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December 2013

Holiday Classic: A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child's Christmas Angel

(Editor's Note:This article originally ran in Diabetes Health on January 27, 2008.)

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2013

October 2013

A DH Classic: Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

(Editor's Note: We originally published this article in October 2008. Laura Plunkett's observations are timeless, and her comments elicited several interesting responses from readers.)

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 25, 2013

May 2013

New Website Aims at Type 1 Teens

When Tommy Kelley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago, while he was in eighth grade, he had a hard time finding information that related to him.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 2, 2013

April 2013

Kids’ Meals Low on Nutrients

If you and your family eat a lot of meals out, you may not be getting enough nutrients. That's especially true when it comes to the kids, according to a new study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 29, 2013

Teens’ Negative Body Images Play Role in Later Adult Obesity

If you're concerned about your teen's extra pounds, it might be a good idea to keep those concerns to yourself and enforce some healthier eating habits instead.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 23, 2013

December 2012

Children with Diabetes, You Are My True Inspiration

Jay Hewitt is 41 years old and has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1991. He is an elite Ironman triathlete (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run) and three-time member of the U.S. National Team for Long Course Triathlon. He is a lawyer, the father of a 16-month-old daughter, and a motivational speaker. He speaks to people with diabetes and others all over the world on fitness, nutrition, and achieving goals in life and business. Jay is also captain of Team Joslin at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA. Visit Jay's website at www.jayhewitt.com.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 12, 2012

Molly Martin, Motocross Racer

Molly Martin is a vibrant and energetic 18-year-old from Texas who's had type 1 diabetes since the age of two. Five years ago, Molly took up motocross racing. She says, "I love riding motocross---it's just you and the bike. I feel free when I ride, like I don't have to think about diabetes. I do have to make sure that I test before I get on and during breaks, to make sure my sugar is doing what it's supposed to be doing. But when I get out there, it's just me and the bike, going."

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 7, 2012

November 2012

Diabetes Heroes Come In All Ages

Last summer, I led the third annual swim-run biathlon for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, which hosts two Massachusetts camps for children with type 1-Camp Joslin for boys and Camp Clara Barton for girls. It was at Camp Joslin that I met a memorable eight-year-old boy who exemplifies what being a diabetes hero is all about. I'll call him "Adam.'

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 29, 2012

July 2011

Before Disaster Strikes

With severe weather predicted for Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Meredith Cummings thought carefully about where to park her car-eyeing the large trees in her historic neighborhood-when she arrived home on the afternoon of April 27. As she walked to her door, she reassured herself: Those trees had been there for more than 100 years. What were the odds of them coming down today?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 22, 2011

Once a Spokesperson for Juvenile Diabetes, Erin Now Suffers From Diabulimia

Erin lay on a bed in the emergency room, finally serious about getting help. Her second episode of diabetic ketoacidosis in a single year had sent her to the hospital shaking and vomiting. For the past seven years, she had been driven by one desire: to lose forty pounds. She refused to give herself her full dose of insulin, fearing weight gain. She hadn't seen her endocrinologist or checked her blood sugar for a year or two.

comments 6 comments - Posted Jul 18, 2011

June 2011

Father's Day Reflections

With Father's Day just around the corner, I thought it would be nice to stop for a moment and reflect on what dads do for us, especially dads who have diabetic children. The pressure and emotional aspects of diabetes can be overwhelming, not to mention the stress it can put on a family. For every needle prick, shot, and counted carb my father (and mother) helped me with, I want to say thanks.

comments 21 comments - Posted Jun 19, 2011

May 2011

Molly Martin, Motocross Racer

Molly Martin is a vibrant and energetic 18-year-old from Texas who's had type 1 diabetes since the age of two. Five years ago, Molly took up motocross racing. She says, "I love riding motocross---it's just you and the bike. I feel free when I ride, like I don't have to think about diabetes. I do have to make sure that I test before I get on and during breaks, to make sure my sugar is doing what it's supposed to be doing. But when I get out there, it's just me and the bike, going."

comments 1 comment - Posted May 5, 2011

April 2011

Chase Pelletier, Competitive Kart Racer

Chase Pelletier is an up-and-coming kart racer from Canada who is 14 years old. When he got type 1 diabetes just before his eleventh birthday, he recalls, "It was pretty overwhelming at first. But me and my family decided early on that we're not going to get down on diabetes in general, and we're going to try to think of positive ways to deal with it."

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2011

Store Your Teeth in a Stem Cell Bank

Every year four million baby teeth fall out, and 1.4 million wisdom teeth are pulled out of our collective mouth. Until recently, the only entity really interested in all those teeth was the tooth fairy. But all that changed in the year 2000, with the discovery that dental pulp contains adult stem cells. In the not-too-distant future, those stem cells might be used for growing new islet cells to cure diabetes. The problem is, how to keep the teeth nice and fresh until that hoped-for day. That's where Provia Laboratories comes in, with their Store-A-Tooth service.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 24, 2011

It’s Fun to Fend Off Pre-Diabetes at the (New York) YMCA!

If you have pre-diabetes and live in any of the five boroughs of New York City, get ready to learn a new acronym: YDPP. The initials stand for YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, a public-private partnership under which New Yorkers can get enroll in a comprehensive low-cost diabetes prevention program at one of  the city's 27 YMCA branches and affiliates.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 12, 2011

Jeff and Natalie Kolok: The Definition of Parenting

Jeff and Natalie Kolok live in northwestern Vermont with their three children: Naomi, 16, and Johanna and Nicholas, each ten years old. Both Johanna and Nicholas have type 1 diabetes, Johanna since age four and Nick since age six.  

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 7, 2011

February 2011

Tyler Stevenson on Going Away to College with Diabetes

When a young person with type 1 diabetes leaves home for the first time, it's often a difficult adjustment for the parents as well as their child. Tyler Stevenson is 20 years old, in his second year at Florida State. This is what he told us about his life in college with diabetes.

comments 3 comments - Posted Feb 22, 2011

Tyler's Ten Objectives for Staying Healthy

Everywhere you look, there seems to be a great tasting high carb meal, dessert, or snack staring back at you. While away at college last fall, I found a t-shirt picturing a cupcake above a skull and crossbones. For me, that image really sums up how we need to deal with being diabetic while being constantly tempted by sugary treats.

comments 4 comments - Posted Feb 16, 2011

Last Patient Completes the EU Phase III Study of Diamyd® Antigen Based Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes

The final patient has performed the last visit of the main study period in Diamyd Medical's European Phase III study. Treatment with the antigen based therapy Diamyd® is made to investigate whether beta cell function and thereby blood sugar control can be preserved in children and adolescents with new onset type 1 diabetes. The top line results from this study are expected to be reported as planned, in late spring 2011.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 15, 2011

January 2011

President Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Into Law

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 represents a major step forward in our nation's effort to provide all children with healthy food in schools. Increasingly schools are playing a central role in children's health. Over 31 million children receive meals through the school lunch program and many children receive most, if not all, of their meals at school. With over seventeen million children living in food insecure households and one out of every three children in America now considered overweight or obese, schools often are on the front lines of our national challenge to combat childhood obesity and improve children's overall health. This legislation includes significant improvements that will help provide children with healthier and more nutritious food options, educate children about making healthy food choices, and teach children healthy habits that can last a lifetime. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 4, 2011

December 2010

February Launch of Childhood Obesity Program at R.I. YMCAs Could Set National Standard

Starting in February, Rhode Island's eight YMCAs will participate in JOIN, a 24-week research study on ways to help obese children and teenagers achieve healthier weight. If it meets its goals, it could become the prototype for a nationwide program that would have a direct effect on the treatment of pre-diabetes in children.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 31, 2010

JDRF Applauds Congress for Passage of $300 Million for Type 1 Diabetes Research and Thanks Supporters for Advocacy Efforts for Special Diabetes Program Renewal

"Congress passed a multi-year renewal of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), ensuring that studies on promising diabetes treatments and avenues toward a cure continue uninterrupted. As the father of a son living with type 1 diabetes, and as CEO of JDRF, one of the leading advocates for the renewal of this program, I applaud the U.S. government for its continued commitment to end this disease.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 13, 2010

Nick Jonas' Holiday Dog Tag Challenge

This holiday season, Nick and Bayer have issued a dog tag challenge!  You can help them reach the goal of 50,000 tags by purchasing one for yourself or giving one as a gift this holiday season.  Proceeds from each tag sold will go to the Jonas Brothers Change for the Children Foundation to help others.

comments 3 comments - Posted Dec 8, 2010

November 2010

Abdominal Pain in Children May be Linked to Fructose Intake

It's a pretty common complaint heard in households around the country: "My tummy hurts." Parents and teachers have been battling this complaint for decades, with children insisting that they are in pain and having no explanation why.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 8, 2010

October 2010

Exercise Often Raises Blood Glucose in Type 1 Diabetes

Regular physical activity and exercise are recommended for the general population for overall improved health. However, exercise of moderate intensity increases the risk of hypoglycemia during and following exertion in those with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Accordingly, exercise guidelines for T1DM focus on prevention of exercise-induced hypoglycemia.

comments 3 comments - Posted Oct 31, 2010

Diabetes Alert Dogs

Tarra Robinson was afraid that she was going to lose her job. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 18 months old, Tarra had recently developed hypoglycemic unawareness, which  affects about 17% of type 1 diabetics. Tarra was passing out at work, and once she even crashed her car when her blood sugar dropped unexpectedly. She went on a pump and tried a CGM, but nothing seemed to help. She was still having frequent, dangerous lows.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 28, 2010

Vitamin D Linked to Childhood Obesity

Michelle Obama recently announced that she plans to eliminate childhood obesity in a generation. If all goes according to her plan, childhood obesity will have dropped from the current rate of 32 percent to a rate of 5 percent by 2030. That rate of 32 percent translates to over 25 million obese children and adolescents, so a lot of attention has been given to examining the direct causes of childhood obesity, the factors that contribute, and the best ways to eliminate it altogether.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 14, 2010

Let's Move Campaign

Earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama announced an ambitious goal: to erase childhood obesity within a generation. If she is successful, the childhood obesity rate will be only 5 percent by 2030, down from the current rate of 32 percent. Ambitious? Yes. Impossible? Not according to her plan.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 13, 2010

September 2010

"What's For Dinner?"

"What's for dinner?" is a commonly asked question in many households.  As children, spouses, friends, and others stream into your home after work, school, or a day of errands, they are eager to sit down, enjoy a meal, and unwind.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 22, 2010

Kids and Diabetes Risk: Do Chromosomes Hold New Clues?

Children who have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes might be identified earlier by way of tell-tale genetic indicators known as biomarkers. Some of those new biomarkers might be pinpointed in research led by Nancy F. Butte and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's National Institutes of Health.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 22, 2010

Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon Launch Global Nutrition Initiatives

NEW YORK (Sept. 21, 2010) - Millions of children's lives could be saved as a result of the long-awaited global focus on nutrition announced today, Save the Children said.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 21, 2010

From Helpless to Heroic: A Parent's Guide to Changing the Statistics One Child at a Time

I was reading the latest issue of one of my parenting magazines when I came across an article on children and food.  The author suggested offering dessert only two to three times a week instead of every day.  I laughed aloud.   

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 18, 2010

The Highs and Lows of Going Back to School

Going back to school can be a little scary for someone with diabetes. There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to making it through the school day without having problems with your blood sugar levels. In school, we strive for that all important "A" on a test; to score 100. The same is true about blood sugar/glucose levels; the closer I come to keeping my blood sugar level at "100," the better for my health and the better for my grades; high and low blood sugars aren't helpful in keeping a clear, quick-thinking mind. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 10, 2010

Even Before Recession, 14 Million Kids 'Underinsured'

Even prior to the onset of the economic recession in 2008, nearly one in four American parents with health insurance reported that their coverage was so inadequate they were unable to access the medical care their children needed.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 2, 2010

August 2010

THE Diabetes Dude Ramps Up an Innovative Diabetes Awareness Campaign

The Flamingo Flock diabetes awareness campaign is the brainchild of 9-year-old Noah Brokmeier, "The Diabetes Dude."  Noah's blue flamingos are landing on lawns nationwide and appearing at big events like the Boston Marathon. Wherever they go, the birds pose for pictures, which are then posted on Noah's website, www.thediabetesdude.com. The location of the birds is also flagged on his "official flamingo tracking map," to show the progress and growth of the campaign.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 30, 2010

THE Diabetes Dude

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know about a big event I have coming up!  Next Thursday, August 26th, I am chartering a bus that I am filling with 50 of my closest friends with diabetes and traveling from Taunton, MA to New York City to invade the Today Show on NBC with my blue flamingos!  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a HUGE impact on people and let everyone know about my campaign!  I hope that by doing this, people will realize that diabetes is a REAL disease that effects so many of us, young and old, and I hope to encourage people from all over the country to get out and do something to help raise diabetes awareness just like me and my friends!  

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 25, 2010

Type 2-Induced Brain Changes May Hinder Learning in Obese Kids

Results of a recently published study show that type 2 diabetes in obese adolescents can affect their ability to learn by altering the amount of sugar that reaches their brains to fuel thinking.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 24, 2010

Pilot Study Supports Adolescent Diabetes Patients through Personalized Text Messages

Jennifer Dyer, MD, MPH, an endocrinologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital, has developed and completed a pilot study that uses weekly, customized text messages to remind adolescent diabetes patients about their personal treatment activities. At the conclusion of the study, Dr. Dyer found an increase in overall treatment adherence and improved blood glucose levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 13, 2010

The Sanford Project Launches Research Study to Find a Cure

"The objective of this clinical trial (research study) is to determine if the medications can rescue the few beta cells that remain soon after the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes; and whether new beta cells can even be regenerated," commented Alex Rabinovitch, MD, Principal Investigator of the trial and Associate Director of The Sanford Project. "The investigational combinations of these medications could possibly allow patients to decrease or no longer need to inject insulin to keep their blood levels under proper control."

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 12, 2010

Kids' Fructose Consumption Can Lead to Big Adult Bellies

Children who consume a lot of high-fructose corn syrup in soft drinks and processed foods as they're growing up may run the risk of turning many of their fat cells into belly fat when they reach adulthood.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 10, 2010

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

The Long awaited Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010 (SS 3307) has passed the Senate, after a push by the ADA membership and other advocates, urging Senators to get the job done!  The Act, which passed the Senate unanimously, now moves to the House where it is expected to pass.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 9, 2010

Obesity Intervention Study Produces Mixed Results

The HEALTHY program, a three-year government-funded intervention in middle schools that was designed to lower overall rates of overweight and obesity among students, has produced mixed results.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 8, 2010

Early Predictors of Metabolic Syndrome in Healthy Kids

Children as young as seven years old can show markers for metabolic syndrome, a condition that raises their risk for type 2 diabetes and a host of other health problems, according to university researchers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 4, 2010

July 2010

Diabetes Heroes Come In All Ages

Last summer, I led the third annual swim-run biathlon for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, which hosts two Massachusetts camps for children with type 1-Camp Joslin for boys and Camp Clara Barton for girls. It was at Camp Joslin that I met a memorable eight-year-old boy who exemplifies what being a diabetes hero is all about. I'll call him "Adam."

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 29, 2010

Video Games for Kids with Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes often strikes children. Children love to play video games. Putting two and two together, diabetes educators have created a string of diabetes-themed video games over the years. The latest evolution of that simple equation--the Bayer Didget meter-game combination--arrived in U.S. drugstores this year.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 22, 2010

Medtronic Launches First Free Safe-Driving Program for Teens with Diabetes in Los Angeles July 19

Medtronic, Inc. announced today that Test B4U Drive, the first-ever, free program for teens with diabetes combining advanced driver skills training with diabetes management education, will be held July 19-21 at The Forum in Los Angeles. In partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes No Limits Foundation, Medtronic will continue the program throughout the summer across the country to teach teens with diabetes that good diabetes management is a key to staying safe behind the wheel.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 14, 2010

June 2010

Judge Rules Only Nurses Can Administer Insulin Shots to California Schoolchildren

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has ruled that only school nurses can give insulin shots to children in public schools who have diabetes. The decision by Judge Lloyd Connelly overturned a 2007 California State Department of Education decision that allowed trained school staff, as well as nurses, to administer such injections.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 25, 2010

Girls Who Lose Weight Before Adulthood Lessen Risk for Diabetes

A study that tracked more than 109,000 women nurses over a 16-year period has found that overweight girls who lose weight before reaching adulthood lessen their risk of type 2 diabetes. The research, conducted by Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health, asked the women to recall their body weight at the ages of five, 10, and 20 years. The women were aided by the use of diagrams that depicted various body types, ranging from extreme thinness (Category 1) to obese (Category 9).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 22, 2010

Italian Scientists Find a Viral Link to Type 1 Diabetes

Italian researchers have found a link between a common virus and type 1 diabetes that may open the door to answers about what triggers the disease in children.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 17, 2010

Tyler's Guide for a Successful Vacation

As a type 1 diabetic, I have found that it's a good idea to plan for the unexpected when traveling. Life is full of surprises, and so are vacations. The flight is late. The flight has been cancelled.  We had a flat tire or ran out of gas. There is an accident on the highway, and the traffic isn't moving. Who would have ever thought that airline flights would be grounded for five days in most of Eastern Europe because of volcanic ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland? If a diabetic had planned on going for a week-long vacation in England or France and had taken limited insulin, syringes, or infusion sets, he might have been in big trouble. Trying to replenish medical supplies in a foreign country could prove to be very difficult.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 16, 2010

Olympic XC Skier Kris Freeman Brings Story of Spirit and Tenacity to Campers with Diabetes

One of the most inspiring personalities of the 2010 Vancouver Games, Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman sheds his skis and poles this week to kick off his 6th annual diabetes summer camp tour with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly Diabetes). Freeman, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 years ago at age 19, will share his amazing comeback story from coast to coast and encourage children with diabetes to continue pursuing their dreams.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 14, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Expand Pediatric Partnership to Combat Childhood Obesity

WASHINGTON - In collaboration with Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) launched the Good Health ClubSM Physician Toolkit - unique educational materials designed to foster better communication between pediatricians and their patients on childhood obesity and diabetes prevention.  The toolkit will be available to pediatricians in communities across the country.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 11, 2010

I Can't Look at Chips as Just Chips

I am that mom.  The one who buys organic foods, bakes her own bread, bans high fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and always totes around healthy snacks.  I don't drink soda, my toddler has never consumed fish sticks, and not once since her birth have we visited McDonalds for a "value" or Happy Meal.  

