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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

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

May 2011

The Signs of Diabulimia

Meet Mary,* a 16-year-old girl with type 1 diabetes. When her parents ask her how her blood sugar is, she always has a good number. She keeps a tidy logbook of her blood sugars, and they look fine, although her last A1C was inexplicably high. It's been a long time since she was diagnosed, and her parents are confident that she knows how to care for herself. She has been somewhat less energetic for quite awhile, but her parents attribute that to growing pains, as Mary has grown from a chubby child into a very slender young woman. She appears a little dehydrated and flushed sometimes, but she always drinks a lot of water and goes to the bathroom frequently, so her parents aren't concerned. They have also noted a fruity odor about her, which she attributes to a new lip gloss.

comments 5 comments - Posted May 14, 2011

Moms of Children with Diabetes Tell Their Stories, Ask to Support Research For a Cure

HOLLYWOOD, FL -- They come from New York, Miami, Milwaukee and more. They have children of all ages with type 1 diabetes - and they're on a mission to find a cure. They're the "Real Moms of the DRI Foundation" and in honor of Mother's Day they're asking millions of moms - and others - to support the Diabetes Research Institute, a world leader in cure-focused research.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 8, 2011

April 2011

Highlights From the Barbara Davis Center's July Keystone Conference

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Barbara Davis Center's "Management of Diabetes in Youth" conference, held every other year in beautiful Keystone, Colorado. The focus is on all of the latest and greatest in type 1, and it's a real treat to have so many of the best names in this field gathered in one place. The Barbara Davis Center (BDC) is one of the premier programs in the world focusing on type I diabetes management, and the one (Dr. Peter Chase, to be precise) who brought us the famed" Pink Panther" book, Understanding Diabetes - the reliable handbook of type 1 diabetes that many parents of newly diagnosed kids rely on.

comments 3 comments - Posted Apr 25, 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 5 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

Abuse in Childhood and Teens May Set Many Women on the Path to Type 2

Women who experienced sexual or physical abuse in childhood and adolescence-whether moderate or severe-run a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than women who were not abused, according to results from a study recently reported online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 16, 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

Christopher Gorham Grabs Silver and Bronze Medals At International Karate/Kickboxing Championships

Insulet Corp., the leader in tubing-free insulin pump technology with its OmniPod® Insulin Management System, recognizes the outstanding achievements of Christopher Gorham, age 12, of Waterford, Michigan for bringing home both silver and bronze medals in the Sparring and Forms competitions at the 2010 World Karate/Kickboxing Council World Championships held in Albufeira, Portugal. Chris is a 2nd degree black belt in training for a 3rd degree black belt; he has been in martial arts since he was four years old, competing all over the world.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 25, 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

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

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

Insulindependence

In late July, five teenagers and five adults hiked to the summit of Mount Shavano, one of Colorado's famed 14,000-foot peaks.  For this particular group, the journey to the top of Shavano was designed to be an intensive educational experience on the topic of diabetes management.  Each teenager had type 1 diabetes, and the adults were mentors dedicated to helping the teens feel more in control of the disease. The team made it to the summit by performing countless blood sugar tests, counting carbs, and experimenting with insulin pump basal rates. The outfit behind the expedition was Testing Limits, an outdoor adventure club just for people with diabetes, operated by the non-profit Insulindependence. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 17, 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

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

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

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

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

May 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

$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

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

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

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

Study Suggests Extended Release Metformin May Reduce Body Mass Index in Teens

A California study that tracked 77 obese adolescents for almost two years indicates that metformin XR, an extended-release version of the popular anti-diabetic drug, may help lower body mass index in overweight teens who do not have diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 10, 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

December 2009

Cardiovascular risk in youth with type 1 diabetes linked primarily to insulin resistance

Chevy Chase, MD- According to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), youth with type 1 diabetes have now been found to have abnormal insulin resistance. Having abnormal insulin resistance appears to negatively affect heart, blood vessel and exercise function in this population.

comments 7 comments - Posted Dec 5, 2009

October 2009

Study Shows a Little Money Buys a Lot of Calories at City Corner Stores

October 12, 2009. Philadelphia, Pa. - Children in Philadelphia who attended public schools and shopped at corner stores before or after school purchased almost 360 calories of foods and beverages per visit, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics. Chips, candy and sugar-sweetened beverages were the most frequently purchased items. This is the first study to document both what foods and beverages children purchased in local corner stores on their way to and from school, and the nutritional content of those items.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 15, 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

