Students with diabetes can eat the same healthy diet that everyone 'should' eat. Large amount of some foods (such as sugar & carbohydrates) that are not covered with injectable insulin can be harmful over time for students with diabetes. If you see a diabetic student eating an occasional cupcake or candy, it’s ok. However, large amounts of sugar/carbohydrates every day can lead to long term health problems. Most times students with diabetes will be covering their sugar or carbohydrate intake with injectable insulin. Please check with your school nurse if you have a health observations or concern. Some teens with type 1 diabetes check in with the school nurse at least once per day if not 2-3 times.
Living with Diabetes
Most teens living with Type 1 diabetes either have a continuous insulin pump or give themselves insulin injections. Everyday (no vacation!) diabetic teens endure needle sticks 4-8+ times per day. Some nights they must wake up through out the night for blood sugar maintenance. Patience and understanding of “Living With Diabetes” is greatly appreciated. I honestly don't know how teens living with diabetes do it! But they do. Most adapt and move forward with the never ending injections, carbohydrate counting, doctor appointments, occasional lack of sleep, blood sugar testing and every day life of attending school as a teen.
Please know the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia in case a student needs your assistance and talk to them with privacy in mind. Teens are appreciative that you are looking out for them and learn best when they feel safe and respected. Middle schools students (especially) with diabetes value their independence and want to “fit in”. Discretion via talking privately with the school nurse, student or family is a must for a teens healthy identity and over all compliance with diabetic care.
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