Having a child with diabetes can create some questions and concerns. There are many resources available; however, to help parents and caregivers provide the proper care to help a child live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
This summer as you enjoy the weather and become more active outside with your family and friends, it's important to protect your health. Here are some tips to be safe from your head to your feet:
Doctors and researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass., have been on the cutting edge of diabetes-related eye disease prevention since its inception. Joslin has set standards across the world for eye care and treatment and doctors recommend taking a three-pronged approach to preserving your vision:
Maintain excellent A1C levels
Keep blood pressure and other health factors in check.
Be vigilant in getting eyes checked annually through a dilated eye exam (where the doctor places drops in your eyes) or specially validated photographs of your retinas (the inside of the eyes).
Watch as Dr. Deborah K. Schlossman discusses some ways to maintain healthy vision.
Hypoglycemia can occur when your blood sugar (glucose) is too low which could lead to some potential problems. Doctors at the Joslin Diabetes Center explain the symptoms, causes and factors leading to hypoglycemia.
Blood glucose monitoring refers to the ongoing measurement of blood sugar (glucose) which can be done at any time of the day. One should try to test at specific times and at the same time each day. By monitoring your blood sugar, you'll start to see patterns that will help you plan meals, activities and more. Here's additional information to help you with this important daily task:
Watch the video on the importance of blood glucose monitoring.
Q: Do I need special permission to take syringes and other diabetic supplies on a plane or cruise ship?
A: Yes, there are certain U.S. federal regulations that must be observed when traveling with certain drugs and supplies, including syringes. These regulations are spelled out by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a component of the Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for security of the nation's transportation systems. Continue
Q: Should I keep my insulin refrigerated at all times?
A: You don't have to keep insulin in the refrigerator at all times, despite recommendations made by the manufacturers. Injecting cold insulin can be uncomfortable. To avoid painful cold injections, you can store the most current bottle of insulin at room temperature. Continue
Joslin Diabetes Center experts answer commonly asked questions about diabetes monitoring, treatment, self-care, meal planning and more.
Q: I've heard that people with diabetes shouldn't wear sandals or go barefoot. My feet are healthy, and I check them every day for cuts or redness. I live in the Southwest, where it's pretty hot most of the year. Do I really have to not wear sandals?
In general, people living with diabetes are advised to not wear sandals or go barefoot. People often don't realize that having diabetes puts them at higher risk for foot complications due to a combination of factors such as poor circulation, high blood glucose levels, and neuropathy (lessened nerve sensation and loss of feeling). Continue
Q: Type 2 diabetes runs in my family. I have it, and I worry that my 12-year-old son will get it, too. He's overweight and pretty inactive. Is there anything we can do to help him avoid getting it?
Indeed, diabetes can run in families, which means your son does have a higher risk of getting diabetes at some point later in life. The good news is that there are steps your child can take to reduce those risks, such as increasing physical activity and losing a moderate amount of weight. Continue
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