That’s because each additional hour of sleep children get at night is associated with a lower body weight, more lean muscle mass and less accumulation of sugars in the blood, researchers report in Pediatrics. Obesity and elevated blood sugar are risk factors for type 2 diabetes, which happens when the body can’t properly use or make enough of the hormone insulin to convert blood sugar into energy.
Candy may be a big part of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean children with diabetes can’t partake in the holiday.
Ghosts, ghouls and goblins aren’t the scariest part of Halloween if your child has diabetes. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American spends more than $20 on Halloween candy, with total national spending clocking in at more than $2 billion. But the holiday’s sugary nature doesn’t mean your child can’t participate—follow the simple solutions below to safely navigate the festivities.
Make a plan
Determine how much candy your child is allowed to keep and eat on Halloween, and adjust their meal plan based on the number of carbohydrates they’ll be consuming. Check out the JDRF website for a handy list of common Halloween candy carb values. Joslin Diabetes Center also suggests including your child in the planning process so they know what to expect and can contribute ideas for what to do with extra goodies.
Take the focus off sweets by encouraging your child to select or create a costume they’re really enthusiastic about. To protect feet make sure they’re wearing close-toed shoes and moisture-wicking socks.
Because trick-or-treating can mean a lot of walking, be prepared for fluctuations in blood glucose levels by packing a healthy snack, such as dried apple slices or a rice cake with peanut butter. Having healthy options on hand means kids will be less tempted to sneak candy.
When the last trick-or-treater rings your bell, chances are that you’ll be left with excess sweets, so choosing the right candy to pass out is essential. Hard candy, gumdrops or lollipops are good options because they can be used to treat glucose lows throughout the year, unlike high-fat treats like chocolate.
Dealing with extra candy
After your child enjoys the agreed-upon number of sweets, put away the remainder and work it into their diets in the following months, perhaps including a piece or two with lunch. Additional options including letting your child exchange candy for a treat, such as a toy, special dinner or fun activity, or donating leftovers to a local community group.
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Summer can be a fun time, but if you have diabetes, there are some potential dangers with the warmer weather. Use these tips to help you stay safe.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to ensure you’re staying safe during the warmer part of the year. Use these tips to help you enjoy the summer months while keeping your diabetes under control.
- Prevent dehydration. Warmer weather coupled with high blood sugar can cause dehydration faster. To avoid this, it’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day during summer months and avoid sugary drinks such as carbonated beverages.
- Avoid alcohol. Alcohol makes it harder for your body to regulate its temperature, which can make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion or dehydration.
- Plan exercise and outdoor activities carefully. It is recommended to plan these activities in the cooler parts of the day such as the early morning or late evening. With the longer days, you have more sunlight later in the day to enjoy the outdoors more safely anyway!
- Dress appropriately. If you are going to be outside, make sure you wear clothing that allows sweat to evaporate more easily, keeping you cool. And, for those with insulin pumps, here’s some summer fashion tips.
- Test your blood sugar. If you are going to be outdoors for extended periods of time, make sure you are checking your blood sugar levels since low and high blood sugar can be caused by the hotter weather.
- Recognize and treat heat exhaustion. If you have diabetes, you are at a greater risk for heat exhaustion if you’re exposed to higher temperatures for a longer period of time and don’t replace the fluids you lose. Typical symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps and nausea.
- Avoid heat stroke. If you start to experience any heat exhaustion symptoms, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids, find a shady place to rest and take a cool shower or bath. If your symptoms do not subside, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
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My name is Liz Sacco and I am a mother of four lovable and energetic boys. In March of 2011 my oldest son David was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Prior to his diagnosis, I had not had anyone close to me living with this disease. As a family, we were faced with a lot of unknowns. In the process of adjusting our lifestyle, and David’s remarkable resolve to living with diabetes, I soon realized there was a constant struggle in finding a clean and easy way for him to remove the excess blood from his finger after blood glucose testing. As anyone with diabetes can tell you, testing your blood sugar levels is a regular part of every day. With David being a young and active boy, he tests his blood minimally six times a day. I attempted to find an efficient solution to help simplify his testing routine. I tried placing a travel size Kleenex in his case, which was much too cumbersome. I put a single tissue in his case, which wastefully he would throw out after just one use. I felt not only were we trying to balance his new lifestyle, but we had an added aggravation with where to wipe his finger after the blood glucose testing. Being a typical nine year old boy, David resorted to wiping his finger on the inside of his case or on his clothes. Two years later, with testing his blood minimally six times a day, that adds up to over 4000 pieces of stained clothes and a very blood soaked case!