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 10, 2010

May 2010

Billions Needed to End US Child Hunger and Obesity

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday urged Congress to plow billions more dollars into programs to end the twin scourges of child obesity and hunger, which impact children, the economy, and national security.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 28, 2010

Nick Jonas and Bayer Diabetes Care Announce 'Give Back. Simply Win'

A new contest, "Give Back. Simply Win." sponsored by Bayer Diabetes Care will shine a spotlight on people with diabetes who are making a difference in their local communities. Three grand prize winners will meet international singing sensation Nick Jonas and Bayer will donate $5,000 to three not-for-profit charitable causes, one selected by each winner.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 24, 2010

Jonas Brothers Help Raise $250,000 for Diabetes

Grammy-award-nominated teen pop sensations the Jonas Brothers helped raise more than $250,000 at the annual "Rock For Diabetes" benefit on May 16, held at the home of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. More than 200 people attended this year's benefit, which raised funds for the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 22, 2010

Kids' Consumption of Chronic Medications on the Rise

In growing numbers, children across America are adding a dose of medicine to their daily routine. In 2009, drug trend for children - a measure of prescription spending growth - increased 10.8 percent, driven by a 5 percent increase in drug utilization and higher medication costs, according to the Medco 2010 Drug Trend Report. The growth in prescription drug use among children was nearly four times higher than the rise seen in the overall population.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 21, 2010

$3.3 Million Grant to Study Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Children

A husband-and-wife research team at the UC Davis School of Medicine has been awarded a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to lead the first prospective, nationwide, multi-site clinical study of how to prevent the neurological injuries and, in rare cases, death caused by brain swelling in children in diabetic crisis.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 19, 2010

Ethnic Disparities Found in A1c Test

A new study released by the Children's Hospital of New Orleans has found that black children with type 1 diabetes scored higher on A1c tests than white children who had similar blood glucose levels. Such ethnic disparity has already been shown in previous studies with adults.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 18, 2010

Recruiting Patients with Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Richard Hays announced today that he is now recruiting children with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes for Protégé Encore, a randomized, placebo-controlled Phase III clinical trial. This is the second of two Phase III studies testing the safety and efficacy of an investigational drug called teplizumab. The first study, known as Protégé, has completed enrollment of more than 530 subjects with type 1 diabetes. There is currently no approved therapy to slow the progression of type 1 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 12, 2010

D-TREAT

Diabetes Education and Camping Association's (DECA's) young adult leadership team "DLEAD" takes on Boston at "D-TREAT" - a unique 3-day event at Northeastern University, May 28-30, 2010 - to encourage young adults with diabetes to network, share insights and meet peers during an awesome event.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 6, 2010

Tyler’s Top Ten Sports Tips

My last ten tips were meant to give you an idea of what to think about before you plan your day (Tyler's Top Ten Tips). Now I'm going to give you my top ten tips for how to manage your blood glucose levels while playing sports. These should help you keep everything in control and allow you to relax and have fun while playing.

comments 4 comments - Posted May 5, 2010

April 2010

SafeSittings Diabetes Babysitting Service

Are you the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes? Do you often wish that you could find a babysitter who understands the "ins-and-outs" of type 1 so that you could enjoy an evening out, assured that your child is in good hands? Or are you a teenager with type 1 who is looking for a way to help children manage their disease, while making a little extra money at the same time?  Then look no further than www.SafeSittings.com. Launched over six years ago in Manhattan by teenager Kimberly Ross, www.SafeSittings.com is a free online service that matches type 1 families with babysitters who also have the disease. 

comments 4 comments - Posted Apr 30, 2010

Bayer Diabetes Care Introduces DIDGET

Bayer Diabetes Care today announced the introduction of the DIDGETTM blood glucose monitoring system in the United States.  The DIDGET meter is unique because it is the only blood glucose meter that connects directly to Nintendo DSTM and DS Lite gaming systems to help kids manage a lifelong disease by rewarding them for building consistent testing habits and meeting personalized blood glucose target ranges. Bayer's DIDGET meter is now available for purchase in the U.S. through CVS.com, Drugstore.com and Walgreens.com.  

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 26, 2010

Urgent Support Needed for Type 1 Diabetes Legislation

Diabetes Health was curious to explore the progress of the proposed legislation to renew the Special Diabetes Program, also known as the SDP (H.R. 3668 in the House of Representatives and S. 3058 in the Senate.)  These bills would renew the SDP for five years. We were pleased to note that the JDRF's "Promise to Remember Me" campaign, which aims to facilitate meetings between representatives and senators and their constituents in their local districts, has resulted in JDRF Advocates already completing over 300 meetings with members of Congress. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 17, 2010

Our Kids and Camps: April/May Digital Edition Is Now Available

While the words "diabetes" and "camp" may not sound like they belong in the same sentence for most people, they sure do for thousands of kids across the country. Diabetes camp is their time to share experiences, learn, and have fun with other kids who have diabetes. You'll find the usual camping activities like hiking, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, and sitting around the campfire, but also lessons on adjusting your insulin pump to compensate for sports and how to give yourself an injection.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2010

Summer Fun for Kids!

The Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) mission is to "promote communication, provide education, share resources, and serve as a worldwide voice to advance diabetes education and camping programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals and families."  DECA provides an international databse of diabetes camping organizations, and "Best Practices" tools for diabetes camp management.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2010

March 2010

Developing Youngsters' Power in Diabetes Self-Care: Dr. DeLoach Talks about Campamento Diabetes Safari

Dr. Stan De Loach is a bicultural, trilingual, Certified Diabetes Educator (one of the first 13 in Mexico) and clinical psychologist, not to mention a pianist, composer, and writer. Born and educated in the U.S., he has been a resident of Mexico for decades, and his first love is the annual bilingual diabetes camp that he co-founded, the four-day Campamento Diabetes Safari in Mexico.. 

comments 3 comments - Posted Mar 30, 2010

Tyler's Top Ten Tips for Teens

Experience is a great teacher, but sometimes it's not the best way to learn, especially when it comes to your medical needs. Smart people learn from their mistakes, but wise people learn from other people's mistakes. In my ten years with diabetes, I have found that to eliminate problems, you need to anticipate your needs. A few moments of preparation can ensure a great afternoon of fun with your friends, a better grade on a test, or participation in a sporting competition without any complications.

comments 7 comments - Posted Mar 25, 2010

Our Journey to Hope and Beyond

I grew up around the corner from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In high school, long ago, I thought that NIH scientists were "bad guys" who mistreated animals in the name of medical research. I later moved to the West Coast and became a registered obstetrical nurse. Over the years, along with sharing the joys of new moms and new babies, I cared for patients with devastating conditions like cancer and quadriplegia, people whose lives could potentially be saved or improved by medical research., Yet it wasn't until many years later, after moving back to the DC area, that I really began to see the NIH in a new light.

comments 4 comments - Posted Mar 20, 2010

Mom Says 'Just a Phone Call Away', Just Not Good Enough

Allen, Texas - When Pam Henry's daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2003, she never even thought she would be part of something that could revolutionize health care. "When Sarah was diagnosed, my only goal was to do all I could to keep her as healthy as possible.  What I created was something just to help keep her that way." 

comments 4 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2010

Teenagers and Diabetes

Being a teenager is hard enough, but being a teenager with diabetes can be brutal (and being the parent of a teenager with diabetes can turn you into a basket case). Last month, I wrote about the challenges of being newly diagnosed.  This month, let's talk about handling diabetes during the teenage years.

comments 5 comments - Posted Mar 5, 2010

February 2010

Handing down the Genes. Part 3 (of 3)

This is the third - and final - installment of our three-part series "Handing Down the Genes."  Part III: "Nutrition and Exercise Tips"

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 19, 2010

Handing Down the Genes. Part 2 (of 3)

This is the second installment of our three-part series "Handing Down the Genes."  Part II: "Preventing Type 2 in Children"

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 13, 2010

California Parents of Children with Diabetes and Care Advocates Hail Isadore Hall, III Legislation to Fight Diabetes

Sacramento- February 10, 2010 -- Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D- Compton) today introduced AB 1802, which would clarify existing law by allowing, but not requiring, a parent/guardian-designated teacher, administrator or school employee to administer insulin to a diabetic student while on a school campus.

comments 4 comments - Posted Feb 11, 2010

Obamas Take On Problem of Obese Children

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -  Alarmed that nearly a third of U.S. children are obese or overweight -- and likely to stay that way all their lives -- President Barack Obama launched an initiative on Tuesday to roll back the numbers and put his wife in charge of promoting it.

comments 5 comments - Posted Feb 9, 2010

Handing Down the Genes. Part 1 (of 3)

This is the beginning of our three part series "Handing Down the Genes."  Part I: "When to Worry-and When Not to-About Your Child's Increased Risk for Diabetes."

comments 3 comments - Posted Feb 4, 2010

January 2010

Diabetes Success Story: Tyler Curry Stevenson

Many meaningful events, experiences, and accomplishments have gone into making me the person that I am today. In my life, most of the important milestones came and went as they do for every kid. But for some of us, life throws a curveball and introduces a trauma or an unexpected event that will forever change our lives. When my most meaningful event occurred, on May 22, 2000, there were no cheers, applause, or laughter in the room. That was the day I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

comments 21 comments - Posted Jan 19, 2010

2010 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award

Diabetes Health Magazine (www.diabeteshealth.com), a local Marin Publishing Company, is proud to have successfully nominated Lisa Shenson for a prestigious award. Shenson, a true humanitarian, will be honored by the Marin Human Rights Commission and awarded its 2010 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award at an annual Gala Dinner on January 21st, and to be held at the Sheraton Four Points in San Rafael. Mother turned activist, Shenson has been fighting for the human and civil rights of children with diabetes, especially in the schools, for over a decade. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 18, 2010

October 2009

Get Buzzed

Taking your child to the pediatrician for annual vaccinations is bad enough, but if your child requires daily injections, fingersticks, and infusion set changes, it can be traumatic over and over again. Thankfully, help is here! When a pediatrician by the name of Amy Baxter, MD, realized that kids were being told to "just deal with it" when it came to shots, she thought there had to be another way and came up with a nifty FDA-compliant device called a Buzzy. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 29, 2009

Parents Cheer, But Teachers and Nurses Oppose New Jersey Law That Allows Non-Professionals to Give Glucagon Shots

A law signed by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine that allows teachers to give emergency glucagon shots to students with diabetes has parents elated but has drawn strong opposition from teachers and nurses. The law also allows students with diabetes to test their own blood glucose levels and use insulin pumps while they are in the classroom, two activities that were not previously allowed.

comments 15 comments - Posted Oct 12, 2009

September 2009

Exercise, Even Without Weight Loss, Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Sedentary Obese Teens

Even if they don't lose weight, a moderate aerobic exercise program can improve insulin sensitivity in obese adolescents who are sedentary.

comments 4 comments - Posted Sep 23, 2009

Co-Workers, Families and Friends 'Step Out' to Stop Diabetes

Alexandria, VA (September 10, 2009)-This year, thousands of people in communities across the country will come together to demonstrate their support in the fight against diabetes by participating in the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes® event. Step Out is a fundraising walk that takes place in more than 160 cities to raise awareness about diabetes and to raise much needed funds to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 19, 2009

Nick Jonas Inspires Both Journalists and Kids with Diabetes

Nick Jonas is only 16 years old, but he's already been a pop star for years. He's also had type 1 diabetes for nearly four of those years. When he spoke to journalists at the National Press Club recently, he was one of the youngest guests ever invited to speak there.

comments 3 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2009

Learning Self-Control is the Key for Kids to Remain Healthy

According to a recent  Pennsylvania study, kids need to learn to control themselves when it comes to food. Obviously, self-control is important for us all, kids and adults alike, when it comes to weight management. It’s equally apparent that children need to be taught by their parents to make healthy food choices. But parents who strictly forbid their children to eat many foods might be contributing to a lack of self-control in their offspring, thereby creating the very chubbiness that they were trying to avert.

comments 2 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2009

August 2009

Type 1 Diabetes Appears to Increase the Risk of TB

South African researchers have found that in areas where tuberculosis is endemic, nearly one in three children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes tests positive when given a skin test for the disease. Although the positive test results do not mean that these young people will inevitably develop active TB, they do run a very high risk of doing so.

comments 4 comments - Posted Aug 20, 2009

A Good Relationship with Your School Nurse Pays Off in Dividends

Because we have good health insurance, my son sees his endocrinologist twice a year, his diabetes health educator twice a year, and his nutritionist once a year. Meanwhile, he sees his school nurse one to three times a day. As you know, this relationship can make a difference for the rest of a child's life.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2009

July 2009

Thoughtful Consumption: People with Diabetes Have Been Leading the Pack All Along

Never underestimate the power of people with diabetes and their families. When we as a consumer group purchase more fruits and vegetables, walk or bicycle instead of taking the car, and educate ourselves about a healthy lifestyle, we are addressing global issues as well as personal ones and can have a strong, positive effect on the future.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 23, 2009

Staying on Your Teen's Diabetes Team

Growth hormones, peer pressure, independence struggles, and mood swings: welcome to the teenage years! There's nothing like a warning glance from a fed-up teenager to make a parent retreat. As your child takes more control of his or her diabetes, it becomes ever more tempting to step back and avoid the friction that sometimes comes from being involved. Nevertheless, your teenager needs your reliable presence more than ever. The beauty, strength, and sheer courage our kids exhibit in meeting their teenage challenges can inspire us to stand up and work with them to keep their health and well-being firmly in the forefront of their minds. Each child and each situation is different, but here are a few suggestions for staying on your teen's diabetes team.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2009

Three Cheers for Diabetes Camp!

How many times during your work with young people and their families have you wished that you could really help them through a rough time in their lives? Young people with diabetes and their families often feel overwhelmed, both physically and emotionally, by all that they must learn and manage. They can feel very alone if they don't know anyone who can understand their diabetes fears and trials.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 2, 2009

Celebrating the 4th of July: Tips for Parents of Kids with Diabetes

Patriotism, parades, parties, and pyrotechnics - July Fourth is a high intensity day of celebrations and national pride. In many towns, families move from one exciting event to the next, and the day can be very unpredictable. Still, parents of children with diabetes want carefree time with their families, and children don't want to think about diabetes details. A bit of advanced planning and packing can make this festive day much easier.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 2, 2009

June 2009

Just in Time for Father’s Day, a Grateful Nod to the Hardworking Parents of Kids with Diabetes

I hear voices in my surroundings as the cloud of confusion gradually begins to lift. "Curtis, can you hear me?" "Curtis, what was the score of the football game?" "Curtis, do you know where you are?"

comments 6 comments - Posted Jun 18, 2009

Diabetes: A Catalyst for Positive Change

Never underestimate the power of people with diabetes and their families. When we as a consumer group purchase more fruits and vegetables, walk or bicycle instead of taking the car, and educate ourselves about a healthy lifestyle, we are addressing global issues as well as personal ones and can have a strong, positive effect on the future.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2009

May 2009

Manhattan Beach Teen Meets Nick Jonas

Rachel Humphrey, a Manhattan Beach, CA, teenager with type 1 diabetes, was granted her biggest wish (well, almost) when she came face to face with her hero, Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. Rachel, 13, was selected to appear on the number 1 new syndicated talk show, "The Doctors," but she had no idea that she would meet Nick Jonas on the set! The segment, titled Giving is Good Medicine, will air on Friday, May 8th.

comments 8 comments - Posted May 8, 2009

Free Type 1 Diabetes Retreat for Ages 18 to 25 Still Has Openings

Thanks to sponsorship from the Medtronic Foundation, the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) and the Diabetes Camp Leadership Development Council (DLEAD) are offering a diabetes retreat for young people with type 1 diabetes who are between the ages of 18 and 25. The retreat, which will take place at Villanova University from May 29th to 31st, is completely free and includes accommodations, meals, and participation in activities. All you have to provide is your own travel and incidentals. Join them for an awesome weekend!  

comments 4 comments - Posted May 8, 2009

Caring and Sharing with Diabetes

The second annual "Caring and Sharing Weekend" was held last weekend at the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, New York.  The free three-day weekend, which is organized by Pump Wear Inc., offered 15 families in the diabetes community an opportunity to relax, bond, and become inspired. The families, who either recommended themselves or were recommended by someone else, enjoyed beautiful weather, horseback riding, swimming, campfires, lots of hugs, and memories.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 5, 2009

April 2009

Diabetes Creativity Contest Offers Young People the Chance to Meet Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas, who has type 1 diabetes, and Bayer Diabetes Care are working to inspire young people with diabetes to achieve Simple Wins: small, everyday victories for managing diabetes that can lead to big differences over time. Their "Express Your Simple Win Creativity Contest" is designed to show kids that, like Nick, they don't have to let diabetes get in the way of their dreams. Nick wrote the song  "A Little Bit Longer" about having diabetes, and he considers his Simple Wins to be writing lyrics, performing, and making music.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 30, 2009

Maybe “Normal” BG Levels Aren’t So Normal After All

The need to investigate and determine normoglycemia in Mexican children under the age of six begins with a lack of relevant published data.  Another motive for reviewing the currently recommended glycemic goals for children and adolescents with type 1 stems from the well-known observation that children and adolescents who do not have type 1 do not develop microvascular diabetic complications.  Today, thanks to insulin analogs and basal/bolus therapy regimens, children with type 1 have the option of achieving true euglycemia and of potentially benefiting from its advantages.

comments 14 comments - Posted Apr 17, 2009

Diabetes and Adoption

There is an old schoolyard chant that starts out with an image of two people "sitting in a tree" and "K-I-S-S-I-N-G." This is followed by, "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage." The natural progression of life is to find one's "soul mate," tie the knot, and then have children.  

comments 37 comments - Posted Apr 17, 2009

Grandparents Play an Important Role in Coping with Diabetes

Two-and-a-half years ago, my seven-year-old granddaughter, Liliana, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In less than a day, I was on an airplane to Portland so that I could be there to support my daughter and son-in-law.  The week that followed was a heart-wrenching experience for all of us.  I stayed with Liliana as much as possible so that her parents could go through extensive education and instruction on what would be in store for them.  I wanted to learn more about type 1, but I felt that there was time for that.  It was more important that they became the experts, and I became the shoulder on which to lean.  

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 14, 2009

March 2009

Living with Diabetes: A Tribute to Moms and Dads

I hear voices in my surroundings as the cloud of confusion gradually begins to lift. "Curtis, can you hear me?" "Curtis, what was the score of the football game?" "Curtis, do you know where you are?" 

comments 5 comments - Posted Mar 27, 2009

Teens Make A Difference For Diabetes

These amazing teens-selected from 20,000 entries nationwide-were named State Honorees (along with 102 other state winners throughout the U.S.) in the 14th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program honoring middle and high school students for their outstanding acts of volunteerism.  The program is conducted by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Over the past 14 years, they have honored more than 80,000 young volunteers at the local, state, and national levels.

