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Heading Back to School with Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases among children. For parents of children with diabetes getting ready for the upcoming school year not only means buying school supplies such as backpacks, pencil, notebook, etc. but also diabetes supplies to keep their children safe at school and during school events.

Here are steps you can take to keep your children safe:

1. Notify the school right away if your child has diabetes.
2. Develop a Diabetes Medical Management Plan.
3. Meet with your child school nurse to go over your child health plan.
4. Have a low blood sugar rescue box “Low Box” (items to bring blood glucose levels into range). It will hold anything from juice boxes to fruit snacks to diabetes supplies, i.e., glucose meter, test strips, glucagon pen and lancing device, etc.
5. Be an active member of the school health team.

 

The American Diabetes Association has a “Safe at School” webinar.

Register for the Back-to-School Advocacy Webinar for Parents of Children with Diabetes held Thursday, August 10th, 2017!
Click here to register: https://cc.callinfo.com/registration/#/?meeting=1k4dpjva34elf&campaign=1v1a6xhga6hc4

 

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Diabetes On The Rise

According to a new report out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes in America could double or triple in cases over the next 40 years. It is reported that by 2050 one in three adults will have the disease, and primarily type 2 diabetes.
More and more people are contracting diabetes due to the way they are treating their bodies. Obesity has become a huge problem (no pun intended) in America.
There is also the fact that people are living longer with diabetes by staying compliant with their medications and having more control over their blood sugar levels. Doctors can also diagnose diabetes earlier on. The increasing number of overweight Americans has become a contributing factor to the rise of type 2 diabetes.
With side effects such as kidney failure, amputations, strokes, heart attacks, etc.. It is important to do everything you can to avoid getting this disease. Prevention is of course the best option, but if you already have diabetes the best thing to do is take your medication on time, and work on eating healthy and staying fit.