After diligently searching for two years for a solution to this simple problem, I decided to develop Diabetic Dabs™. I started my company with the hopes of making a positive impact in the lives of those living with diabetes. As a member of the diabetes community, I am passionate about helping to simplify and improve the lives of families like ours. As such, a portion of the proceeds from Diabetic Dabs™ will be donated to diabetes research.
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Transitioning your child to an insulin pump can be an overwhelming experience, but very beneficial in the long run given the flexibility a pump offers
Transitioning your child to an insulin pump can be overwhelming, but the long-term benefits are tremendous and there are many resources available to help both you and your child navigate the change. Here are some tips to help you through the transition.
- Communicate. The most important thing you need to remember during this change is to communicate clearly to your child that the transition to an insulin pump is a good thing! The pump will allow your child more flexibility with meals, snacks, exercise, sleeping and more. Your picky eater can skip a meal or even have a snack as the pump allows for better control of blood glucose levels. You and your child can also choose together when to eat, when to exercise and when to sleep.
- Convenience and Comfort. With a pump, your child can leave the embarrassing days of syringe handling behind. With a pump, insulin intake is easy and discreet. It can be done anywhere, at any time, since the process is very simple. After your child checks his or her blood sugar, he or she presses a few buttons and insulin is automatically delivered to the body. This can be particularly useful if your child has eaten more than originally planned since extra insulin can be taken with just the press of a button. Also, with a pump, there is less pain involved as daily individual injections are eliminated.
- Improvement. A very important observation to make regarding this transition is that insulin pump therapy often results in a significant improvement in blood sugar levels, which can be sustained over many years.
- Patience. It is important to realize that helping your child make this transition will take time as your child adjusts to the new system. While the transition will take time, the benefits and peace of mind will be worth the effort.
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If you are concerned that your child might have Type 1 diabetes, use these warning signs to help you recognize a potential diagnosis.
Diabetes in children is unfortunately all too common. The condition occurs when a child’s pancreas no longer produces the insulin and , in order to survive, insulin must come from an alternative source. It can sometimes be difficult to recognize diabetes in your child, given most kids who have diabetes do not have another family member with it. If you are concerned your child might have diabetes or if you’re a cautious parent, use these warning signs to help you recognize a potential Type 1 diabetes diagnosis in your child.
Weight loss. This might seem contradictory to your pre-conceived ideas around diabetes, but in children, rapid weight loss can be the first sign of Type 1 diabetes, despite eating more than usual to relieve hunger.
Constantly thirsty. This condition happens because a child with undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes is constantly having fluid pulled from their body tissues as their blood-glucose levels rise. The result is extreme thirst. Another indicator is that your child may especially crave sweet, cold drinks.
Frequent bathroom trips. If you’re noticing your child take more bathroom trips than normal, this can also be a telling sign of Type 1 diabetes. Urination is more frequent when there is too much glucose in the blood.
Fatigue. Becoming easily tired can occur quickly if your child’s cells are deprived of sugar. This is another warning sign.
Irritability or unusual behavior. Children with Type 1 diabetes can become moody or irritable quickly as a result of unbalanced and/or low glucose levels in their system.
If you recognize any or all of these signs in your child, you should consult your healthcare provider immediately.
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If your child is diagnosed with diabetes, learn how to manage the diagnosis with tips and resources that will help your child continue to live a normal, happy and healthy life.
Having a child diagnosed with diabetes can be very overwhelming, scary, intimidating and challenging. However, you are not alone. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, there are approximately 3 million Americans living with diabetes and 15 percent of them are children or adolescents. Whether you’re scared or uncertain, here is what’s happening:
Your child’s pancreas is no longer producing insulin and he or she must provide it to their body to regulate blood sugar either through an injection or a pump. This must be done properly to avoid long term damage such as kidney failure. However, diabetes is manageable and there are numerous support organizations and educational resources available to help you and your family manage the diagnosis. Immediately following the diagnosis, use these steps to help you and your child adjust to a new lifestyle.
- Get an education. You and your child should fully understand what diabetes is. Meet the members of your child’s diabetes care team and start to learn how to manage the diagnosis. This is called diabetes education. This team of professionals normally includes a doctor, nurse, dietitian and a social worker, who will explain to you specific items and processes that will be important for you to know in order to help your child manage his or her condition. It includes how to accurately measure blood glucose/sugar levels, inject insulin, and how to plan meals. It’s important to work closely with this team.
- Make decisions. Once you have a solid understanding of the daily changes your child needs to make in order to adjust, you will now have to make a few decisions for your child including choosing between an insulin pump or insulin injections. Your child’s healthcare team may think an insulin pump is a good choice, given a pump allows you to easily adjust insulin intake right away. This is particularly important for children managing diabetes because it allows for spontaneity such as snacks or skipping meals. This flexibility also means your child can get more exercise, which helps his or her body respond better to insulin and blood sugar control.