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 17, 2009

This Side of Normal: A New Novel About A Teen With Type 1 Diabetes

Eric Devine, a 30-year-old English teacher and writer who's lived with type 1 diabetes for 18 years, has written a young adult novel, This Side of Normal, that will be published this month by Long Tale Press.

comments 10 comments - Posted Mar 12, 2009

Volunteering at Diabetes Camp

It was in the spring of 2005 that I received a call from the director of the diabetes camp in the state where I lived and worked as a sales rep for a blood glucose meter company.  He was calling to ask if I would volunteer as a counselor at the week-long camp, which served around 200 campers, the vast majority with type 1 diabetes. I'd known for years that counselors were always in demand at the camp, but had never stepped forward to volunteer.  I'd heard the stories of how tough and exhausting it was keeping up with your group, performing 2:00 AM blood sugar checks, and ensuring that they all stayed safe and had fun.  Frankly, I'd always had serious doubts as to whether I was up to it.  This, however, was the first time that I had been directly asked to volunteer, and something inside me made me grudgingly agree.  As I drove to the campsite to begin that week in June, though, I'd be lying if I did not admit to being as nervous as any of the kids who were attending.

comments 5 comments - Posted Mar 6, 2009

Children with Diabetes, You Are My True Inspiration

I was diagnosed with type 1 relatively late in life, at age 24.  People sometimes remark to me, with genuine kindness, that it must have been harder on me.  Perhaps they think I recall what it was like to be a "normal" child and young adult, to do and eat what I wanted without insulin, checking blood sugar, or worrying about highs and lows or long-term complications.  I appreciate their sincerity, but I always correct them.  Diabetes is not harder for me.  It is hard on everyone.  Whether you were diagnosed as a child or an adult, it complicates your life and the lives of your family. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 4, 2009

Diabetes Camps List for 2009

US Camps Camp Name Type Session Start Date

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 3, 2009

February 2009

Sulfonylureas, If Used Quickly, Appear to Reverse Neonatal Diabetes

A report in the February 4, 2009, issue of Cell Metabolism says that babies born with neonatal diabetes might be able to avoid irreversible damage to the pancreas if doctors treat them quickly with sulfonylureas rather than insulin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 25, 2009

Vaccine to Suppress Type 1 Onset in At-Risk Children Could Be Based on Enzyme

Georgia researchers believe that a powerful enzyme that inhibits or modifies immune system response could be the basis for a vaccine administered to children at high risk for developing type 1 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 25, 2009

A Kit Full of Help for Families of Kids Newly Diagnosed With Type 1

Sanofi-aventis U.S. and Children with Diabetes have announced the arrival of a multimedia resource, called the KidCare Kit, which gives families the tools and information they need to get through the challenging first 30 days after a diagnosis of type 1.  

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 18, 2009

Program Teaches Florida Kids To Choose a Healthy Lifestyle in an Entertaining Way

Try Running Kids, a company whose mission is to teach children to live a healthy lifestyle through adventure-based interactive educational entertainment (edutainment) programs in the classroom, recently announced its "Journey To Fitness" series. It has launched in schools across 12 counties throughout Florida and is growing rapidly.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 10, 2009

Medicine, Faith, and Parenting

Last March, an 11-year-old Wisconsin girl, Kara Neumann, died from diabetic ketoacidosis (a serious complication of diabetes that results when glucose is unavailable to the body as a fuel source, fat is used instead, and toxic byproducts of fat breakdown, called ketones, build up). Kara had undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. She was never treated by medical professionals because her parents believe that only God can heal the sick. They prayed for their daughter's health, but they did not seek medical attention.

comments 12 comments - Posted Feb 6, 2009

Show Me The Love

Cards, gifts, chocolates, flowers, and romantic gestures. Isn't that what Valentine's Day is supposed to be about? My husband Brian and I had been going on that theory until 2002, when the holiday had the audacity to come around one month after our son Danny was diagnosed with diabetes. That year, we woke up, wished each other Happy Valentine's Day, and started talking about blood sugar levels, carbohydrates, insulin, exercise, and pharmacies. We hit those same topics during the day by phone, and although we vaguely planned to go out for dinner, by evening Danny wasn't feeling well, and we spent part of the night on the phone to Children's Hospital. We did remember to kiss goodnight before we collapsed into a restless sleep, but were poised for the alarm to wake us so we could test Danny's blood sugar levels again at midnight.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2009

January 2009

What Is Diabetes?

You've been diagnosed with diabetes because there is too much glucose (a kind of sugar) in your blood. 

comments 7 comments - Posted Jan 16, 2009

Bypass Surgery Offers Drastic Weight Loss and Remission for Obese Type 2 Teens

In a recent study, obese teens with type 2 diabetes who underwent gastric bypass surgery not only lost a third of their weight, but also experienced the complete remission of their disease.

comments 4 comments - Posted Jan 6, 2009

December 2008

Who Do You Love? (Besides the Jonas Brothers)
Who Do You Love? (Besides the Jonas Brothers)

An online charity auction website, Charity Folks, reports that the Jo Bros top the list of the ten hottest celebrity draws on their site. The youngest brother, Nick, has type 1 diabetes.

comments 4 comments - Posted Dec 15, 2008

My Son Has Diabetes! Woo Hoo!
My Son Has Diabetes! Woo Hoo!

How does a mother keep her sense of humor when her 12-year old son has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? Well, it's not easy, but...

comments 3 comments - Posted Dec 15, 2008

Holiday Songs for Children with Diabetes
Holiday Songs for Children with Diabetes

Why not sing it out, sing it proud this holiday season! Singing songs with your children is always fun and if you get to both acknowledge the presence of diabetes and laugh at it a little at the same time, so much the better!

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 10, 2008

November 2008

Hard Work and Determination Pay Off for Young Athlete
Hard Work and Determination Pay Off for Young Athlete

I'll never forget the afternoon of January 22, 2003. I was just leaving my classroom when my phone lit up, alerting me to a new voicemail. My heart stopped when I listened to the message. It was my son's pediatrician, asking me to call him back as soon as possible.  

comments 2 comments - Posted Nov 24, 2008

FDA Approves Apidra for Use With Children
FDA Approves Apidra for Use With Children

The FDA has approved the fast-acting insulin Apidra (insulin glulisine) for use in children four years and older who have type 1 diabetes. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 3, 2008

October 2008

Four Winners with Diabetes Set to Meet Nick Jonas
Four Winners with Diabetes Set to Meet Nick Jonas

The "Walk In Nick's Shoes" (W.I.N.S.) sweepstakes winners have been announced by Bayer Diabetes Care. Four Grand Prize winners have scored the opportunity to meet teen pop sensation Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. The winners will meet Nick Jonas in Los Angeles and walk as "Team Jonas" at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk for the Cure in Los Angeles on November 1.

comments 4 comments - Posted Oct 30, 2008

Letter of the Week: Mother Discusses Advocacy in Schools
Letter of the Week: Mother Discusses Advocacy in Schools

I read with interest the article by Cynthia Heinz in which she spoke to her local school board, describing a worst case scenario for a child with severe hypoglycemia. As a veteran parent with 15 years of dealing with diabetes in our local public school, I have a few things to add to the discussion.

comments 9 comments - Posted Oct 27, 2008

Living with Diabetes: Ryan Clauson Thrives
Living with Diabetes: Ryan Clauson Thrives

I have had type 1 diabetes for 16 years and, after a long path with many ups and downs, I have finally achieved optimal diabetic health. I have discovered the special lifestyle and diet mix that works and have brought my A1c from 11.4% to 5.2% while increasing my energy and overall health. I'm an elite athlete who plays professional ice hockey, and I currently run marathons. 

comments 19 comments - Posted Oct 27, 2008

Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

Halloween scares me. It scares me even after seven years of helping my 14-year-old son with diabetes enjoy the holiday. We have created a comfortable tradition. Our neighbors get Danny non-food items. We go to a neighborhood bonfire and tell scary stories, and my husband Brian buys back most of Danny's candy and brings it to his office. Through experience, I am no longer afraid of the possible highs and lows, and, thanks to the blessing of cell phones, even Danny's teenage wandering feels okay. If you were a spider on our wall, we'd all appear excited and happy about Halloween.

comments 7 comments - Posted Oct 20, 2008

The Future of Diabetes
The Future of Diabetes

I rush to the hospital, hoping to get there in time. When I arrive, I find my newly diagnosed diabetic with a blood sugar of 1027.  He is vomiting all over the place and might have a seizure soon.  He is in diabetic ketoacidosis. It's time for my dream job.

comments 5 comments - Posted Oct 13, 2008

You Can’t Push the River:  Self-Directed Education at Diabetes Camp in Mexico
You Can’t Push the River: Self-Directed Education at Diabetes Camp in Mexico

The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes peaks at 13 to 14 years of age, but at any age it immediately requires children and adolescents to learn many complex facets of glycemic self-management.  Dr. Elliot Joslin's belief of 85 years ago, that education is not just part of the treatment of diabetes, but rather the treatment itself, still holds true.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 6, 2008

Hard Work and Determination Pay Off for Student Athlete with Diabetes
Hard Work and Determination Pay Off for Student Athlete with Diabetes

I'll never forget the afternoon of January 22, 2003, and the phone call that came from Derek's pediatrician. I was just leaving my classroom that day when I noticed the light on my phone lit up, alerting me to a new voicemail. My heart stopped when I listened to the message.  The doctor asked me to call him back as soon as possible.  

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 6, 2008

September 2008

Getting Middle Schoolers to Exercise

Joel Shpigel's dad was considered a "large" man. He was 37 the day he had a "heart scare." "He didn't have a heart attack, but his doctor said he was headed for one," Shpigel recalls. His father decided to begin exercising. Joel, who was also overweight, decided to join him.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 29, 2008

Interesting Tangential Research on High Cholesterol Levels in Children
Interesting Tangential Research on High Cholesterol Levels in Children

Elevated cholesterol levels return to normal or near normal levels over time in four out of ten children with uncontrollable epilepsy treated with a high-fat ketogenic diet, according to results of a Johns Hopkins Children's Center study reported in the Journal of Child Neurology.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 11, 2008

Speak Out When Schools Eliminate Full-Time Nurses!
Speak Out When Schools Eliminate Full-Time Nurses!

This is a worst case scenario.
This is the untrained trying to do the unknown.
This is 20 minutes of hell.

comments 11 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2008

August 2008

Family with Nine Kids, Three with Type 1, Finds There Are Some Silver Linings
Family with Nine Kids, Three with Type 1, Finds There Are Some Silver Linings

My husband and I have nine children. Elliott is our oldest and when he was diagnosed with type 1 at age 11 in 1996, we were blindsided. Neither my husband, nor I, nor anyone in our extended family had diabetes. Elliot had all of the classic symptoms: excessive thirst, frequent urination, uncontrollable hunger, occasional blurry vision, and (something I think a lot of parents don't recognize as a sign) bedwetting.  

comments 11 comments - Posted Aug 28, 2008

Checking Out Innovative Diabetes Products & Companies at the Children with Diabetes Conference
Checking Out Innovative Diabetes Products & Companies at the Children with Diabetes Conference

The exhibit hall at this year's Children with Diabetes conference in Orlando, Florida, from July 23 to 27, 2008, featured expensive and elaborate booths from well-known companies like LifeScan and large organizations such as the American Diabetes Association. But another kind of company also welcomed people to their booths. They were the diabetes start-ups, companies that were started more often than not because of an intimate connection to the world of diabetes. I spoke to representatives of five of these companies about their products, their mission, and their inspiration.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 28, 2008

Are Caesarean Babies More Likely to Develop Diabetes?
Are Caesarean Babies More Likely to Develop Diabetes?

Babies delivered by Caesarean section have a 20 percent higher risk than normal deliveries of developing type 1 diabetes in childhood, according to a study by a team of researchers from  Queen's University Belfast

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 28, 2008

July 2008

16-Year-Old Turns Type I Diagnosis into an Opportunity to Create Hip ID Bracelets
16-Year-Old Turns Type I Diagnosis into an Opportunity to Create Hip ID Bracelets

Before diabetes, I was a normal teenager whose greatest worry was whether I’d get an A or a B on a test. I was strong and healthy. Somehow, I took for granted all the freedoms that diabetes took away from me. Last year, at the age of fifteen, I learned that every day, even every breath, that we are given is a true gift.

comments 4 comments - Posted Jul 25, 2008

Parents Beware: 89 Percent of Children's Food Products Aren’t Healthy, But 62 Percent Claim They Are

Nine out of ten regular food items aimed specifically at children have a poor nutritional content because of high levels of sugar, fat or sodium, according to a detailed study of 367 products published in the July issue of the UK-based journal, Obesity Reviews.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2008

Children’s Nutrition and Fitness Education Program Scores

WakeMed Health & Hospitals Children’s Diabetes ENERGIZE! program has won the coveted NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association (AHA).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2008

Mother Disappointed in Nick Jonas
Mother Disappointed in Nick Jonas

Dear Editor,

I felt I needed to write you because of all the press you do on Nick Jonas. I am the mother of a nine-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with type 1 five months ago. I won't describe the horrendous day we found out, but I want to say that I did not want any of the doctors or nurses to say the word “diabetes.” I was so fearful that my daughter would completely fall apart (even more than she already had). I knew she knew what diabetes was because she is a huge fan of Nick Jonas.

comments 101 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2008

Metformin May Aid in Weight Loss for Obese Pre-Diabetic Teen Girls
Metformin May Aid in Weight Loss for Obese Pre-Diabetic Teen Girls

Metformin, combined with dietary changes and exercise, seems to help obese pre-diabetic adolescents, especially girls, lose weight, says a report in the June 2008 Journal of Pediatrics.

comments 8 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2008

Amputee Coalition of America Enjoys Record Attendance at its National Conference
Amputee Coalition of America Enjoys Record Attendance at its National Conference

The 2008 Amputee Coalition of America’s annual national conference in Atlanta June 19 through 22 set new attendance records, driven by interest in the proposed federal prosthetic parity law and other issues of importance to amputees.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2008

Nick Jonas Sings Out About Diabetes
Nick Jonas Sings Out About Diabetes

The Jonas Brothers have a new album coming out August 12 on Hollywood Records. The album Little Bit Longer takes its title from a song Nick Jonas wrote about his struggle with diabetes. Nick told Entertainment Weekly that he wrote the song on a day when he was feeling down and out. He went into an empty hotel ballroom and walked out with a song. Talk about making lemonade when life gives you lemons! Thanks, Nick, we can’t wait to hear your new tunes.

comments 15 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2008

June 2008

Stacking the Deck: Carb Cards Make Counting Carbs a Cinch

This year Carb Cards™ have added calorie and fat gram information to the 3rd edition of the carbohydrate counting flashcards. Twelve new cards with information on such foods as oatmeal, beans, and fish have been added to the revised 55-card deck to encourage healthier choices and more variety in meal planning.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 26, 2008

Adult Teeth May Come in Early for Children with Diabetes
Adult Teeth May Come in Early for Children with Diabetes

Children with diabetes may develop their permanent teeth earlier than normal, which could increase their risk of dental problems, according to findings published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jun 19, 2008

May 2008

Teens on Insulin Pumps - Are They Safe? We Go Into Depth on the Recent News Reports Scaring Teen Pump Users
Teens on Insulin Pumps - Are They Safe? We Go Into Depth on the Recent News Reports Scaring Teen Pump Users

With annual worldwide sales topping 1.3 billion dollars, insulin pumps are one of the most popular devices in the treatment of diabetes. Not only do they allow people with type 1 diabetes to more easily manage their blood glucose levels, but they also help users regain their freedom and enjoy a more normal life.

comments 14 comments - Posted May 30, 2008

Illinois Doctor Prescribes Amphetamine To Help Kids Lose Weight and Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

Teenage obesity is a growing problem. Not only does it make teens susceptible to type 2 diabetes, but it's also very hard on the teens themselves, who are often bullied or ostracized because of their weight. What can a doctor do when a teen can't seem to lose weight with diet and exercise?

comments 8 comments - Posted May 22, 2008

How Much
How Much "Smarter Than a Doctor" Are the Parents of Diabetic Children?

"Insulin Quiz: Are You Smarter Than a Doctor" (April-May '08, pp 12-15) was an excellent article, if perhaps a little frightening. I couldn't help but wonder how well the parents of diabetic children would do on the quiz, and where they might have learned their lessons.

comments 6 comments - Posted May 8, 2008

A Guide to Parents, Written by a Teenage Diabetic
A Guide to Parents, Written by a Teenage Diabetic

When I was diagnosed with diabetes a year and a half ago, my life changed enormously. My parents became obsessed with diabetes but they have always helped me. Here are a few tips on how to help your child with diabetes:

comments 11 comments - Posted May 8, 2008

April 2008

How We Learned to Stop Procrastinating and Love Exercise
How We Learned to Stop Procrastinating and Love Exercise

Have you ever met anyone who thinks they get enough exercise? Everywhere you look there are books, web sites, exercise videos and articles telling people how to get started and how to stay motivated. Our family certainly avoided any kind of exercise plan. Although we played in the yard, took walks, rode our bikes, and played soccer, I never woke up thinking, "What can we do for exercise today?" Even though I knew we weren't active enough, I didn't want another thing to do.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2008

2008 Directory of Campgrounds for Children and Teens With Diabetes
2008 Directory of Campgrounds for Children and Teens With Diabetes

This list has been provided by the Diabetes Education & Camping Association. To see the complete list, please visit the digital edition at the following link: http://digital.diabeteshealth.com/browse/08/04/40.html

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 25, 2008

"I Don't Live Like I Have Diabetes"
"I Don't Live Like I Have Diabetes"

A Question-and-Answer Session With Jordan Hoese, A 14-Year-Old Type 1 Marathon Runner.

comments 16 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2008

"Your Grandson Has Diabetes"
"Your Grandson Has Diabetes"

I was working at my computer when my 37-year-old daughter, Laura, walked into my home office and burst into body-wrenching sobs. She finally managed to blurt out that a doctor had just told her that my 7-year-old grandson had juvenile diabetes and needed to go straight to the hospital. I didn't want to add my own upset to the chaos of the day, so I went through the motions, calming Laura and being as helpful as I could. My husband Jack, a psychiatrist, canceled his patients and picked up Danny and his ten-year-old sister Jessica at school. The five of us met Laura's husband Brian at the hospital and spent two days learning as much as we could about Danny's diabetes.

comments 5 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2008

A Call Out to Writers of All Kinds!
A Call Out to Writers of All Kinds!

