Looking back before I became the mom of a child with Type 1 diabetes, I thought all diabetics were created equal. Cut out the sugar and exercise and everything would be hunky-dory. Now that I am the mom of a diabetic, I know better. Educating people about the differences in diabetes and the warning signs leading up […]
A happy balance in life makes for happy people. And balance can be especially important for children with diabetes, who need to combine the right amounts of exercise and nutrition to maintain good health. So . . . what are the “right” amounts? Exercise Children with diabetes should get a good session of heart-pumping exercise every […]
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.
Whether by birth or by lifestyle, diabetes has become a growing concern for children in the United States. In this video, Dr. Cydney Fenton, director of diabetes and endocrinology at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses the treatment and possible prevention of this chronic disease.