- Find support. It’s important to know that there is ongoing support available through organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. The ADA provides information to help children and their families adjust to life with diabetes. You may also find it helpful to connect with other parents who have a child with diabetes.
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Transitioning to an insulin pump from injection therapy is a significant change, but can provide many benefits and improve your overall health.
Moving from insulin injections to a pump is a big transition, but a smart decision given the many benefits a pump provides. Even though injections are less expensive and require less education, there are still many benefits that an insulin pump provides. Here are a few of the changes to expect:
- Better control
An insulin pump gives you the opportunity to have better control of your blood sugar by continuously delivering insulin causing fewer highs and lows in glucose levels. In addition, insulin delivery through a pump is more accurate and precise.
- More flexibility
Insulin pumps offer you more freedom with what you eat and allowing you the ability to exercise without having to eat a large amount of carbohydrates.
- Less resistance
If you are currently using injections, you may develop less resistant areas of your body where the insulin will not absorb properly.
- Less painful
With a pump, you may have one injection every three days versus roughly 15-18 injections in a three-day person with injection therapy.
Once you have made the decision to transition, you might experience a few challenges. Here’s what to expect and how to manage those challenges.
- Overall well-being. After the physical transition, an insulin pump will improve your overall health and can make you feel better on a consistent basis. With a moderated blood sugar level, your overall daily routine should improve.
- Appearance. Since you will have a physical pump hanging from your side, this will be something for you to consider how to transition. If you are concerned with how to hide the pump, we recommend trying a few different things to figure out what works for you. Fastening the pump on belt loops and using pockets can all help you find a workable solution.
- Patience is key. You must be patient with the transition process and realize that it can take several months before you are comfortable using your pump. Your body will take time to adjust to the new system.
The pump is not for everyone, just like injection therapy is not the best solution for all. When you decide to move to an insulin pump, it’s important to work with your healthcare provider to learn how to program your insulin pump, insert your infusion set and learn how to problem-solve any issues you may have with your pump as well as your glucose levels. You can also find a workshop that can help you better understand the features of your pump and help you gain better control of your glucose levels. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your healthcare provider.
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Transitioning from insulin injections to an insulin pump can help you better maintain your child’s diabetes while adding significant convenience and spontaneity to your daily schedule.
Every parent knows that maintaining a regular schedule for their child is challenging. Add diabetes management to the mix and the difficulty can arise exponentially. Transitioning from injections to an insulin pump can resolve many of your child’s needs with ease.
Advantages of Insulin Pumps
Insulin pumps are the closest device available to simulate a healthy pancreas. While nothing yet can take the place of the organ nature provides, insulin pumps do have many advantages. They have the ability to deliver precise amounts of insulin to the body in two important ways that make them superior to typical insulin injections. Basil insulin therapy delivers a small amount of insulin under the skin continuously, and can be separately programmed to account for daily sleep and low activity periods. Insulin pumps also provide bolus therapy to deliver insulin for meals and snacks or anytime blood glucose levels get too high.
· Life without schedules: Pumps allow you to easily adjust insulin intake immediately. Spontaneity can become a part of your child’s life while they still maintain good control of blood glucose levels. This includes flexibility with meals. Your finicky eater can skip a meal or even have a snack. This freedom also means your child can get more exercise which helps his/her body respond better to insulin and blood sugar control.
· Healthier pancreas, healthier life: because insulin pumps deliver more accurate doses than injections, insulin levels are more consistent, which can lower your child’s A1C. Maintaining normal blood glucose can also significantly decrease nerve disease, kidney disease, and diabetic eye disease. Also, studies indicate that users of insulin pumps worry less about their insulin therapy.
Tips for Adjusting to an Insulin Pump
Many parents have found creative ways to make getting started fun. Where you attach your child’s insulin pump will depend on his age. Avoid inserting it near the waistband of pants which will cause discomfort as it rubs against the pump. Tuck in the tubing so it doesn’t catch. Tee-shirts, Pump Paks, and Hook Paks make it easy to conceal the pump from view. Using a liquid adhesive such as Mastisol may help the pump stay in place.
Insulin pumps can significantly improve convenience in your child’s life. With various ways to wear the pump unnoticed while delivering the precise amount of insulin needed, your child is able to get insulin even when you can’t be with him to deliver an injection. Focus Express Mail Pharmacy is ready to help you make the transition today. For more information, call, toll-free, 1-866-403-6287 or visit us at www.FocusPharmacy.com