We’d like to invite diabetes professionals, persons with diabetes (and the people who love and help them) to contribute articles to Diabetes Health.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2008

Online Sweepstakes Contest Will Award 30 Summer Camp Scholarships to Kids

LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company that manufactures OneTouch blood glucose meters, is sponsoring an online sweepstakes for children with diabetes that will offer the opportunity to attend a diabetes camp for free this summer.  

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 16, 2008

Jonas Brothers Update: Diabetes Has Not Slowed Down 15-Year-Old Nick Jonas
Jonas Brothers Update: Diabetes Has Not Slowed Down 15-Year-Old Nick Jonas

When we ran the story “Type 1 Pop Star Nick Jonas Tells His Story” on our website in April 2007, we didn’t expect it to generate the hundreds of responses that it has since then. The story continues to receive new comments every week.

comments 136 comments - Posted Apr 2, 2008

March 2008

Weekly Diabetes Health Factoids

This Week’s Diabetes Health Factoids
Number of U.S. Adults Diagnosed With Diabetes:
15.1 million

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 18, 2008

February 2008

How I Developed My
How I Developed My "Mad Eye" and a Seventh Sense: Being the Parent of a Child With Diabetes Calls for New Powers

"Constant Vigilance!" roars Mad Eye Moody, Harry Potter's Defense Against the Darks Arts teacher. "You need preparing. You need arming. But most of all, you need to practice constant, never-ceasing vigilance. Get out your quills…copy this down…"

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 14, 2008

French Dad Seeks Temporary U.S. Family For His Diabetic Surfer Son

My son Nathan is a 17-year-old diabetic surfer. We live in France. I'm planning to send him one month this summer to surfing places in the U.S., either on the East Coast or California.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 6, 2008

January 2008

A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child's Christmas Angel
A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child's Christmas Angel

Eight-year-old Olivia Miller asked for a Chihuahua for Christmas, but what she received was far more precious than just any pet. That's because Olivia and her new little dog both have diabetes and today they comfort and encourage each other through the rigors of dealing with the disease.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jan 27, 2008

Taking the Angst Out of Kids' Emergency Room Visits; A Little Advance Planning
Taking the Angst Out of Kids' Emergency Room Visits; A Little Advance Planning

As the parents of a very active and accident-prone 13-year-old son, my husband and I have had our share of emergency room visits.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 5, 2008

December 2007

Two Cookbooks, Two Different Dietary Philosophies
Two Cookbooks, Two Different Dietary Philosophies

I recently had the good fortune to come across two very good cookbooks for people with diabetes. The first is The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook: The Whole Food Approach to Great Taste and Healthy Eating, by Jackie Newgent, RD, published by the American Diabetes Association.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2007

Six Tips for Coping When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Diabetes - Among Them: Ask
Six Tips for Coping When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Diabetes - Among Them: Ask

When my son Danny was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I was in such a state of shock that I couldn't absorb the two days of education that our hospital provided. My head was reeling.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 22, 2007

Study Gives Kids a Personal Diabetes Trainer: It Really Helps!

In a recent study, 81 youth with type 1 diabetes, aged eleven to sixteen years, were divided into two groups. One group received care as usual, but every member of the second group got six sessions with a "diabetes personal trainer," during which they talked about self-monitoring, goal setting, and problem solving.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 20, 2007

Cord Blood May Preserve Insulin Production in Newly Diagnosed Children With Type 1 Diabetes
Cord Blood May Preserve Insulin Production in Newly Diagnosed Children With Type 1 Diabetes

Today, about four percent of Americans bank their children's cord blood just in case it might come in handy, and more are doing it every day. Now a small study announced at the 67th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association has found that infusions of umbilical cord blood may preserve insulin production.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 18, 2007

A Babysitter's Guide to Babysitting for Parents Who Have a Child With Diabetes
A Babysitter's Guide to Babysitting for Parents Who Have a Child With Diabetes

Hiring a babysitter is not a problem for most parents, but for parents of kids who have diabetes, it is very challenging. Babysitting such a child is a huge undertaking, and it takes a lot of experience.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 12, 2007

November 2007

The Princess and the Pancreas: A Fable About Type 1 Diabetes
The Princess and the Pancreas: A Fable About Type 1 Diabetes

Once upon a time in a land called Sweeten, there lived a beautiful princess named Princess Tootsweet. She had long flowing hair, large dark eyes, and a lazy pancreas.

comments 7 comments - Posted Nov 21, 2007

You Knew It All Along: High Blood Sugar Makes Your Kids Act Up

Parents have always said that they can tell when their children's blood sugar is high by their kids' behavior, which tends to change, and not for the better, when their sugar is high. Now a formal study has confirmed just that.

comments 6 comments - Posted Nov 17, 2007

November 14 is Diabetes Day. Wouldn't it be nice not to need one?

As you may know, November is Diabetes Month and today is Diabetes Day, at least in New York City. The day kicks off in front of the United Nations, and even the Empire State Building will be bathed in blue light, the official diabetes color, to honor the occasion. As much as I love it that we now have our own month and day, I'm thinking: wouldn't it be nicer if we didn't need one?

comments 3 comments - Posted Nov 14, 2007

It Looks Like Our Society Actually Wants All Our Kids to be Fat!
It Looks Like Our Society Actually Wants All Our Kids to be Fat!

Right now, nearly one in six children is overweight. Given the findings of a group of studies recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, however, it's a wonder that they all aren't fat. Their environment is certainly working against them.

comments 4 comments - Posted Nov 7, 2007

A Time For Reflection: National Diabetes Month and International Diabetes Day
A Time For Reflection: National Diabetes Month and International Diabetes Day

Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and another 54 million people are knocking at that door. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the nation and may well be the most serious health problem facing America today. Nevertheless, the public doesn't seem to grasp the gravity of the situation, at least not like they did with polio, for instance, or AIDS.

comments 7 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2007

October 2007

Omega-3 Lowers Risk of Type 1 Diabetes by 55 Percent in High Risk Group
Omega-3 Lowers Risk of Type 1 Diabetes by 55 Percent in High Risk Group

Old-fashioned cod liver oil supplements in infancy have already been associated with a decreased risk of type 1 diabetes among Norwegian children, who are apparently given the omega-3-rich, albeit nauseating, tonic on a regular basis.

comments 3 comments - Posted Oct 30, 2007

Halloween, Kids, and Diabetes: A Different Kind of Treat Does the Trick
Halloween, Kids, and Diabetes: A Different Kind of Treat Does the Trick

Halloween and candy…candy and Halloween. No other holiday is so inextricably tied to sweets. It wasn't very long ago that I too was handing out Reese's Cups and Snickers bars to the troops of tiny ghosts and ballerinas who crowded around our door chirping "trick or treat!"

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 9, 2007

How I Coped With My Little Brother's Diabetes: Three Things That Made All the Difference
How I Coped With My Little Brother's Diabetes: Three Things That Made All the Difference

I was ten years old when my seven-year-old brother, Danny, was diagnosed with diabetes. After his diagnosis, he got pretty much all of my parents' attention.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 6, 2007

Type 1 Kids' Bones Come Out Okay

Researchers recently studied the bones of 41 children with type 1 who were an average of ten years old and had had type 1 for about four years.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 2, 2007

A Story of Fatherhood

Bryan Stubblefield is a big ruddy man with the gentlest manner you could imagine. This is the story of his little boy, who's overcoming almost insurmountable problems, and of the man who has learned from him what it really means to be a father.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 1, 2007

September 2007

AYUDA: Together We Are Stronger
AYUDA: Together We Are Stronger

American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc., also known as AYUDA, is a small organization with a lofty goal: to bring the diabetes camp experience to underprivileged children and youth with type 1 diabetes around the world.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 28, 2007

Parents Of A Type 1 Toddler Make Peace With Their New Life

I met Perry at a neighborhood Food Co-op four years ago when he noticed my jacket's JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) emblem, introduced himself, and asked if I knew of any diabetes support groups. His three-year old son, Max, had recently been diagnosed with type 1.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 24, 2007

Young Type 1's Suffer More From Skin Problems

In a recent study comparing 212 type 1 youngsters with 196 healthy controls, researchers found that 67 percent of the type 1's had at least one skin disorder, as opposed to only 26 percent of the control group.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 12, 2007

California Nurses Put the Brakes on Training Non-Medical School Staff

Recently, as the result of the settlement of a 2005 lawsuit filed by parents and the ADA, California schools were told that they must have staff available, trained but not necessarily licensed, to help diabetic students with their shots, monitoring, and other needs.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 4, 2007

All California Schools Have To Help Kids With Diabetes

Until today, California schools have insisted that only nurses could administer insulin and give other diabetes-related care to school children. Unfortunately, California only has one school nurse for every 2,257 students.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 2, 2007

August 2007

Put that Healthy Snack in a McDonald's Bag:  Your Brainwashed Child Will Love the Taste
Put that Healthy Snack in a McDonald's Bag: Your Brainwashed Child Will Love the Taste

McDonald's has spent a lot of money to worm its way into the psyche of your toddlers, to the point that they practically salivate like Pavlov's dog at the mere sight of a branded bag.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 27, 2007

For Heart Health, Make Your Type 1 Child Go Out and Play
For Heart Health, Make Your Type 1 Child Go Out and Play

The possibility of heart disease is a nagging worry when you have a child with type 1 diabetes. Sixty-nine percent of type 1 children have at least one cardiac risk factor.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 22, 2007

Diabetes Health TV Is Off and Running: Three New Live Shows Coming Right Up
Diabetes Health TV Is Off and Running: Three New Live Shows Coming Right Up

You may as well get into the habit of tuning in to Diabetes Health TV at noon Pacific time, because we're rolling out new shows at a rapid clip.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 21, 2007

It's Time to Tune In!
It's Time to Tune In!

Friday at 12:00 noon Pacific time, Diabetes Health's flagship TV show, Diabetes Live, is coming to you live on our website at DiabetesHealth.com.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 16, 2007

Courtney Lovell: An Everyday Diabetes Hero Who's Taking It One Day at a Time
Courtney Lovell: An Everyday Diabetes Hero Who's Taking It One Day at a Time

Courtney Lovell remembers vividly when her little sister, Marah, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As the eldest in a family of seven children, Courtney was her mom's right hand.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 16, 2007

Type 1 Most Common in White Kids, Type 2 in American Indian Teens.

The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study is the largest standardized registry of childhood diabetes in the United States. The study, which examined 2,435 kids under age twenty who were diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes between 2002 and 2003, covers a population of more than ten million person-years (the number of individuals in a study times the number of years of follow-up per person).

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 5, 2007

Virginia Non-Medical School Personnel Help Care For Diabetic Students

In 1999, Virginia passed a law requiring non-medical school personnel to help students with their type 1 diabetes whenever a school nurse isn't around. A recent study looked at who was filling in for the missing nurses and whether they were doing a good job of it.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 3, 2007

A Good Night's Sleep With Diabetes

Parents of newly-diagnosed children with diabetes have something in common - they don't sleep soundly through the night. Anxiety soars in the darkness. When our son Danny was diagnosed at age seven, my husband Brian and I barely closed our eyes, and we set our alarm to check on him at least once every night.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 2, 2007

July 2007

Lilly, IDF and ADA announce U.S. launch of
Lilly, IDF and ADA announce U.S. launch of "Inspired by Diabetes" Creative Expression Competition

Chicago - Eli Lilly and Company, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) today announced the U.S. launch of the Inspired by Diabetes Creative Expression Competition, a global and national contest asking people with diabetes, as well as their family and friends, to express how diabetes has had an impact on their lives - and share those stories with others around the world.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 27, 2007

Do You Know a Diabetes Hero?
Do You Know a Diabetes Hero?

We are seeking stories of people who are diabetes heroes. You know them: they've struggled against adversity and overcome it with grace. They've gone above and beyond to help others, or they're simply an inspiration to everyone they meet.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 20, 2007

Beaded Daisy Makes A Daisy of an ID Bracelet
Beaded Daisy Makes A Daisy of an ID Bracelet

Beaded Daisy owner Regan King, who has two kids with diabetes, started her company when her ten-year-old son couldn't find a non-traditional medical ID that he liked. Beaded Daisy makes medical ID bracelets and necklaces to fill that need at affordable prices.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 19, 2007

Even Superheroes Get Diabetes: Another Kid's Comic Book
Even Superheroes Get Diabetes: Another Kid's Comic Book

The Washington boys, Kamaal and Malcolm, were the first to bring diabetes to the world of comic books with Dr. Diabetes, a super-villain who is overcome by our hero Omega Boy in a pair of stories that introduce type 1 diabetes in a kid-friendly format.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 11, 2007

Paper Planning Tool Proven To Improve Management Of Type 1 Diabetes In Children

Sidney, NY, July 6, 2007 - A study by the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston has found that the AT-A-GLANCE® Balance & Stretch® Day Planner is an effective tool in improving the management of type 1 diabetes in children. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) highlighted the results of the study at its 67th Scientific Session in Chicago.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 7, 2007

Obese At Eighteen?  Toss a Coin to See If You'll Get Diabetes
Obese At Eighteen? Toss a Coin to See If You'll Get Diabetes

Obese eighteen-year-old boys with a body mass index between thirty and 35 have a one in two chance of developing diabetes later in life. The odds are even a bit worse for obese young women. These were the dismal findings of a study just published in Diabetes Care using data from the National Health Interview Survey of 780,694 people between 1997 and 2004.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 7, 2007

June 2007

The Washington Boys and Their Activist Family Create a Diabetes Comic Book Superhero
The Washington Boys and Their Activist Family Create a Diabetes Comic Book Superhero

Kamaal Washington was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was nine. He's thirteen now. In those four years, he's become an advocate for diabetes and the author, with his brother Malcolm and help from his parents, of a diabetes educational superhero comic book that's swept the nation beyond their wildest expectations. But it all started when he began to be really, really thirsty.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 27, 2007

Watching TV Directly Correlated to Higher A1c's in Kids with Type 1 Diabetes
Watching TV Directly Correlated to Higher A1c's in Kids with Type 1 Diabetes

Every hour that type 1 children spend watching cartoons, sitcoms, and even, alas, public television, correlates to an increase in A1c, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 26, 2007

Mobile Technology and Blood Glucose Monitoring
Mobile Technology and Blood Glucose Monitoring

Adolescents don't always check their blood glucose levels as often as they should. Because frequent monitoring is a keystone of diabetes care, this can make their parents frantic.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 24, 2007

Is Your Diabetic Child Prepared for a School Emergency?
Is Your Diabetic Child Prepared for a School Emergency?

These days, it doesn't take much imagination to envision a weapon, bomb, chemical, or biological threat occurring at school. Such a situation, although unlikely, is a possibility in today's world. Consequently, parents must consider whether their diabetic child is properly prepared for a crisis. An examination of your child's school emergency plan may be well worth your time.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 20, 2007

A Father's Story of His Child's Diagnosis
A Father's Story of His Child's Diagnosis

I'll never forget coaching my oldest child's soccer practice on that cool damp evening in late April. The moment I laid eyes on my ten-year-old daughter as she walked onto the soccer field, I knew that something wasn't right.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 6, 2007

May 2007

Potluck Puzzles: A Fun Diabetes Education Tool
Potluck Puzzles: A Fun Diabetes Education Tool

Remember the Highlights magazines that used to be in waiting rooms when you were a kid, full of mazes, crossword puzzles, words to unscramble, and connect-the-lines games? Potluck Puzzles are little booklets full of the same sort of fun, but the puzzles are all about diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 8, 2007

Auction Action Benefits the JDRF
Auction Action Benefits the JDRF

Brenda Novak has no small goal: She wants to develop a fundraising tradition for the JDRF that will rival Jerry Lewis’s telethon.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 5, 2007

Type 2 Kids Developing Complications
Type 2 Kids Developing Complications

Speaking at a recent cardiology conference, Dr. Kathleen Wyne of the University of Texas reported that children with type 2 are showing complications a mere five or six years after their diagnosis. Compared with adolescents who have type 1, type 2s have more obesity, overweight, hypertension, high triglycerides, low HDL (healthy cholesterol), microalbuminuria, and retinopathy.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 3, 2007

Type 1 Diabetes: A Parent's Perspective
Type 1 Diabetes: A Parent's Perspective

Last summer our family changed forever when Lauren, our nine-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. A whirlwind of shock, anger, and worry engulfed me as I watched an incurable chronic illness move into our home.

comments 5 comments - Posted May 1, 2007

April 2007

Dream Fund Contest Winner Announced by Bayer
Dream Fund Contest Winner Announced by Bayer

About four years ago, John Dennis approached Bayer to underwrite his dream, which was to be the first person with diabetes to successfully compete in the Around Alone global yacht race. Bayer funded John, and then the company founded a $100,000 annual contest to help other inspiring people with diabetes accomplish their extraordinary goals.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 30, 2007

Type 1 Pop Star, Nick Jonas Tells His Story
Type 1 Pop Star, Nick Jonas Tells His Story

Nick Jonas is a personable boy of fourteen who happens to be a member of the Jonas Brothers Band, a group of three brothers with a devoted following of very passionate young fans. In November 2005, Nick Jonas found out that he had type 1 diabetes.

comments 1469 comments - Posted Apr 27, 2007

"I Am" Poem

I am athletic and a diabetic.
I wonder if I will ever quit basketball.
I hear the ball bouncing on the court.
I see me in the hall of fame of all the sports I play.
I want to score 1,000 points in my high school career.
I am athletic and a diabetic.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 20, 2007

OneTouch® Meter Upgrade Offered To OneTouch® Users At No Charge
OneTouch® Meter Upgrade Offered To OneTouch® Users At No Charge

Milpitas, CA, March 30, 2007 – LifeScan, Inc., maker of OneTouch® Brand Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems, is offering customers that own one of several models of OneTouch Brand Systems a no-charge meter upgrade to one of the company's latest, most innovative meters.(1)

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 20, 2007

Mr. Universe's Police Run-In Becomes a Force for Education
Mr. Universe's Police Run-In Becomes a Force for Education

The story of Doug Burns’ arrest during a low blood sugar episode has generated a lot of comments from the diabetes community. How did it happen, why did it happen, and how could it have been handled differently?

