Most people don’t think much about their lowly feet. That is, until there is a problem with them. And for a person with diabetes, foot problems can quickly become serious. By restricting blood flow, diabetes can cause a loss of feeling in the feet, and without sensation, it may be difficult to detect a cut or infection.
When it comes to sports and exercise, there’s no reason why your child with diabetes should sit on the sidelines – if he is otherwise healthy. In fact, you should encourage your child to be active because there are many benefits associated with exercise. By exercising, your child can lower blood sugar levels, control her weight, have more energy and endurance and boost his heart health.
It may seem counterintuitive, but low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) will affect children who have diabetes. The condition occurs when an individual has excessive insulin, perhaps as a result of taking too much insulin, skipping meals or exercising at a high level. If your child’s blood sugar drops too low, they can become unconscious and/or have a seizure.
As the parent of a child with diabetes, you may occasionally worry about emergencies or disaster scenarios. What if you’re without power for an extended period of time? What if your child’s school goes into lockdown?
For a child with diabetes, snacks offer a way to manage blood sugar between meals.
Type 2 diabetes has long been associated with adults. In fact, it used to be called adult-onset diabetes. But today, type 2 diabetes is increasingly seen in children, due in large part, to the dramatic rise in childhood obesity.