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  1. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Prevention

    Learn ways to help prevent complications from type 1 diabetes in children.

  2. Type 1 Diabetes - Other Treatment

    People who have type 1 diabetes need to avoid products that promise a 'cure.' None exists. They also need to avoid products for diabetes that are advertised by testimonials without a sound medical basis.

  3. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Topic Overview

    This topic provides information about type 2 diabetes in children.

  4. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Surgery

    When obesity is severe in older adolescents with type 2 diabetes, gastric bypass or other similar surgery may be considered as a last resort.

  5. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when to call a doctor about type 1 diabetes in children.

  6. Type 1 Diabetes - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if: A person is losing consciousness or becomes unconscious and you notice that his or her breath has a fruity odor. He or she may have the life - threatening chemical imbalance diabetic ketoacidosis.

  7. Diabetes Guide - Symptoms

    Many women are surprised to learn they have gestational diabetes because they have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms from gestational diabetes, they may include:Increased thirst.Increased urination.Increased hunger.Blurred vision.Pregnancy causes most women to have to urinate more often and to feel more hungry, so having these symptoms does not always mean that a woman has gestational ...

  8. Type 1 Diabetes: Your Child's Role in Care - Topic Overview

    Children with diabetes should participate in their treatment to the extent that is fitting for their age and experience with the disease. Toddlers and preschool-aged children usually aren't able to do tasks for diabetes care such as giving insulin or checking blood sugar. As children get older,they generally cooperate with these tasks. Children in elementary school can cooperate in all tasks ...

  9. Diabetes in Children: Special Camps - Topic Overview

    Camps for children who have diabetes provide an opportunity for the child to meet and share experiences with other children who have the disease. These camps support the child in assuming responsibility for his or her disease and gaining independence in diabetes care. It's also a fun outdoor experience that may include swimming, hiking, or other sports. Camps provide a respite for parents, a time when they can take a break from managing the disease. Parents can rest assured that their child will get appropriate care during this time at camp.These camps are run by trained medical and camp staff. They aim to keep children's blood sugar levels within a target range by balancing insulin doses with the increased activity level and food intake.What you doTo help your child have a good experience at camp:Make sure the camp is accredited by the American Camping Association.Review the camp policies. Camp policies include management of your child's diabetes care, management of other medical

  10. Sick-Day Guidelines for People With Diabetes - Topic Overview

    What happens when you are sickWhen you are sick, your body reacts by releasing hormones to fight infection. However, these hormones raise blood sugar levels and at the same time make it more difficult for insulin to lower blood sugar. When you have diabetes, even a minor illness can lead to dangerously high blood sugar. This may cause life - threatening complications, such as diabetic ketoacidosis

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