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 19, 2007

Geocaching For Diabetes Awareness
Geocaching For Diabetes Awareness

Want to get some exercise, hunt for treasure, and raise diabetes awareness at the same time? Play the “Unite for Diabetes Travel Bug Challenge.”  It’s a geocaching game with a high purpose, and all you need to play is a Global Positioning System unit (GPS) and a sense of adventure.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 19, 2007

Making Book: What to Read
Making Book: What to Read

3 Great New Books reviewed: Cheating Destiny, The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting and Know Your Numbers, Outlive your Diabetes

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 15, 2007

The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes
The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes

After author Laura Plunkett’s seven-year-old son, Danny, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she felt engulfed by anxiety and overwhelmed by the challenges of his care.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 15, 2007

A Leading Pediatric Endocrinologist Talks About Kids: Keeping BGs Steady
A Leading Pediatric Endocrinologist Talks About Kids: Keeping BGs Steady

What’s the most important goal for kids and families dealing with diabetes? Learn all you can, and then strive for the best possible blood glucose levels without excessive hypoglycemia. This is a tough goal to attain. Our tools, food, insulin, and monitoring, while the best they have ever been, are still imprecise. And although optimal glucose control is critical for immediate and long-term health, one must always be wary of severe and recurring hypoglycemia.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 13, 2007

How's It Going With Your Diabetic Teen? One Mother Shares a Success Story
How's It Going With Your Diabetic Teen? One Mother Shares a Success Story

Like a fish on a fragile line, handling teenagers requires a delicate touch. My teenage son Danny has type 1 diabetes, and I’ve learned that when he overlooks important aspects of his self-care, it’s paramount not to let the lines of communication break. Sometimes calm restraint is the best option, as a recent incident demonstrates.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 12, 2007

Eight-Year Old Tells Her Story
Eight-Year Old Tells Her Story

If you don’t know what diabetes is, I’ll explain to you what it is. Hi, my name is Erin. I’m eight years old, and I have diabetes. I can tell you what I have to do every day to keep myself healthy. Now I have to check my blood sugar four times a day, every day. And I also have to take shots. No, it’s not fun, but I have to.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 11, 2007

Making a Difference
Making a Difference

Six years ago, Julie DeFruscio’s two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Two years later, her 13-year-old son was also diagnosed with type 1. And four months after that, her ten-year-old son diagnosed himself with diabetes - unfortunately, he was right.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 11, 2007

Parents Can't See Their Children's Chubbiness
Parents Can't See Their Children's Chubbiness

In a survey of over 1200 families, researchers with Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research discovered a new kind of blindness: the inability to see your offspring as overweight. They found that 89 percent of parents of overweight children between five and six years old, and 63 percent of parents of overweight kids between ten and twelve years old, did not realize that their children were chubby. 71 percent of the former and 43 percent of the latter did not see their child’s weight as a problem.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 3, 2007

Bristol Study Finds Growth of Type 1 Diabetes in Children Under 5 Years
Bristol Study Finds Growth of Type 1 Diabetes in Children Under 5 Years

A Bristol University study of 2.6 million people between 1985 and 2004 has found that the number of children under five years old with type 1 diabetes has grown by 2.3 percent every year, to one child in every 1000. That’s a five-fold increase over the twenty-year period. Meanwhile, the number of diagnosed kids under fifteen, which includes the most ages most commonly diagnosed, doubled during that time.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 3, 2007

March 2007

Making a Pump Case of It
Making a Pump Case of It

Deborah Tally has found a fun and inexpensive way to pump up the coolness quotient of insulin pumps, by using colorful cell phone cases from the dollar store instead of a standard pump case.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 31, 2007

Have your say!
Have your say!

Diabetes Health continues to roll out exciting changes to our newly redesigned website. All articles now have a comments field where you can speak your mind. If you choose to register as a Diabetes Health community member, your comments will post immediately, allowing you to interact with other members of the Diabetes Health community in real time.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 29, 2007

Medtronic Gets FDA Approval of CGMs For Kids and Launches a New Guardian
Medtronic Gets FDA Approval of CGMs For Kids and Launches a New Guardian

Medtronic has received FDA approval for pediatric models of both of its REAL-Time continuous glucose monitors, the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time System and the Guardian REAL-Time System. Previously approved only for adults, both pediatric models will be appropriate for kids ages 7-17.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 29, 2007

Interview with a Pediatric Endocrinologist: Dr. Morey Haymond
Interview with a Pediatric Endocrinologist: Dr. Morey Haymond

Q: Please describe your background.

Morey Haymond: A pediatric endocrinologist by training, I have been involved in metabolic studies of kids, infants, and adults for 35 years. I work with children who have disorders of carbohydrate metabolism, including diabetes and hypoglycemia. Understanding the regulation of those processes has been a focus of my research, and I have looked at amino acid and fat metabolism as well.

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 29, 2007

Eight Ways to Improve Your Family’s Eating Habits: Laura Plunkett speaks about her son Danny at the UCSF Type one conference March 3, in San Francisco
Eight Ways to Improve Your Family’s Eating Habits: Laura Plunkett speaks about her son Danny at the UCSF Type one conference March 3, in San Francisco

When my seven-year-old son, Danny, was diagnosed with type 1diabetes, I had to take a serious look at his diet. He had always been our “picky” eater, and I had gone along with his demands to keep the peace. As a result, his favorite foods at the time of his diagnosis were pancakes with syrup, grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, cookies, juice, and the only vegetable he ate—cucumbers. These foods became the centerpiece of the meal plan constructed by the hospital nutritionist.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 21, 2007

Hard Data About Soft Drinks: Good Health Is Drowning in 52 Gallons of Sugar Water
Hard Data About Soft Drinks: Good Health Is Drowning in 52 Gallons of Sugar Water

You can call it a sparkling beverage, but you can’t call it healthy: An analysis of 88 studies on the effects of regular (non-diet) soda pop, the best-selling item in grocery stores, has concluded that it’s not good for you. Soft drinks, sold to the tune of $11.7 billion a year, are associated with reduced milk and nutrient intake and with increased calorie consumption, body weight, and type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 15, 2007

Jonas Brothers Band Member Reveals He Has Diabetes: Nick Jonas, age 14, hopes his story will inspire other kids with diabetes
Jonas Brothers Band Member Reveals He Has Diabetes: Nick Jonas, age 14, hopes his story will inspire other kids with diabetes

New York, New York - March 12, 2007 - About 1,000 people attending the Diabetes Research Institute’s Carnival for a Cure fundraising event in New York yesterday were treated to a live concert by the young pop rock band, the Jonas Brothers, and some surprising inspiration from one of the band members.

comments 123 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2007

Diabetes Health Launches New Web Site
Diabetes Health Launches New Web Site

Approximately a million people a day look to the Internet for answers about diabetes. Now Diabetes Health, a long-time leader in patient advocacy through Diabetes Health magazine, has launched the best site on the web for finding those answers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 9, 2007

Diabetes Camp Is More Than Cool
Diabetes Camp Is More Than Cool

Often kids with type 1 diabetes feel isolated. Even a sleepover is problematic, because other parents are often afraid to take on the care of a diabetic youngster. And finding a friend with diabetes is a challenge because it’s rare that anybody else in town has it: Only about one of every 600 children is affected.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2007

February 2007

Joslin Study Finds Increased Use of Insulin Pumps, New Insulin Types Give Teens More Tools to Better Manage Diabetes

BOSTON - Feb. 27, 2007 - It is widely recognized that the teenage years are often a challenging time for youth with diabetes to maintain good blood glucose control. Hormonal changes, peer pressure, food temptations, and resistance to following good health practices are among the factors that make it difficult for many youngsters. Unfortunately, poor diabetes control places youth at increased risk of developing complications from diabetes later in life.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 28, 2007

National Foundation For Infectious Diseases Urges Increased Influenza Vaccination Rates For Persons With Diabetes

BETHESDA, MD - February 21, 2007 - The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is calling for the medical and public health community to increase alarmingly low influenza vaccination rates among persons with diabetes – the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 23, 2007

Kids Who Stay on the Pump Are Rewarded With Good Control

Kids who discontinue pump therapy become “less adherent” and achieve poorer BG results than kids who remain on the pump, according to Joslin researchers who followed a group of type 1 youth starting the pump between 1998 and 2001.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Celiac Disease and Type 1 Development Linked

Swedish researchers say that children with celiac disease are at increased risk of developing type 1.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Better to Keep Weight In Check During Infancy

Researchers in Finland are advising parents that excess weight gain during infancy increases the risk of impaired glucose tolerance and type 2.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Phone Support Does Not Improve BGs in Type 1 Kids

If your child has diabetes, researchers say that scheduled bimonthly phone support does not improve A1C level, admission rates, diabetes knowledge, psychological function, or self-management.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Routines Advisable for Behavior-Challenged Kids with Type 1

“Parents of behaviorally problematic children diagnosed with type 1 might be advised to instill routines in their child’s daily activities to increase the likelihood of treatment adherence, and thereby reduce the risk of morbidity and early mortality.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Almost 10% of Poorly Controlled Type 1 Kids Are Depressed

Type 1 children who suffer from depression and come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds tend to have worse blood glucose control. Adding to that, Texas researchers say, “The probability of depression increases as glycemic control worsens. Screening for depression should be routinely carried out in patients with type 1 diabetes, targeting patients with deteriorating glycemic control.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

High BGs Affect Emotion and Behavior of Type 1 Kids
High BGs Affect Emotion and Behavior of Type 1 Kids

In kids with type 1, higher BGs can mean higher rates of affected emotion and behavior. That was the finding of Australian researchers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

December 2006

Breastfed Babies Better Off in Avoiding Obesity
Breastfed Babies Better Off in Avoiding Obesity

Regardless of maternal diabetes or weight status, Harvard researchers say that breastfeeding is “inversely associated” with childhood obesity. The researchers urge all mothers to breastfeed their infants to reduce the risk for childhood obesity.

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Hypos Decreased During Exercise When Basal is Discontinued

“Discontinuing basal insulin during exercise is an effective strategy for reducing hypoglycemia in children with type 1 diabetes,” say researchers from Tampa, Florida, “but the risk of hyperglycemia is increased.”

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Cold and Flu Cough Syrup Safe for Type 1 Kids
Cold and Flu Cough Syrup Safe for Type 1 Kids

With the cold and flu season upon us, Health Care Products, the maker of Diabetic Tussin, has introduced its Diabetic Tussin for Children line, which is formulated to be safe for children with diabetes.

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November 2006

Introducing the Diabetes Health magazine Digital Advantage

Diabetes Health magazine, a leading and highly valued source for diabetes awareness and education, is doing its part to honor National Diabetes Month by offering (for a limited time) free subscriptions to its newly launched digital magazine, “Diabetes Health Digital Advantage™.”

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October 2006

Halloween
Halloween

Let’s be realistic. Many children look forward all year long to Halloween, and Halloween usually means bags full of sugary candy. But Halloween can still be enjoyed by children with diabetes if parents help monitor their snacking. With some planning, Halloween treats do not need to cause havoc with your child’s blood glucose control.

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Are Type 1 Kids Slow to Grow?
Are Type 1 Kids Slow to Grow?

Sudanese researchers have found that conventional therapy of children with type 1 is associated with impaired physical growth and delayed sexual maturation.

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Things Getting a Bit Easier for Students With Diabetes
Things Getting a Bit Easier for Students With Diabetes

Diabetes and school make a difficult combination. Dealing with temporary basal rates, tests (for both BGs and academics), lunch, recess, and so on can all throw a student’s diabetes management a major-league curve.

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September 2006

Technology Research
Technology Research

Real-Time Pump and CGMS Technology Given the Go-Ahead by the FDA

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Type 1 Kids Consume Fewer Carbs and More Fat than Nondiabetic Kids

Type 1 adolescents consume fewer calories from carbohydrates and more calories from fat than adolescents without diabetes, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, who say this is a concern given the risk that type 1 diabetes poses for cardiovascular disease.

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August 2006

Few Pediatricians Support Screening for Type 1
Few Pediatricians Support Screening for Type 1

Iowa researchers examined the effect of state policy and perceived state policy on pediatricians’ attitudes toward newborn screening for type 1 diabetes.

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July 2006

School’s Out for Sugary Drinks
School’s Out for Sugary Drinks

On May 3, 2006, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation—a joint initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association—ironed out an agreement with representatives of Cadbury Schweppes, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the American Beverage Association to establish new guidelines limiting portion sizes and reducing the number of calories available to children during the school day. In short, only lower-calorie and nutritious beverages will be sold in schools.

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Teen’s Book Offers Advice on Living With Type 1
Teen’s Book Offers Advice on Living With Type 1

In “The Diabetes Game: A Teenager’s Guide to Living Well With Diabetes” (Rewarding Health, 2006), 17-year-old Nora Coon offers teenagers advice on how to cope with juvenile diabetes.

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June 2006

Diabetes Camp 2006
Diabetes Camp 2006

Summer Fun for Kids! Complete listing of Diabetes Camp 2006

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New Program Offers Entertainment and Diabetes Education
New Program Offers Entertainment and Diabetes Education

Are you unable to tear your child away from the computer? Do you want your child to learn more about diabetes? “Type 1 Diabetes in Children: A Passport to Knowledge,” from Savvy Knowledge Systems, may be your solution.

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May 2006

Dudley Shoots to Help Kids With Diabetes
Dudley Shoots to Help Kids With Diabetes

When retired NBA center Chris Dudley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1981, the high school sophomore’s first concern was whether he would be able to continue playing sports.

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April 2006

A Glimpse at What Dads of Type 1 Kids Go Through

In an effort to describe fathers’ experiences with parenting and managing the care of their type 1 kids, researchers conducted 16 open-ended in-depth interviews with 14 “purposively selected involved, educated, stably employed fathers of 15 children younger than 10 years old.”

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Pump Therapy Called Safe for Toddlers

Pump therapy in preschool children, according to researchers at Texas Children’s Hospital, is “feasible and safe.”

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Diabetes Teen Talk Launches
Diabetes Teen Talk Launches

Diabetes Teen Talk is a new online community aimed at educating and inspiring teens with diabetes. The site, www.diabetesteentalk.com, launched in January 2006, and it will offer interviews, articles, a message board and a chat room where teens can learn more about diabetes and connect with others.

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Hala Khalaf Captures the Global Essence of Being Young With Diabetes
Hala Khalaf Captures the Global Essence of Being Young With Diabetes

Hala Khalaf is the author of “Young Voices: Life With Diabetes” (John Wiley & Sons, 2005). Her book is an intimate portrayal of how culture influences the daily lives of 13 young people with diabetes from around the world.

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March 2006

Nicotine Exposure May Predispose Children to Type 2 Later in Life

Fetal and neonatal exposure to nicotine may increase a child’s risk of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

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December 2005

Severe Hypos May Impair Spatial Memory
Severe Hypos May Impair Spatial Memory

In a recent journal article, researchers noted that early exposure to and high frequency of severe hypoglycemia “negatively affects long-term spatial performance” in children with type 1.

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November 2005

Type 1 Kids Show Lower Levels of Exercise Capacity
Type 1 Kids Show Lower Levels of Exercise Capacity

Adolescents with type 1 exercise less than their nondiabetic counterparts, according to researchers.

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Smoke Exposure Predicts Heart Disease and Type 2 in Kids

Exposure to tobacco smoke is associated with metabolic syndrome in young people, according to New York researchers.

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Lantus a Suitable Option for Type 1 Tykes

“The use of flexible multiple daily insulin [FMDI] therapy with glargine [Lantus] among preschool-aged children with type 1 diabetes mellitus was associated with improved overall glycemic control and decreased frequency of severe hypoglycemia.”

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October 2005

Considering an Insulin Pump for a Young Child?
Considering an Insulin Pump for a Young Child?

There’s no argument that an insulin pump is the best choice for diabetes management for a very young child. Many articles have appeared in the past five years that support this opinion.

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Preventing Type 2 In Your Kids
Preventing Type 2 In Your Kids

One of the most alarming studies to be published in recent years was the prediction that one in three children born after the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes during his or her lifetime.

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September 2005

Studies Demonstrate Benefits of Pumping
Studies Demonstrate Benefits of Pumping

Type 1 Kids Do Well on Pumps

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August 2005

Back to School Basics for People With Diabetes
Back to School Basics for People With Diabetes

Thousands of people will prepare for school this month with the comforting ritual of buying folders, book covers, pencils and clothes. In the spirit of that preparation, I must ask, What about diabetes? What steps are you going to take to avoid the stress highs, mid-morning lows and the unexpected this school year?

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Pack It Up
Pack It Up

In a partnership with Fridge-to-Go, Critters, Inc., has launched their new Children’s Diabetes Pack.

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New Book Explores the Voices of Young People With Diabetes
New Book Explores the Voices of Young People With Diabetes

Presenting what it calls “an intimate portrayal of the lives of 13 extraordinary young people,” Novo Nordisk has published “Young Voices, Life With Diabetes.”

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Youthful Relationships

Dietary glycemic load may predict the level of HDL cholesterol in younger people.

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July 2005

Reading and Writing and BMI?
Reading and Writing and BMI?

This fall, parents in some parts of the nation will receive letters from their child’s school saying their child is too heavy. This is meant to be a prevention and education tactic to combat the increasing number of children with or at risk for conditions like type 2, but it is raising many an eyebrow.

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June 2005

Type 1 Superhero Saves the Day
Type 1 Superhero Saves the Day

“Omega Boy Versus Doctor Diabetes” is a comic book written by brothers Kamaal and Malcolm Washington. The brothers—ages 11 and 9, respectively—are the sons of Alonzo Washington, publisher, co-writer, co-creator and owner of Omega 7 comic books.

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May 2005

Diabetes Camp
Diabetes Camp

There are few kinds of diabetes education that are more beneficial for youth than diabetes camp. The “father of diabetes treatment,” Elliot P. Joslin, often referred to camps as “islands of safety for children with diabetes.”

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Diabetes Education for Kids
Diabetes Education for Kids

Being the parent of a child with type 1, I was anxious to evaluate Diabetes Education for Kids by Dbaza, Inc. This software explains the different elements of diabetes and shows the child how to manage them.

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April 2005

Insulin Calculating
Insulin Calculating

“Errors in calculation of insulin dosage by adolescents occur frequently,” write U.C. Davis researchers in a recent study. “Consistent use of an insulin dosage calculation device may help to improve metabolic control in adolescents using multiple daily injections (MDI) or continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion pumps (CSII).”

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Residential Program Gets Newly Diagnosed Kids Off To A Good Start
Residential Program Gets Newly Diagnosed Kids Off To A Good Start

As soon as a child is diagnosed with diabetes, there are an almost overwhelming number of things that must be done:

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Getting Ready for Diabetes Camp?
Getting Ready for Diabetes Camp?

It isn’t too early to be thinking about diabetes summer camp for your child.

