In the Spotlight: Supporting Your Newly Diagnosed Teen
Navigating the teenage years can be a bumpy ride for parents. So what happens when diabetes is added to the mix? The combination can create a wholly different situation than raising a teen who’s had type 1 his or her entire childhood. We asked experts — and experienced parents — to share their strategies; here’s a look at what works.
In the Spotlight: How Teen Hormones Affect Blood Sugar
Shortly after her son Alex turned 13, north Texas mom Tracie noticed a change in his blood sugar control. His numbers were running slightly high … almost all the time. “Because he was diagnosed at age 5, knowing when to test and how to cover carbs [with insulin] were both pretty old-hat by the time … Read More »
In the Spotlight: Driving With Type 1 Diabetes
When a teen with type 1 diabetes is training to get his or her license, learning safe driving involves more than just pointers on parallel parking or correctly using turn signals. Managing blood sugar while behind the wheel is a serious safety issue for both the driver him- or herself and everyone else on the … Read More »
In the Spotlight: 5 Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters
As a T1D parent, you’re not only worried about nutrition, but also what to do if you’ve given insulin for a certain amount of food and your child refuses to eat it. Luckily, the best advice for parents of picky eaters is universal. Here are one expert’s top five tips.
In the Spotlight: Managing the Stress of a New Diagnosis
Stephanie’s husband, Dan, has had type 1 diabetes for decades, so she’s familiar with the disease and its management and takes the lifestyle in stride. Still, when her son Jonathan, 14, was diagnosed three years ago, she says she went into a tailspin. “I had gone through diabetes with my husband for years, but it’s … Read More »
In the Spotlight: Getting Involved
Looking for a more meaningful New Year’s resolution than just hitting the gym or saving money? Consider putting “give back” on your list of goals this year. Take a cue from Keegan. Last year the 9-year-old with type 1 diabetes took on a new challenge. He participated in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, … Read More »
In the Spotlight: Birthday Parties and Classroom Parties
Clamoring children, happy chaos, hours of over-the-top excitement, and an overload of straight-sugar goodies — and there, in the middle of it all, is your blissfully distracted child, perhaps in the care of adults you may not know very well. A birthday bash can seem like a perilous tightrope walk for the parents of a … Read More »