounty.

Back to School Diabetes Check List
Getting children ready for the first day of school is not always the easiest thing to do. If your child has diabetes, it becomes even a little more complicated.

Family Vacation Plans with Type 1 Children
Traveling with kids is always challenging, but it can become even more complicated when your child has type 1 diabetes. An enjoyable vacation experience can be had with some advance planning and preparation.

Type 2 Diabetes and Kids
Type 2 diabetes used to be known as "adult onset" diabetes, occurring most often in people 40 year or older. Rising childhood obesity rates in recent years have caused a corresponding increase in previously "adult only" conditions. Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance as well as sleep apnea and gallbladder problems are found more often in overweight and obese kids than ever before.

Type 1 Teens and Learning to Drive
Learning to drive is a top priority during the teen years. Ask any teen about getting their license - most can't wait. Kids with type 1 diabetes, however, face a different kind of challenge when learning how to drive. Even though their diabetes might be in excellent control, there is always the chance for a hypoglycemic reaction.

Eating Disorders in Teens with Type 1 Diabetes
Studies have shown that eating disorders are twice as likely to occur in teenage girls with type 1 diabetes than in teens who do not have diabetes. To lose more weight, they may deliberately manipulate their insulin dosing to lose weight.

How to Keep Your Kids Diabetes-Free
Type 2 diabetes, long an "adult" disease, also is increasing among U.S., kids, too. Here's how to help your child stay healthy.

Tips For Your Child's Sick Days
When your child is sick with a stomach bug or flu, it's hard to keep a good diabetes schedule for eating and taking insulin, especially when he or she can't keep anything down. What's the best way to handle your child's short-term illness?

Type 1 Diabetes
An in-depth report on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of type 1 diabetes from A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center.

Causes of Type 1 Diabetes
A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center teaches about 1 diabetes. "It is usually a progressive autoimmune disease, in which the beta cells that produce insulin are slowly destroyed by the body's own immune system."

Life-Threatening Complications of Diabetes
A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center provides an outline of life-threatening diabetic emergencies including preventative measures, signs and symptoms, and emergency care.

Tests for Monitoring Diabetes
What tests need to be performed when your child has diabetes? A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center provides information on blood glucose monitoring and other necessary tests.

Resources for Diabetics on the Web
A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center provides a comprehensive list of diabetes resources on the internet.

Treatments and Goals for Type 1 Diabetes
Insulin is essential for strict control of blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes, which is now established as the best way to prevent major complications in type 1 diabetes, says A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center.

Back To School Plan For Children With Diabetes
When children have diabetes, there is a lot of planning involved in sending them back to school. So much of their care has to be coordinated with the school health personnel and teachers to ensure that they have a safe and healhty school environment. Here is 2 helpful "plans of action" to help parents coordinate comprehensive care for their child.

Visit the On Line Community for Kids, Families
Children With Diabetes is a great support site featuring a "Family Support Network" that helps parents and kids cope with diabetes from all aspects from the medical to the practical everyday living with the disease. A good source of information.

The Growing Trend of Type 2 Diabetes in Children
Type 2 diabetes is generally thought to be an adult disease, while most children are diagnosed with Type 1. However in recent years, more kids are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, due mainly in part to increased obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Parents can help their kids cope with diabetes. Kids can lead normal,healthy, productive lives while learning to manage the disease.

Children and Type I Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association has many practical tips for the newly diagnosed child with diabetes and the entire family.

Type 2 Diabetes and Children
Children and Type 2 diabetes - warning signs, tests, healthy eating, weight loss.

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