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Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Emotional Issues - Topic Overview

Teen with diabetes continued...

Teenagers have more control over their treatment, which can be both positive and negative. This independence gives parents a reprieve from constantly caring for their child. But it may be just as frightening to have your teen monitoring his or her own treatment.

  • Will your teen remember to eat?
  • Will your teen remember to take the shots?
  • Will your teen remember to test his or her blood sugar levels?

There are also the added challenges of a teen learning to drive, playing competitive sports, and going on weekend trips. You are not with your teen every moment to make sure he or she is following the diabetes treatment.

Your teen will have the normal rebellious tendencies of all teenagers. He or she will sometimes make mistakes. During these times, help your teen learn from the experience. Developing or having diabetes during the teenage years isn't easy. But your teen is at an excellent age to understand the disease and its treatment and to take over some of the responsibilities of his or her care.

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Last Updated: December 04, 2012
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