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

July 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

June 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

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

April 2009

February 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

November 2008

Young People With Diabetes Urgently Need Social and Psychological Support

According to a global survey studying children with diabetes, current healthcare systems are failing to give adequate social and psychological support to young people with diabetes. This lack of support often leads to poor control of their disease, resulting in long-term health complications. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 24, 2008

October 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

LifeScan Launches Diabetes Handprint Project

LifeScan, the maker of OneTouch blood glucose meters, recently announced Global Diabetes Handprint, a new collaboration with the Diabetes Hands Foundation.  The project encourages people with diabetes to post an image of their hand, decorated with words and graphics depicting their personal expressions about living with diabetes (or decorate a virtual hand online). The project is designed to help people with diabetes use self-expression to connect with each other and feel less isolated.

comments 1 comment - 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

July 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

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

September 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

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

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

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

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

December 2006

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.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2006

September 2006

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

November 2005

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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August 2005

Youthful Relationships

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

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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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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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February 2004

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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February 2003

'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

High Overnight Blood Pressure Leads to Kidney Disease

A five-year study measuring overnight blood pressure in 75 adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes revealed that high nighttime blood pressure can lead to kidney disease.

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October 2002

Female Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes Prone to Eating Disorders

With the necessary emphasis on food, is it any wonder that many people with diabetes have eating disorders? Female adolescents who have type 1 diabetes but do not have a supportive family are particularly vulnerable to practicing unhealthy weight control habits, say researchers from Minnesota who studied 70 adolescent females and 73 adolescent males with type 1.

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June 2002

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

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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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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February 2002

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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September 2001

The Majority of Adolescents Display Risk Factors for Developing Type 2 Diabetes

The majority of middle school-aged students are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to researchers in Santa Barbara, California. What's more, those who watch more television have higher amounts of body weight and fat. David J. Pettitt, MD, of the Sansum Medical Research Institute in Santa Barbara, California and colleagues, studied the behaviors and risk factors for developing diabetes of 126 boys and 128 girls in the 6th and 7th grades at two Santa Barbara County schools.

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July 2001

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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June 2001

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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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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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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February 2001

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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October 2000

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

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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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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Correlation Between BG Control and Menstruation in Diabetic Adolescents

A review of the charts of diabetic girls aged 10 to 18 revealed that better BG control can help regulate their menstruation. Of 47 girls studied, those who had menstrual problems had a higher mean HbA1c (11.4%) than those who had regular menstruation (9.7%).

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May 2000

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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January 2000

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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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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Teens Taught Coping Skills Can Lower Blood Sugar

Researchers found that teaching coping skills significantly improves an adolescent's metabolic control over diabetes, as well as his or her overall quality of life.

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November 1998

Teens Taught Coping Skills - Lowers Blood Sugar

A team of researchers from Yale University was recently awarded the Applied Nursing Research Award for its study on teaching coping skills to adolescents with diabetes.

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July 1998

How to Bridge the Pumpless Gap

Jeremy, who was attending summer football practice, did not want to wear his pump while playing. He had a morning basal rate of 1.0 units (Humalog) per hour. Halfway through practice, he would do a finger stick test. If his glucose was any higher than when he started, he would reconnect to his pump long enough to deliver a 1.0 unit bolus. However, he found this was not working. Practice lasted up to four hours and his afternoon glucose levels were frequently high.

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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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Teen Smoking: Gateway to Kidney Disease

In addition to the host of health risks that smoking presents to all people, studies have shown that adult type 1 smokers are at increased risk to develop macrovascular and microvascular diabetic complications, especially retinopathy and nephropathy. A recent study from Germany shows that markers of microvascular complications are also found in teen smokers with type 1 diabetes.

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April 1998

The Difference Between Boys and Girls - Study Finds More Adolescent Girls Hospitalized Than Boys

Adjusting to diabetes can be tough. But for teenage girls with diabetes it can be potentially fatal. Researchers have found that societal influences on teen boys and girls can affect their diabetes, and that in most cases girls suffer the most from these influences.

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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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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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April 1997

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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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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March 1996

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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November 1995

A Book Review Just for Teens: "In Control: A Guide For Teens With Diabetes" by Jean Betschart, MN, RN, CDE, and Susan Thorn, RD, LD, CDE

Whom do you turn to for your changing needs as a teen with diabetes? Jean Betschart and Susan Thom have produced a great book that is sure to bring independence to the lives of many young adult readers.

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August 1995

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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March 1995

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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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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March 1993

Males At Greater Risk For Type 1

A study from Turin, Italy, has found a higher incidence of type 1 diabetes in males than in females in the age group of 15-29 years old. The report of the study, published in Diabetes Care, January 1993, recalls previous studies from Sweden and Spain in similar age groups that found males to be a greater risk of developing insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

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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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