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Tyler's Top Ten Tips for Teens


Mar 25, 2010

Tyler is a 19-year-old freshman at Florida State University

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.

As people with diabetes, we don't have the option of forgetting about our disease if we want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So here are ten things that I've learned we should all do to protect ourselves from complications as we go through our daily routine.

1.  Have glucose tablets on you at all times.

2. Always check your blood glucose before any type of physical activity.

3. Have some type of sugary drink with you during any type of exercise or sport. Orange juice is the best by far.

4. Have a small bag to contain all of your supplies.

5. Check your blood sugar, and, if needed, try to have a snack 15 minutes prior to a test.

6. When playing school sports, check your blood glucose and adjust during halftime.

7. Take a Kwick pen with you whenever you are playing sports, in case you need a fast adjustment.

8. Always listen to your body. If you are thirsty all the time and have to urinate frequently, you definitely need to check your blood glucose.

9. Never be afraid to tell a coach or a teacher that your blood sugar is low because the problem will not go away.

10. When your blood sugar is low, have a snack that has protein and carbohydrates. The carbohydrates will get your blood sugar up, and the protein will prevent you from dropping as fast.


Categories: Adolescent Boys, Adolescent Girls, Blood Glucose, Blood Sugar, Community, Diabetes, Diabetes, Exercise, Kids & Teens, Living with Diabetes, Type 2 Issues



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Comments

Posted by Anonymous on 26 March 2010

This is excellent advice for any Type 1 diabetic. For adults, tests might be replaced with presentations. And we should all be working out or exercising in some way.

Posted by Anonymous on 26 March 2010

Good advice for every Type 1. Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous on 31 March 2010

Great suggestions for anyone with Type 1 diabetes. Thanks for the help!!

Posted by Anonymous on 2 April 2010

This article helped me get through the day easier. Thank you for the words of wisdom! I will be sharing it with others.

Posted by Anonymous on 10 April 2010

Great advice, Tyler. Bottom line is that it is good to be prepared for all situations - and that's good advice for everyone.

Margie

Posted by Anonymous on 28 April 2010

I really like your use of the difference between smart and wise...From now on, I am going to be "wise" and follow your advice. It is embarassing to tell someone, like my teacher about my sugar level, but you and others here have helped me realize, that I must be mature enough to be proactive; and it's not like a teacher is going to shriek or punish me for informing her of my medical needs. Thanks for giving me someone to look up to and learn from.

Posted by Anonymous on 5 May 2010

Thank you for these great ideas. I will most definitely be sharing them with others. These tips are helpful on a day to day basis.


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