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BG Control in Type 1 Preschoolers
BG Control in Type 1 Preschoolers

The MiniMed continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) may have an advantage over self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) when it comes to revealing daily glucose trends, according to Texas researchers.

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February 2005

Hypoglycemia Risks in Type 1 Children Still a Major Problem

Although severe hypoglycemia is a definite problem for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, newer therapies may improve control without increasing the risk of severe hypoglycemia.

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December 2004

What Foods Do You Recommend for My Granddaughter Who Takes Insulin?

Q: My 6-year-old granddaughter is receiving insulin injections. Are there any booklets I can get that have sample menus for a child that young? She is coming to visit me, and I would like to have the proper foods available.

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October 2004

AFT Decision Needs to Stay After School

In the last few months, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) met and issued guidelines on caring for a child with diabetes at school. After their annual meeting in July, the AFT released a brochure outlining their position on diabetes care.

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Estimating Your Blood Glucose Level

Some researchers believe that having type 1 children practice at estimating their blood glucose (BG) levels is not an effective way to increase accuracy and “may be contraindicated.”

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September 2004

Type 1 and the Teenage Years

Young people with type 1 diabetes, like other people with diabetes, want to lead a normal life without making diabetes their top priority. Their philosophy is, "I’ll do what it takes to keep from going too low and embarrassing myself in front of my friends, but I don’t want to be too ‘nerdy’ about it."

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Taking Diabetes to School
Taking Diabetes to School

It’s September, which means it’s back to school time!

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July 2004

Attention, Type 1 Teens
Attention, Type 1 Teens

Eating problems and eating disorders are common among teenagers, especially those with diabetes. If you are preoccupied with thoughts about your weight or about eating, if your eating is out of control, or if eating problems are interfering with your ability to manage your diabetes, here are a few suggestions that can help:

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Type 1 Girls Linked to Abnormal Eating Patterns
Type 1 Girls Linked to Abnormal Eating Patterns

Eating disturbances, though mostly mild, were significantly more common in preteen and early-teenage girls with type 1 diabetes.

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June 2004

Alternate-Site Testing for Diabetic Children Gets Thumbs Up

United Kingdom researchers argue that testing blood glucose at the forearm “is an acceptable alternative to finger-prick testing for blood glucose measurement in children and adolescents.”

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May 2004

Diabetes and Communication

Does your child have diabetes? Do you communicate well with him or her?

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17 Going On 18: How to Know When It’s Time to Let Go
17 Going On 18: How to Know When It’s Time to Let Go

The terms “adolescent” or “young adult” are not differentiated by age but by the responsibilities that separate them.

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March 2004

CGMS Recognizes Ups and Downs in Kids' Control

Medtronic MiniMed’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS) improved kids' control by providing them with accurate data—for adjustment of insulin treatments—and by promoting better communication and motivation.

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February 2004

Video for Kids With Type 2 Diabetes

National Health Video has produced an 18-minute educational video titled “Children and Teens With Type 2 Diabetes.”

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Researchers Analyze Teenage Diets and the Risk of Type 1

Icelandic researchers who investigated the relation of food to the incidence of type 1 diabetes among adolescents from 11 European countries report some unexpected findings…

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Give Your Relationship a Reality Check

Having a chronic disease like diabetes can put a great deal of pressure on a relationship. In fact the divorce rate for people with chronic diseases is known to be higher than that of the general population.

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Gluten in Infants’ Diet Linked to Type 1 Antibodies

If your child is younger than 3 months, you might want to be cautious about adding any foods that contain gluten to the baby’s diet.

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Can Early Cereal Feeding Cause Type 1 Diabetes?

Scientists have often speculated about the role various foods in the infant diet might play in the development of type 1 diabetes.

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November 2003

Did You Set Up a 504 Plan With Your Child's School? 25% of Parents Polled Don't Know What a 504 Is

If your child has diabetes, have you worked with school staff to set up a 504 plan to accommodate your child’s special needs?

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July 2003

Protect Your Child at School

In 1999, Crystal Jackson feared for the life of her daughter, Devin, who has type 1 diabetes.

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Stop Right Where You Are!

A push to screen children for diabetes at birth in Finland has identified about 75 percent of those who later developed diabetes at an early age.

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Stop Right Where You Are! Finns Testing Kids at Birth for Diabetes.

A push to screen children for diabetes at birth in Finland has identified about 75 percent of those who later developed diabetes at an early age.

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May 2003

A Mom’s Story

There is nothing like a family member's health crisis to totally shake up your world.

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A Greater Sense of Responsibility and Independence

Make sure that when you inject the glucagon, you push down on the plunger with lots of force," said the nurse practitioner. "It's very important that you remember to do that!"

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Diabetes Camping Program Gets Funding From Donovan McNabb Foundation

A foundation headed by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has donated $150,000 to the American Diabetes Association's youth camping program.

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Does Diabetes Affect Your Child’s Grades?

A University of Iowa study indicates that socioeconomic status and behavioral problems are more likely than poor metabolic control to affect grades in children with type 1 diabetes.

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New Educational Game Highlights - the Benefits of Insulin Pump Therapy

A new educational tool is now available to help people with diabetes learn virtually firsthand the impact of using insulin pump therapy to achieve tight blood-glucose control.

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April 2003

Take a Deep Breath

Inhalable insulin is on the horizon—but will it be a good choice of therapies?

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Low-GI Diet Does Not Limit Variety or Food Quality

Children with type 1 diabetes who followed a low glycemic index (low-GI) diet for one year ate approximately the same amount of macronutrients and variety of foods as a group that followed the traditional carbohydrate-exchange diet, say researchers in Australia.

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McLawsuit Tossed

"Nobody is forced to eat at McDonald's," a federal judge said as he threw out a class-action lawsuit that blamed McDonald's food for causing obesity, diabetes and other health problems in children.

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Risk Assessment for People Who Developed Type 2 at a Young Age

Pima Indians who developed type 2 diabetes before they were 20 years old later developed kidney disease at the same rate as those who got type 2 as adults.

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Humalog Before Lunch Provides Later Benefits

A recent study by French researchers demonstrated that taking an injection of Humalog (insulin lispro) before lunch can lower dinnertime blood-glucose levels in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Boys in particular also saw improved overall blood-glucose control after adding the lunchtime Humalog.

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March 2003

Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children Experience Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

They're fighting a war, but it isn't on foreign soil. This war is in their own homes, and it involves a diabetes diagnosis for their child. The outcome—post-traumatic stress disorder—is all too real among these reluctant "soldiers."

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Diabetes and Celiac Disease

Only since the early 1950s have medical doctors in the United States recognized that celiac disease (also called gluten enteropathy) requires a lifelong commitment to a gluten-free diet.

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Funding Bill Becomes a Law

On December 17, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 5738—a $1.5 billion bill that will substantially increase and extend funding for the Special Diabetes Program.

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February 2003

Babies Sought for Diabetes Prevention Study

A multinational 10-year study, known as the Trial to Reduce Insulin-Dependent Diabetes in the Genetically at Risk (TRIGR), is enlisting the participation of newborns who have a parent or sibling with type 1 diabetes.

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New Software Helps Teach Children About Diabetes

Software designed to help children who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes learn how to manage their condition is available from dbaza, Inc., of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for use by both individuals and professionals.

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'Significant' Increase in Type 1 Reported in Denmark

Children born in Denmark after 1985 are at increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, say researchers involved in the Danish Study Group of Diabetes in Childhood, who evaluated trends in age-specific incidence rates between 1970 and 2000.

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Significant Increase in Type 1 Reported in Denmark

Children born in Denmark after 1985 are at increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, say researchers involved in the Danish Study Group of Diabetes in Childhood, who evaluated trends in age-specific incidence rates between 1970 and 2000.

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January 2003

High Blood Pressure in Kids Predicts Insulin Resistance

If your teenager has high blood pressure, researchers in the Czech Republic suggest taking steps to ward off insulin resistance. They add that high blood pressure is also associated with low folate levels and a high homocysteine level.

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December 2002

Thyroid Autoimmunity Linked With Type 1 in Youth

Thyroid autoimmunity seems to be particularly common in children with type 1 diabetes during the second decade of life, say German researchers.

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Even Young Girls Should Watch Their Lipid Levels

High levels of cholesterol in girls early in life are associated with increased risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) later in life, say researchers based in Philadelphia and New Orleans.

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Out of This World!

Rufus and Ruby, created nearly eight years ago by a mom whose son has type 1 diabetes, floated gently back to earth on October 9, 2002, after taking a one-week trip aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.

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Thyroid Autoimmunity Linked With Type 1 in Youth

Thyroid autoimmunity seems to be particularly common in children with type 1 diabetes during the second decade of life, say German researchers.

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Out of This World! Bears With Diabetes Ride a Space Shuttle

Rufus and Ruby, created nearly eight years ago by a mom whose son has type 1 diabetes, floated gently back to earth on October 9, 2002, after taking a one-week trip aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.

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November 2002

No Kidding Around!

Parents who wanted to see GlucoWatch Biographers on the wrists of their children with diabetes received good news on August 28, 2002, with the announcement that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved the GlucoWatch for use with children ages 7 to 17. The device received earlier FDA approval for adults with diabetes in April 2002.

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It’s No Secret

Untreated celiac disease in children can stunt growth and cause lower A1Cs. However, researchers conducting a longitudinal study of children with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease say that following a gluten-free diet can restore normal growth and contribute to even lower A1Cs—and might also mitigate the blood-glucose deterioration commonly present during puberty.

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Never Too Early

Beginning at the age of 10, children who have type 1 diabetes should be screened for early markers of microvascular disease, say researchers in the United Kingdom.

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Never Too Early: Researchers Recommend Early Complications Screening for Type 1 Kids

Beginning at the age of 10, children who have type 1 diabetes should be screened for early markers of microvascular disease, say researchers in the United Kingdom.

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October 2002

Clinic Attendance Declines as Kids Transfer From Pediatric to Adult Diabetes Care

Researchers have observed a "marked decline in clinic attendance" among young people with diabetes around the time of transition from pediatric to adult health services.

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Children of Type 1 Moms Could Be at Risk for Heart Disease

Young children whose mothers had type 1 diabetes while pregnant could be at higher risk to develop heart disease in later life than children whose mothers did not have type 1 diabetes during pregnancy.

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Is Enterovirus in Pregnancy a Risk Factor for Type 1 Diabetes?

Does contracting an enterovirus infection early in pregnancy lead to a higher risk of your child having type 1 diabetes? Not necessarily, say researchers in Finland, which has the world's highest incidence of type 1 diabetes, according to statistics from the World Health Organization.

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September 2002

Getting Back to the Basics

"Your Child Has Diabetes" is an easy-to-read resource that touches on the basics of diabetes in children: understanding the difference between type 1 and type 2, using insulin and oral medications, planning meals and exercise, and dealing with the emotional aspects of having diabetes. It is packed with illustrations and written for a seventh- and eighth-grade reading level.

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Check It Out!

If you don't have insurance, your children could be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance, which is available in each state through the Department of Health and Human Services.

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A Bleak Picture

Type 2 diabetes, at one time referred to as "adult-onset" diabetes, was practically unheard of in young people 20 years ago. Today, it is not only sweeping through youth populations but also leading to dire complications.

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A Bleak Picture: First Documentation of the Effects of Type 2 on Children

Type 2 diabetes, at one time referred to as "adult-onset" diabetes, was practically unheard of in young people 20 years ago. Today, it is not only sweeping through youth populations but also leading to dire complications.

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Check It Out! Your Child Could Be Eligible for Free or Low-Cost Health Insurance

If you don't have insurance, your children could be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance, which is available in each state through the Department of Health and Human Services.

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August 2002

Back to School:Your Child’s Rights

Every year around this time, three words that kids hate—and parents love—to hear make their way into television commercials and print ads:

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A Research Extravaganza

Once again, Diabetes Health has read through more than 2,500 abstracts of research presented at the American Diabetes Association's annual Scientific Sessions and selected a few of the more interesting ones to pass along to you as part of our annual "Research Extravaganza" feature.

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July 2002

Healthy Choices for Healthier Children

Over the last two decades, losing weight has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. In fact, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, people are more health-conscious than ever before.

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Down to Halves

Novo Nordisk, of Princeton, New Jersey, has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new insulin delivery system with a special feature and design.

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June 2002

Type 1 Diabetes May Be a Risk Factor for Early Artery Disease in Children

Children with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have signs of artery disease than children without diabetes, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of Turku in Finland, writing in the February 2002 issue of Diabetes, suggest that oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol may contribute to this phenomenon.

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Is the Writing on the Wall?

The presence of specific types of antibodies may be able to help predict whether a child will develop type 1 diabetes. Among a test group of healthy children, all those who developed type 1 diabetes had these antibodies, according to a study published in the March 2002 issue of Diabetes Care.

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Weathering Type 1 Diabetes

What's the weather got to do with type 1 diabetes? A great deal, according to Zvi Laron, MD. Dr. Laron, professor emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology at Tel Aviv University in Israel, is just one of many doctors focusing his diabetes research on seasonality—specifically, the relation of winter weather to children's risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

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Case of Mistaken Identity

The West Boca Raton, Florida, school district has decided not to reprimand an assistant principal accused of harassing a student who was wearing an insulin pump, according to an April 24 South Florida Sun-Sentinel article.

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Case of Mistaken Identity: Teacher Accused of Harassing Student Wearing an Insulin Pump

The West Boca Raton, Florida, school district has decided not to reprimand an assistant principal accused of harassing a student who was wearing an insulin pump, according to an April 24 South Florida Sun-Sentinel article.

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May 2002

What’s Up, Doc?

It is important for every person with diabetes to find a doctor who suits his or her particular needs. For teenagers with diabetes, however, this is especially critical.

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Is There an Insulin Pump in the Classroom?

What do the school nurse and the education staff of your child's school know about insulin pump therapy? What should you tell the school system?

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Wear a Pump in Style

Pump Wear, Inc., of Latham, New York, is offering clothing and accessories for children with type 1 diabetes that allow them to wear their insulin pumps in style.

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More Summer Fun

The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc., of North Oxford, Massachusetts, is offering a range of overnight and day camping experiences for children with type 1 diabetes and their families in locations throughout the northeastern United States. The center recently launched day camps in several satellite locations, including New York City's Central Park and the towns of Newton and Worchester in Massachusetts.

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Give It to the Kids

Children with type 1 diabetes need intensive insulin therapy to help them achieve better long-term blood-glucose control and avoid complications later in life, according to Swedish researchers writing in the October 2001 issue of Diabetes, Nutrition & Metabolism.

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Cases of Type 2 Diabetes in British Caucasian Youth

In a report published in the March 2002 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood, England records its first cases of type 2 diabetes among Caucasian adolescents. (Cases of type 2 diabetes among adolescents of other racial groups have already been reported.)

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Mealtime Worries

They won't come to the table when called, they dawdle over their food, they would rather drink than eat and they might refuse to eat starches.

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Thumbs Up for Vitamin D

Giving a baby vitamin D supplements in its first year of life significantly reduces the child's chance of developing type 1 diabetes, according to a Finnish study. Researchers studied the effects of vitamin D supplementation on 10,366 children and published the results in the November 3, 2001, issue of The Lancet.

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Officials Announce that Childhood Vaccinations do not Increase the Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

Today's immunization schedule, which calls for up to 20 injections before a child turns 2 years old, does not increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes, doctors from the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine announced on February 20, 2002. However, the jury is still out on whether the immunizations put children at risk for asthma.

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Is There an Insulin Pump in the Classroom?

Are you planning to start your child on an insulin pump during summer vacation? While this may be a great time to get comfortable with a pump, the next challenge will come when the child returns to school.

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April 2002

Go to the Head of the Class

Having type 1 diabetes does not mean that a child will perform poorly in school. Researchers at the University of Iowa found that children with diabetes performed just as well—if not better—in school than their siblings and classmates who did not have diabetes, although those with diabetes had more school absences and displayed more behavioral problems.

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Researchers Find Cases of Celiac Disease in Children With Type 1 Diabetes; Most Did Not Have Symptoms

All children with type 1 diabetes should be screened for celiac disease, say researchers from Wisconsin, who drew their conclusion after finding cases of celiac disease in children with type 1. Most of the children who tested positive for celiac disease did not show any symptoms of this illness.

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March 2002

Camp Scholarship Set Up in Zula Walters’ Name

On January 14, at the fourth annual Diabetes Camping conference held at the Clara Barton Diabetes Center in North Oxford, Massachusetts, TheraSense, Inc., of Alameda, California, presented the Diabetes Camping Association (DCA) with a $10,000 scholarship in honor of DCA Executive Director Zula Walters, who is preparing for retirement.

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Researchers Say Metformin Works for Children with Type 2 Diabetes

Metformin is safe and effective for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in children, according to new research.

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A Serious Side Effect

Giving children certain drugs to treat psychotic illness can put them at risk for high blood glucose, which could lead to diabetes, according to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a researcher at Duke University.

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February 2002

Testing Brand Names On Kids

On December 18, 2001, the U.S. Congress approved a bill granting brand-name drug makers six months of marketing exclusivity after exclusive rights expire to allow them to test their medications on children. If signed by the president, the renewed bill would extend the current law for another five years, through 2007.

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Better Life and Better Control

Children with diabetes who have a better quality of life also maintain better control of their blood-glucose levels, according to worldwide statistics. Twenty-one research centers across 15 European countries, Canada and Japan participated in the study, which was published in the November 2001 issue of Diabetes Care.

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January 2002

Finding Friends With Diabetes

If you have diabetes, having friends who also have diabetes is an important part of life. Those friends provide support and, often, a sense of humor about what it means to live with diabetes.

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Nonstop May Be the Way to Go

Another study is suggesting that continuous glucose monitoring could be a superior testing method for determining optimal control.

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December 2001

Not Just Before Mealtime

Giving lispro (Humalog) insulin to young children after they eat is as effective as giving Regular insulin before a meal, researchers say. After-meal administration allows parents to match the lispro insulin dose to what the child actually eats.

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A Sharp Increase

Researchers from Germany believe that there will be a doubling in the incidence of type 1 diabetes in Germany by the year 2020.

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November 2001

Video Teaches Family and Support Network About Treating Hypoglycemia

Working in collaboration with diabetes health-care professionals at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Kathy Jensen, RD, CDE, has produced the first in a series of programs designed to be available and affordable to families with diabetes.

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Once Again, Breast Feeding Shown to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Breastfeeding for three months or more may help prevent diabetes in children, say researchers in Chile. Their study, one of many to reach the same conclusion, focused on how breastfeeding affected the levels of three types of islet-cell antoantibodies in children with type 1 diabetes. Researchers published their findings in the June issue of the Medical Magazine of Chile (Revista Medica de Chile).

