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Tips for Teens and Caregivers

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.

Tips for Teens with Diabetes from Fitness Health and Science

Tips for Teens with Diabetes: What is Diabetes? from The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Dating Tips for Teens With Diabetes from Diabetes Forecast

Coping Tips for Teens with Diabetes from Yahoo Voices

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.

5 Things Caregivers Must Know About Diabetes from AARP

Tips for diabetes caregivers from Mayo Clinic

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