Tips for Teens with Diabetes
About 215,000 young people under 20 years of age have diabetes (mostly Type 1).
Here are some tips:
Check your blood glucose before the start and after the end of your activity.
* Do not get upset if you cannot do a lot or if you get out of breath at first—keep moving.
* Do sit-ups or jump rope while watching TV.
* Go bowling.
* Hang it in your room as a reminder.
* Help your mom or dad carry groceries, clean the house, cut grass, do garden work, rake leaves, or shovel snow.
* If you have not been active in the past, start slowly.
* If you like video games, try a dance or other active video game.
* Jog around the block or walk fast around the mall a few times.
* Keep something handy to treat low blood glucose, such as fruit juice, glucose tablets, or a snack.
* Keep track of your progress.
* Make a list of things you like to do to be physically active.
* Play basketball, baseball, softball, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, or your favorite sport.
* Play some music and dance with your friends.
* Ride your bike instead of driving or getting a ride from your parents or a friend.
* Skateboard, roller blade, or ice skate.
* Take a walk, hike, or ride a bike.
* Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
* Take your dog for a walk.
* Talk to your doctor about the types of physical activity that might work best for you.
* Think of other things you like to do and just move! It is an easy way to have fun.
* Try a few minutes each day.
What to Know as a Caregiver for a Person with Diabetes
Here are a few things to remember when taking care of someone with diabetes:
* Watch for low blood sugar called hypoglycemia. Symptoms include sweating, feeling hot, shakiness and a fast beating heart, confusion, irritability, dizziness, weakness, feeling faint or even a change of behavior.
* Make sure they can take care of themselves (taking their insulin on time, eating).
* Decide if their medical plan and regimen is too complicated for them.
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