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October 2001

Research Shows Daycare Helps Prevent Type 1 Diabetes

Daycare helps protect children under five years of age from developing type 1 diabetes, say researchers in Canada. Brinderjit Kaila, BCS, and colleagues from the University of Manitoba reviewed a handful of studies on the link between daycare and type 1 diabetes in children. The findings, which verified the hypothesis but did not find an ample amount of conclusive evidence, were published in the August issue of Diabetes Care.

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September 2001

Relationships With Moms Linked to Eating Disorders Among Type 1 Girls

Girls with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have eating disorders, which may be connected to their relationship with their mothers, according to researchers.

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MiniMed Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Detects Nocturnal Hypos in Kids

MiniMed's Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device was used to measure the prevalence of nighttime hypoglycemia (BGs below 40 mg/dl) and associate the occurrence of nighttime hypos and interstitial glucose levels every five minutes in a study of 47 children with diabetes.

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More Research From the Recent ADA Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia

Young children with type 1 diabetes who have a history of hypoglycemic events needing medical intervention are less likely to display emotions, have more family problems and have reduced fine-motor dexterity in their right hands, say researchers in Florida who tested preschool-aged children against their non-diabetic peers.

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August 2001

Test for Type 1 Causing Problems

Researchers say that psychosocial counseling for all people at risk for type 1 diabetes, as well as their family members, is of utmost importance.

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With Child? Humalog Provides Better Control of BGs

Pregnant women who use lispro (Humalog) have better blood-sugar control and few incidents of hypoglycemia during pregnancy, say researchers in both Germany and Colorado. In addition, German researchers say babies born to mothers who use Humalog have a better outcome and those in Colorado say the need for caesarian section is reduced in women who use Humalog.

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July 2001

Steep Type 1 Increase in Germany Baffles Researchers

Type 1 diabetes among children in Baden-Wuerttemberg, in Southwest Germany, has been rising at an average annual rate of 3.6 percent and researchers calculate that the rate will double within 20 years.

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Type 1 Rates Soar in Switzerland

Researchers announced an alarming average annual increase of 23.8 percent in newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes among children under the age of five in Switzerland.

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Detecting Type 1 in Children

Researchers at the University of Colorado announced that they have simplified the method in which doctors screen children for type 1 diabetes.

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First Things First

Don't look for rising blood pressure as a first indicator of impending kidney disease if the subject is a child.

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New Therapy for Kids

Not much strikes fear into the hearts of the parents of a type 1 child than one who is sick and cannot hold his or her food down or who refuses to eat. But researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, have found a solution.

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Stop Right Where You Are!

A push to screen children for diabetes at birth in Finland has identified about 75 percent of those who later developed diabetes at an early age.

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June 2001

Advice...For Kids with Diabetes: 11 Things Your Pediatric Endocrinologist Should Tell You
Advice...For Kids with Diabetes: 11 Things Your Pediatric Endocrinologist Should Tell You

I am a pediatric endocrinologist. I have been in practice for 18 years and see 12 to 15 kids every day.

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Boy’s Father Takes Part in His Diabetes Management

Carlos's HbA1c had been above 10.2% for the last three clinic visits. We were frustrated because he was 16 years old, had a great personality and knew a lot about diabetes management. Every time he came to clinic without his blood-sugar records, he would promise to bring them next time and also promised to get his HbA1c down. It was hard not to believe him because he was such a nice guy.

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A Father’s Day Gift

Father's Day is a good time to reflect upon the gift fathers give to their children and families when they assume an active role in the management of diabetes. Fathers play a pivotal role in helping the child and family cope effectively with the diagnosis and daily challenge of living with diabetes.

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When to Consider an Insulin Pump for Your Child

Caryn was a six-year-old who had had type 1 diabetes for one year. She once confided in me during one of her hospitalizations that she did not want to play soccer because she did not want to have to eat before each game. No one else had to and her friends starting saying she was weird.

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Moms and Dads Take Note—Continuous Glucose Monitoring is Coming

For many parents, the most troubling aspect of diabetes is the possibility of low blood sugars during the night. We have recently tested two new products that are providing solutions to this problem.

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New Technologies Improve Kids' BG Control

Many new technologies have recently become available to help manage type 1 diabetes. Among these, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors are proving to have great benefit, even in young children.

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What I Did Last Summer

"Camps offer a support system that isn't available in other places because [kids] are meeting other kids with diabetes," says Suzanne Apsey, program director for Triangle D Camp of Northern Illinois.

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Oklahoma!

"With its action today, the [Oklahoma] House of Representatives kept alive the hope that these children will no longer face a life-threatening situation without trained personnel being at the school."

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Size Matters—Taller and Bigger Kids Have Greater Risk of Developing Childhood-Onset Diabetes

Children who are taller and weigh more than their peers have a greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

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Insulin Pump Helps Most Kids

Infusing insulin on a continuous basis has been shown to help control sugar levels and hypoglycemia in children and adolescents.

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Putting on the Breaks

Because of the obesity epidemic in this country, the disease formerly called "adult-onset" diabetes is no longer given that label. Type 2 diabetes, we have learned, is fair game for people of all ages.

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The Scoop on High-Fat Meals

If you think what you feed your children does not matter, the results of recent studies will surely prove you wrong. According to the latest research, high-fat meals are a risk factor in causing obesity among children.

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Nighttime Hypoglycemia a Problem Among Children with Diabetes

Nighttime hypoglycemia is prevalent among children with diabetes. As a preventive measure, doctors tell their patients to eat a bedtime snack to increase sugar levels while sleeping.

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Diagnosis: Control

Carla Elliot liked to keep busy. A bright and outgoing 14-year-old girl, Carla involved herself in as many activities as she could. Whether it was swimming, cheerleading, softball, 4-H club meetings or simply running around the neighborhood, Carla was there.

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Working with Children and Families with Diabetes

As a nurse educator and family therapist, I have two main treatment goals when working with children and families with diabetes:

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Tips for Families of Young Children Using the MiniMed Monitor

For many parents, the most troubling aspect of diabetes is the possibility of low blood sugars during the night. We have recently tested two new products that are providing solutions to this problem.

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Tips for Using the Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitor in Young Children

Many new technologies have recently become available to help manage type 1 diabetes. Among these, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors are proving to have great benefit, even in young children.

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When Is an Insulin Pump Right for My Child?

Six things to consider if you are thinking of putting your diabetic child on an insulin pump:

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What I Did Last Summer-Camps Help Kids Take Control of Their Diabetes

Camps offer a support system that isn't available in other places because [kids] are meeting other kids with diabetes, says Suzanne Apsey, program director for Triangle D Camp of Northern Illinois.

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May 2001

Study to Test Efficacy of GlucoWatch on Children

On February 8, the Children with Diabetes Foundation (CWDF) announced it will be funding a study to test the efficacy of the GlucoWatch Biographer on children with diabetes.

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Taking Cod Liver Oil During Pregnancy Found to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Offspring - Giving it to Children During First Year of Life Not Helpful

Taking cod liver oil during pregnancy reduces risk of type 1 diabetes in offspring, researchers say.

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Type 1s Have a Greater Chance of Getting Asthma

Researchers in Norway found that people with type 1 diabetes may have increased chances of developing asthma, as stated in the February 24 issue of The Lancet.

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April 2001

Children of Type 1s Susceptible to Celiac Disease

If someone in your family has type 1 diabetes, you should be screened for celiac disease, a chronic condition in which the wall of the small intestine is damaged by a toxic reaction to gluten, a substance found in some grains. Untreated celiac disease can lead to a number of nutritional deficiencies, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

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A Virtue of Mother's Milk

Short-term breast feeding may increase a child's chance of getting diabetes, says a study conducted by researchers in Finland.

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March 2001

Global Type 1 Incidence Continues Ballooning

Type 1 diabetes in children has increased worldwide even more than previously documented, although the percentages within individual areas has remained relatively unchanged since the 1970s and '80s.

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February 2001

A Rebellious Phase

Children experience insulin resistance during puberty whether or not they will develop type 2 diabetes in adulthood, according to a new study by researchers in California and Alabama, who said changes were consistent across all subgroups of gender, ethnicity and obesity. Findings suggest the possibility of preventing type 2 diabetes during this phase of adolescence through dietary and physical activity intervention, says Michael I. Goran, PhD, of the University of Southern California. Dr. Goran and colleagues published their findings in the November 2001 issue of Diabetes.

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Diabetes and the Young

Rising rates of type 1 diabetes may be primarily confined to children and teenagers, a British study shows (Diabetologia, vol. 43, suppl. 1, p. A27).

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January 2001

It’s All in the Germs—Early Exposure to Infection May Prevent Type 1

Childhood infections have always been suspected as playing a part in the development of type 1 diabetes. Off and on, a number of viruses have been suspected of causing beta-cell damage or of increasing the susceptibility of beta cells to immunological attacks. Now, however, a team of researchers says the right amount of exposure to infection in children might jumpstart the body just enough to keep type 1 from ever developing.

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December 2000

Classen's Crusade

The following is a summary of Classen Immunotherapies' efforts to prove the correlation between infant vaccination and the development of type 1 diabetes, as reported in professional scientific journals.

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Senate Passes Measure for Diabetic Children

In September, the Senate passed the Children's Public Health Act of 2000, which includes important provisions that address the study of and search for a cure for type 1 diabetes.

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October 2000

Back to School Foods and Snacks

Whether you're off to work or school, portable foods have become increasingly popular. Who needs the long waits and high prices of restaurants when your own kitchen can provide better food at better prices?

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Will Overfed Babies Develop Diabetes?

Children who later develop type 1 diabetes may have had a tendency to become overweight in their first year of life.

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Dosing For a High BG: What to Do When Your Bolus Goes Down a ‘Black Hole’

Q: My 11-year-old son is using an insulin pump. Sometimes, especially at night, I will give him a bolus correction for an unexpected "high" BG number. For example, for a BG of 200, I would give him a bolus of one unit, aiming for a BG of around 100 to 120. Oftentimes, however, his BGs are the same, or even higher, two hours later, even after the bolus. Sometimes this problem persists through two such corrections, and then, suddenly, the next bolus will work as expected. At the next set change, the cannula looks fine.

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September 2000

Your Diabetic Child’s Rights in School

Has your child with diabetes ever come home from school upset, because a teacher said something that made him or her feel "weird" or "different"? Has your child ever missed a snack or a shot because the teacher did not want it to interfere with the class schedule? Whether you are aware of it or not, that's discrimination and it's illegal. Public schools that discriminate against children with diabetes violate their civil rights, since every child is ensured a free and appropriate public education.

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Pump Use Can Help Young Children

Parents who are concerned about the insulin pump's relative complexity but relish the possibilities of the increased control it can offer children may finally have the solution to their problem. A recent study suggests that part-time pumping can offer improved control for younger children without requiring them to operate the pump on their own.

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July 2000

Coloring Book Teaches Kids About Diabetes

Peter Chase, MD, professor of pediatrics and clinical director of Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, has introduced a revised, kid-friendly coloring book called "A Book for Coloring and Learning About Diabetes."

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June 2000

Climbing Toward Better Control—How to Get Through Being a Young Person With Diabetes

Getting lost in the Amazon rain forest without a backpack is bad news for a person with diabetes.

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Finding the Right Training Program for Kids

Study after study has spotlighted the ever-growing trend of physical inactivity among today's youth. The Surgeon General's Report (1996) identified that nearly 50 percent of youths, aged 12 to 21, are not active on a regular basis. Physical education programs are fading from school curricula and parents are scrambling to find time and energy to be physically active with their children.

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He Makes No Excuses—Having Diabetes Has Made Dusty Hubbard a Better Person

I know a young man. He is only 17. He appears to be a typical, everyday, run-of-the-mill teenager. He wears pants that are a size too big. His hair is in a crew cut. He drives a 1986 Nissan pickup with the windows down and the stereo blasting. He winks at the girls while sitting at the red lights and has a charming half-grin when he smiles.

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Three A.M. and All is Well

Jean Betschart MN, RN, CDE is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She has also written many books and articles for children with diabetes.

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Camps Help Kids Take Control of Their Diabetes

There are an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 young people who attend diabetes camps each summer. Summer camps provide young people, ages 6 to 18, an opportunity to effectively manage their diabetes in an environment that is educational, safe and fun.

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Kids Wall Of Fame

Name: Allison Boelter

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House Passes Resolution to Help Kids—Organ Transplant Research to Go Forward

On April 4, the U.S House of Representatives passed, by a 410-0 margin, House Resolution (HR) 4008, the Pediatric Organ Transplantation Improvement Act of 2000. Congressional Diabetes Caucus cochair Diana DeGette, D-Colo., introduced the measure.

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May 2000

A Mother’s Day Gift

Five years ago, on Mother's Day, Eileen Clarke got a surprise that changed her family's life. Her twin daughters, Kelsey and Kayla, just months old, were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Kelsey started injections that day, and Kayla soon followed. From infancy, Kelsey and Kaylas' lives were given to the realities of needles, lancets, strict meal schedules and healthy foods.

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An Epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in Kids

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics are calling the alarming rise of type 2 diabetes among children an epidemic.

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April 2000

LifeScan Sending Kids to Diabetes Camps

LifeScan and ChildrenWithDiabetes.com are sponsoring a scholarship program which will send 10 children with diabetes to diabetes camps this summer.

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No More Pencils, No More Books—It’s Time to Register for Camp

Soon after insulin was discovered, Leonard F. C. Wendt, MD, opened the first diabetes camp in Michigan. Since 1925, many more have opened across the nation.

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March 2000

Billie Jean King to Present $5,000 Scholarships to Young Tennis Players With Type 1 Diabetes

The Billie Jean King Foundation, in cooperation with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), has applications available for the 2000 Donnelly Awards. This program awards a $5,000 scholarship to two scholar athletes ages 14-21, who play interscholastic, intercollegiate or intramural tennis and live with type 1 diabetes.

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February 2000

Testing Relatives of Type 1 Kids—Who Will Get Diabetes, and Who Won’t

The results of a UK-based study on immediate relatives of people with type 1 diabetes indicate that those who have only islet cell antibodies (ICA) are at lower risk for type 1. Those with more than one antibody or genetic marker, however, are more likely to develop the disease.

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January 2000

Back to School! Parents Encouraged to Know Their Diabetic Child’s Rights

Approximately 1.7 of every 1,000 people, aged 20 years and less, has diabetes in the United States, with 13,000 new cases being diagnosed each year.

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Diabetes Self-care Tasks—What Can a Kid Do?

For all children, the time between 6 and 12 years of age is marked by dramatic growth in many areas. For this reason, these years have been called the "I can do anything years."

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Just Say No to Insulin and Meformin?

If you have a child with type 2 diabetes, South Carolina researchers suggest the possibility of getting him or her off of insulin and metformin and onto a very low calorie diet (VLCD) with medical supervision.

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Parents of School Kids With Diabetes Get a Big Victory—Ruling States School District Must Treat Diabetes Problems

Virginia public schools must now train their employees to administer both insulin and glucagon shots to children with diabetes.

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December 1999

Like Father Like Son: Researchers Find Connection In Families With Type 2 Diabetes

According to a recent issue of Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, type 2 children usually have a parent who is also type 2.

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November 1999

What is a Safe BG Level For Children During the Daytime?

Q: One of my students is 9 years old and has diabetes. Many times, the student's BG is greater than 200 mg/dl at lunch time. My reaction would be to take insulin. Are these high BG readings normal for children that age?

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October 1999

Are Summertime Babies at Higher Risk for Type 1 Diabetes?—Researchers in Sweden Think So

Swedish researchers are saying that children born in July and August appear to be at higher risk for type 1 diabetes than those born in the autumn.

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Halloween—Make it a Learning Experience, Not a Horror

Every Halloween, Cynthia Primeau of Sterling Heights, Michigan, sympathizes with parents of newly diagnosed children with diabetes.

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July 1999

Should Our 11-Year-Old Keep Pumping Through Summer?

Q: Our son is 11 years old, and has been on the pump for six months now. He told us that he is having problems with the pump because all the other kids ask him so many questions. He also says that he wants to go back to shots this summer so he can wear shorts and go swimming.

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June 1999

Pump Girl Power! Four Girls Prove That Diabetes Can’t Keep Them From Rockin’ and Rollin’

In February 1998, Brittany Rausch, 12, and her mother came up with an idea for a skit that she could perform at a diabetes camp in Southern California sponsored by the Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education Foundation (PADRE). With a group of other girls she met at the camp, Rausch put together a song and dance routine to the "The Barbie Song," and it was a big hit with the other campers.

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Teddy Bear with Diabetes Helps Children Through Diagnosis and Beyond

Rufus, the teddy bear with diabetes, is full of love, but was born out of anger. Carol Cramer, the Lake Zurich, Illinois, mother who sewed the first Rufus bear, was inspired by the exasperation that followed her son Brian's diagnosis with diabetes at age 3.

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Products Help Kids Cope With Diabetes

It can be difficult coping with diabetes, especially if you're a child. Luckily, there are educational toys and other products that help children conquer some of the mountains that diabetes can create. Here are a few that you may want to look into.

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Alarming Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Children

Researchers are saying that diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in children under the age of 18 has increased tenfold in the past five years.

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April 1999

$5,000 Anyone?

The Billie Jean King Foundation and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) are searching for two young tennis players with diabetes for $5,000 scholarships.

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February 1999

A 9-Year-Old-Boy Says No To Insulin Shots

Kurt hates shots. Since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 4, my wife and I administered all of his shots, whether he was at home, school or a slumber party. Kurt seemed unusually sensitive to pain. Although Kurt was intelligent enough to draw them up, count carbs and appropriately suggest how to treat highs and lows, he refused to do the shots himself.

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January 1999

Medical Identification Designed with Children in Mind
Medical Identification Designed with Children in Mind

A new medical identification bracelet specifically designed for children is now available. Called the Safety Sport I.D., it is waterproof and comes in bright colors.

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Age-Appropriate Developmental Tasks for Children with Diabetes

Adapted from article entitled "Childhood Diabetes and the Family," by Tim Wysocki and Wynola Wayne, from Practical Diabetology, June 1992, pg. 31.

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December 1998

Hypoglycemic Hemiparesis Could be a Problem in Children with Type 1 Diabetes

The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) demonstrated that intensive insulin treatment could lead to severe hypoglycemia in adults with type 1 diabetes. The study, however, did not address the effects of intensive insulin treatments and their effects on type 1 children. While it has been documented that severe hypoglycemia causes neurological damage in adult type 1 patients, there has been no conclusive evidence of what it does to children.

