According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), in 2012, 29.1 million people had diabetes, and 8.1 million of them didn’t even know they had it. Managing you and your family’s diabetes can be a challenge.
Sometimes, you don’t realize the reach the disease can have on your health and your lives.
- These visual guides can help you understand the difference between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
- Your diabetes can affect your feet, eyes, and mouth. These guides tell you how diabetes affects them and ways to prevent problems.
- Controlling your blood sugar through an insulin-based treatment plan can be tricky, but these tips can help.
- Your blood sugar can also swing for reasons other than what you eat, so awareness is key.
- When you’re first diagnosed, insulin injections can be a scary part of dealing with your diabetes. This guide can help walk you through the process.
- You can also check out the YouTube video playlist Diabetes Basics from the ADA to learn more about how diabetes works and ways to protect yourself.
Your Family’s Diabetes
Of the 9.3% of the U.S. population who has diabetes, about 208,000 people are under age 20. And when you’re still growing up, the age difference can change the affects, both physically and emotionally.
The ADA’s page For Parents and Kids is a great place to start as you explore your child’s diabetes. Be Healthy Today; Be Healthy for Life is also an in-depth resource for kids and their families about living with type 2 diabetes.
The National Diabetes Education Program also has these PDFs of helpful info and tips written specifically for teens and their needs:
- What Is Diabetes?
- Stay at a Healthy Weight
- Make Healthy Food Choices
- Dealing With the Ups and Downs of Diabetes
The ADA also has a page, Everyday Life, that helps you find resources to help your kids live with diabetes through all the stages and events of life. Topics include leaving them with babysitters, telling others, playing sports, and even parties, dating, and driving.
Their YouTube channel also has a playlist of videos to help you make sure your kids are Safe at School.
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