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October 1998

New Kids Lasette to be on the Market Soon

The Food And Drug Administration has given marketing clearance for a special laser finger perforator for kids.

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HPC and Kids’ Clubhouse Added to LefeScan Web Site

LifeScan Inc. of Milpitas, Calif., has added the Healthcare Professional Center (HPC) and the Kids' Clubhouse to its consumer website.

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September 1998

High-tech Control: Computer Tools for Diabetes Management

Helping space aliens and controlling blood glucose may sound like an odd mix, but in a new educational software program produced by the Starbright Foundation, a non-profit organization, the two work together to help teach kids about diabetes. The program, funded by Eli Lilly & Company, is just one example of the computer software products available to help people of all ages manage their diabetes.

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Evaluating the Children's Diabetes CD-ROM

Preliminary results from research performed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles by the Starbright Foundation suggests that the Diabetes CD-ROM is effective in teaching kids about diabetes. When compared to other education methods-including a three-hour group session of educational games and activities and a 1991 Nintendo video game designed to help kids learn about managing their insulin levels-the CD-ROM produced the best overall results. For example, children who used the CD-ROM had better HbA1c levels, higher diabetes knowledge scores, and were more comfortable talking to parents and friends about their diabetes than those who engaged in the other activities.

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July 1998

Does Type 1 Play a Role in Pubertal Growth?

The role that type 1 diabetes may or not play in the growth of kids with type 1 diabetes has been studied for some time. According to a study in the May issue of Diabetes Care, the timing of the pubertal growth is normal in type 1 children, but the magnitude of this growth is reduced in girls.

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May 1998

Learning and Social Skills May be Affected by Type 1

Type 1 diabetes may play a role in delayed development of general intelligence and certain learning and information processing skills in children, according to a study published in the March 1998 issue of Diabetes Care.

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April 1998

Insulin Overdose: A Mom Accidentally Gives Way Too Much Insulin To Her Son

Every time I draw up an insulin shot for my son Joey I am acutely aware of what could happen if the immediate future does not proceed as I expect. Most of the time the problems that arise are not the result of anything Joey or I have consciously done, but rather are the fault of circumstance, i.e., a meal is not delivered on time, an unexpected phone call is received or a car breaks down after an insulin injection has been given. Unforeseen events like these can usually be remedied by carrying supplies of sugar and insulin. But recently I experienced an unpredictable event that had dangerous consequences.

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Kids' Tummies Tell All: BG Levels May Affect Stomach Emptying

If your child's blood glucose readings are erratic, have his doctor check his tummy. A recent study in the March issue of Diabetes Care cited an increased incidence of slow emptying of the stomach in children with diabetes as a possible cause of poor glucose control.

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March 1998

Kids Speak Out

Why do teens like using an insulin pump? Here are some representative thoughts from teenagers from Yale Diabetes Service:

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Kids are Pumping Too

Brittany Broussard of Slaughter, La., spent half of her seventh grade year in the principal's office. Not because she'd done anything wrong, but because she had diabetes.

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Our Kindergarten—One Family’s Search for Understanding

After being officially accepted at Bannockburn Elementary School, a private, religious school in Austin, Tex., our five-year-old daughter, Farren Thompson, was dismissed after eight days of school. Farren was not dismissed for any behavior problems, nor were there any moral objections to Farren's enrollment. Rather, she was dismissed because she has type 1 diabetes and the school decided she was too much trouble.

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January 1998

Live and Learn with Diabetes—Educational Toys and Products for Kids

It can be difficult enough being a child, not to mention a child with diabetes. Luckily, there are educational toys, products and information that can help children with diabetes conquer some of the mountains that diabetes can create. DIABETES HEALTH looked into various products and logged onto a web site for children with diabetes - www.castleweb.com/diabetes/ - to ask parents of children with diabetes firsthand how they deal with the day-to-day challenges of diabetes. Here are a few products and parents' tips that you may want to look into.

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December 1997

Immunization Timing May Increase Type 1 Diabetes

The number of cases of type 1 diabetes occurring before age 15 might be greatly reduced by immunizing children with common pediatric vaccines at birth, rather than waiting until eight weeks of age, according to a new study from LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City and Classen Immunotherapies in Baltimore, Md.

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October 1997

Life's Not So Sweet: Yet Another Student Suspended for Glucose Tablets

Last May, DIABETES HEALTH ran a story about 13-year-old Eric Carr who was suspended and branded a drug dealer by his Missouri middle school for passing out glucose tablets. We received many letters and phone calls from readers shocked by the school's ignorance.

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September 1997

Are Children of Type 2s Less Sensitive?

Children of parents with type 2 diabetes have decreased insulin sensitivity reports a study in the June 1997 issue of Diabetes. According to the study, the insulin sensitivity is distributed in this population in a way that suggests (contrary to previous assumptions) that a single gene may be responsible for insulin action.

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August 1997

Teach Your Children Well—Abstract #518

How much do your children know about their diabetes and diet therapy? Results of this study reveal that parents miscalculate their kids diabetes knowledge. They overestimate the knowledge of diet therapy in children under 10 and underestimate teens' knowledge.

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June 1997

Insurance and Kids with Diabetes—Parents Pay the Price

Compared to families unaffected by diabetes, families with a child with type I diabetes have similar rates of insurance coverage, according to a recent study. But out-of-pocket medical expenses are 56 percent higher for families with a child with type I diabetes.

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May 1997

The Skinny on Teens with Type 2

Researchers find a growing number of children and adolescents in the U.S. are developing type 2 diabetes, a condition that usually develops in people over 30. A possible cause: Obesity in young people is on the rise.

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A Bitter Pill

Thirteen-year-old Eric Carr didn't think much of it when two classmates saw him taking a glucose tablet and asked to try one. Insulin-dependent since the age of nine, Eric figured glucose was harmless, something that simply kept his sugars from dropping. Little did he realize that sharing the tablets would lead to a week-long suspension from Hollenbeck Middle School in St. Peters, Missouri and a permanent blemish on his school records.

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April 1997

Falling Blood Sugars or Climbing Child?

Even after 22 years of managing my diabetes I run into situations that get me wondering, "Am I having a hypo or am I just under stress?" These situations always serve to remind me that despite our very best intentions and efforts to make it so, life is anything but predictable.

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Chris Dudley Blazes a Trail for Children with Diabetes

As a teenager, Chris Dudley was diagnosed with type I diabetes. At the time he was told that a person with diabetes could not become a professional basketball player. Through hard work and excellent control of his diabetes, Dudley proved that this was a fallacy. Today, Dudley is the starting center for the Portland Trail Blazers and one of the National Basketball Association's top defensive players.

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Summer Camp Round-Up for Kids with Diabetes

Parents of children with diabetes often struggle between concerns about protecting their children's health and allowing them the independence of a normal, happy childhood. For many, the trail leads to camp! Summer camps for children with diabetes can be very beneficial for personal growth and exploration of diabetes control, while letting kids be kids in a natural setting.

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The “Run and Shoot” Therapy for Kids— It Uses Ultralente

Human ultralente is being used presently in our pediatric population with great success. To understand how to use human ultralente effectively, one must understand the action of insulin. Animal regular insulin peaks in two to four hours and lasts four to six hours. Animal NPH insulin begins working in one to one-and-a-half hours and peaks in eight to twelve hours with detectable serum levels at twenty to twenty-four hours. In practice, there is little effect on blood glucose after twelve hours. Human insulin appears to work faster than its animal counterparts.

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New Insulin Has Campers Marching to a Different Drummer

Vivian Murray, RD, a type I for 32 years, is a camp director for children with diabetes. She was recently anticipating the possible problems she might encounter this summer supervising 230 enthusiastic kids.

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March 1997

Pump Therapy Helps 9-Year-Old Girl Achieve Better Control

A normal blood sugar level is the primary goal of all treatment options for people with diabetes. It is especially important for young adolescents because poor control can be very problematic at that age.

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Kids of Type 2 Parents Should Get Tested—They May Have Early Stages of Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans have discovered the earliest predictors of type 2 diabetes yet to be recorded.

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Kids May Inject Into Muscle—Study Suggests Solution

More than 30 percent of children on insulin may be accidentally receiving injections in their muscle tissue.

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November 1996

National Child-Care Chain Agrees to Test Blood Sugars

The largest corporate owned day-care chain in the United States has agreed to monitor children with diabetes' blood sugars in response to an Americans with Disabilties Act lawsuit brought by the American Diabetes Association.

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Tight Diabetes Control for Children Raises Controversy

Gary Freitag is frustrated by his three-year-old son William's blood glucose numbers. Diagnosed just this past February, William's BGs frequently bounce between 65 and 300. At night when William goes to bed, even if his blood sugar is as high as 400, Gary and his wife must give William a snack or by morning his blood sugars will be down to 50.

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A Child’s Illness is a Family Affair

When a child is born with or develops a chronic illness, such as diabetes, no one turns to the parents and says, "Be careful! Your marriage is now at risk." Yet, it is true. Despite the parents' deep love for their child and for each other, long-term issues of worry, fatigue and expense will, inevitably, put a great strain on their relationship.

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May 1996

Type 1 Girls More Overweight Than Non-diabetic Peers

Girls with type I diabetes are more overweight than their peers, a study in Finland recently reported. This indicates that a more effective prevention of obesity is now needed in the treatment of diabetes, the researchers claim.

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April 1996

Standing Up For Children’s Rights In School

As a parent, you know the treatment your child deserves at school. Children are entitled to a safe educational environment where the knowledge of the staff can guarantee responsible management of their diabetes. A child with diabetes deserves the same sense of safety that non-diabetic children feel away from home.

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Trunnel Teaches Kids To Think For Themselves

Kids take first priority in Sherry Trunnel's life. As the only diabetes educator at Blank Specialties Clinic of Children's Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, Sherry skips vacations when the hospital admits a new child with diabetes.

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March 1996

Parents Of Kids With Diabetes—the Grief Is Real

When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, parents frequently experience overwhelming grief and guilt. They often ask questions like, "Will my child have a high quality life?" and "Could I have caused this disease?"

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Goiters More Common In Children With Type 1 Diabetes

A report in the June 1995 Acta Diabetologica (Berlin) indicates that children with type I diabetes are more prone to a serious form of goiter than children without the disease.

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Children Frequently Get Inaccurate Insulin Doses

Because children receive such small doses of insulin compared to adults, accurate measurement is crucial. But doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital reported in the January 1996 Diabetes Care that caregivers overdraw insulin by an average of 0.22 U.

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January 1996

Study Shows Pancreas Size Decreases More Than 30% In Kids With Diabetes

Although §-cells comprise just two percent of the gland, a study has found that children with diabetes have smaller pancreases than their healthy peers.

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Support Group For Parents & Kids

Two years ago Julie Farabee's four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. Farabee not only had to deal with the worry and fear of having a chronically ill child, she had to suffer in what seemed like solitude.

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December 1995

Radiotherapy And Diabetes

Children who undergo radiation therapy for cancer are developing diabetes at an unusually high rate, according to doctors at the Hopital Necker-Enfants Malades in Paris, France.

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November 1995

A Guide For Parents And Care Providers Of Children With Diabetes

Phyllis is a member of our medical advisory board and was Diabetes Educator of the Month in our October, '94 issue.

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School Districts Not Educating Educators About Diabetes

Earline Edwards, RN, of Omaha, Neb. recently published a report called "Diabetes Care in the Schools: A Challenge for the Diabetes Educator." Information in her report supports Cynthia Halvorsen's contentions about the treatment her son has received in school.

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Two Years After Diagnosis, Kids Aren’t Out Of The Woods

When a child is diagnosed with type I diabetes, there is naturally a period of adjustment. However, the most difficult emotional time may come as much as two years later.

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Diabetes Gets Stressed Out: Kids Under Pressure & Iddm

Type I diabetes is appearing more frequently in the youth populations of some countries that are in the midst of political change (see "Kuwait," page 12 ). But sometimes personal events are as powerful as historic ones in bringing diabetes to the surface.

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Kuwait’s Kids

After the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake, there was a rise in the incidence of type I diabetes in children in the region. Francine Kaufman, MD of the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles said in the May 1995 issue of DIABETES HEALTH, "There's certainly a strong belief that significant stress can bring out diabetes."

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Education And Peer Support For Grandparents

If your grandchild has diabetes, you have an important job. Only mom and dad play a more significant emotional role than grandparents in many childrens' lives.

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No Policy Is Bad Policy: Schools Unprepared For Diabetes

A study conducted by Frances Migdol Melchionne, RN, in Towaco, N.J., discovered that 92% of the schools surveyed had no written policy for handling children with diabetes.

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Pumpformance: Children On The Pump—Promising Possibilities

When Zachary Ullman was 15-months-old, his parents got the shock of their lives. The symptoms he'd been exhibiting-thirst, weight loss, excessive urination-were more than the usual childhood problems. Their baby had diabetes.

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Classrooms Without Care: Challenging Indifference To Diabetes In Schools

We all remember the day we learned that our beloved child had diabetes. We also remember the fear, trepidation, and anticipation of sending our child back to school.

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October 1995

Poet’s Corner: Rachel Levy (Age 18)

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September 1995

What Are The Chances Your Kids Will Have Diabetes?

It's true-if your father has or had insulin-dependent diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing the disease yourself. While the reason for this is not fully understood, it is known that children of type I women are more likely to get other autoimmune diseases.

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August 1995

Did You Inherit Type 2 Diabetes From Your Mother?

Researchers in New Zealand discovered that the mother is more likely to pass on type 2 diabetes to her children than the father.

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Attitude Adjustment—Kids And Coping

Young people with diabetes often have a difficult time dealing with the daily challenges associated with their treatment. In order to combat the stress, they develop coping strategies.

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Cornstarch Cuts Kids' Nighttime Hypos By 73%

According to a study performed at a diabetes camp, kids with type I diabetes should eat uncooked cornstarch before bedtime.

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July 1995

Book Reviews: Book Helps Children Deal With Diabetes—Sarah and Puffle: A Story for Children About Diabetes

Sarah and Puffle: A Story for Children About Diabetes by Linnea Mulder, R.N.-27 pages, $8.95 + S&H

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May 1995

Los Angeles Earthquake Linked To Increase In Type 1 Admissions: Stress Of Temblor May Have Affected Hormone Levels In Diabetes-Susceptible Youths

According to a doctor at the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, the Jan. 17, 1994 Northridge Earthquake may have played a significant role in triggering type I diabetes in a number of children.

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March 1995

Russia Studies the Ability of Children with Diabetes to Metabolize Vitamins

Thirty-five children, ages 9-13, with diabetes of varying severity were studied in Russia to observe their ability to metabolize vitamins.

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Switzerland Probes Children’s Renal Filtration in Relation to Diabetes

The renal filtration of magnesium in children with diabetes was studied by researchers at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

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Studies Show How Adolescents Struggle to Control Diabetes

As if the adolescent experience is not traumatic enough, a number of teens must also carry the burden of diabetes through those difficult years.

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February 1995

Cause Of Diabetes In Kids Researched

The introduction of cow's milk-based formula as an infant, high dietary intake of cow's milk protein, and infections in the three months prior to being diagnosed with type I diabetes seemed to be significant risk factors for developing the condition, according to a study conducted in New South Wales, Australia.

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November 1994

Kids With High Blood Sugars Grow Slower

Researchers in Japan have shown a connection between inadequate blood sugar control in children with diabetes and decreased growth rates.

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June 1994

Diabetes Camps Nationwide

Camps specifically designed for young people with diabetes, like the Joslin Camp or Bearskin Meadow Camp, offer great opportunities to make friends, have fun, and learn more about taking care of diabetes. These camps are often staffed and run by people with diabetes who have first-hand knowledge of the trials and triumphs that go hand in hand with the disease.

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January 1994

Chicken Pox & Childhood Diabetes

Based on the population registry for Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, a retrospective chart review was used to determine the number of cases of insulin dependent diabetes (IDDM) diagnosed in patients under 20 years of age between 1965 and 1989. The study discovered a disproportionately significant increase in the number of IDDM cases between 1985 and 1989, with twice the number of males as females and a significantly greater number of non-white males than white males. An exceptionally large increase among the 0-4 age group was also observed. The study correlates the rise in IDDM with chicken pox infection, providing evidence for the connection between viruses and the onset of diabetes.

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April 1993

Excercise Lowers Cholesterol

In a study of children with type I diabetes, researchers have found for the first time that higher levels of physical fitness are associated with lower levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein levels (LDL). This is a significant finding because lower levels of cholesterol and LDL reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The study, performed at the Diabetes Center of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, measured the levels of physical fitness, cholesterol, and LDL of 77 high school-aged boys and girls.

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February 1993

Tight Blood Sugar Control During Childhood Can Maintain Healthy Eyes

A twelve-year study conducted by medical researchers in Columbia, MO, has found that individuals with child-onset type I diabetes who maintained near-normal blood glucose levels were less likely to develop serious eye disease later in life. The results of this study give hope that well-controlled blood sugar levels will help to maintain healthy eyes. A report of this study was released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology in November 1992.

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December 1992

Captain Novolin

The long-awaited video game, Captain Novolin, is now available to the public, and in time for the holidays. Test markets have shown Captain Novolin to be a hit with children who have diabetes, and their friends and family enjoy it also.

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November 1992

Keep Your Children From Getting Diabetes: Dr. Nancy Bohannon Talks About Preventing Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Nancy Bohannon is actively involved in diabetes research and operates a full-time private practice in Internal Medicine, specializing in Diabetes and Endocrinology. Recently Dr. Bohannon spoke to Scott King via telephone from her office in San Francisco about current protocols available for predicting and preventing Type 1 diabetes.

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Parents 5 Most Common Worries About Children With Diabetes

A group of researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, conducted a study on parental worry and its effect on children with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). The study was published in The Diabetes Educator, July/August 1992.

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September 1991

Diabetes And Doing Your Best

If you are searching around for an inspirational book, look no further. Diabetes and Doing Your Best is a personal account of a young teen's early experience with diabetes.

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Blood Sugar And Feelings

How easy is it for parents to guess their own child's blood glucose levels? Is the child crabby because he is overtired or is it low blood glucose? Are the children themselves any more accurate in guessing their own levels?

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January 1970

A Good Relationship with Your School Nurse Pays Off in Dividends

Because we have good health insurance, my son sees his endocrinologist twice a year, his diabetes health educator twice a year, and his nutritionist once a year. Meanwhile, he sees his school nurse one to three times a day. As you know, this relationship can make a difference for the rest of a child's life.

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